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Published: 14 Sep 2016

S/S 17 Influencer Show: Coach

A singular vision, strongly defined styling and a seasonless approach to Spring/Summer 2017 gave Stuart Vevers’ latest collection for Coach the sit-up-and-take-notice factor – a welcome diversion from the mediocrity that has been the stamp of much of New York Fashion Week. 

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It comes as no surprise that the American Dream should inspire designers in this hard-fought election year, and Vevers turned his attention to the years of Elvis in the 50s, played out against a backdrop of beaten-up vintage American cars.

The early rock and roll years were notable for the sense of rebellion they brought into play, and Vevers’ girls were good-girls-gone-bad, their biker jackets bristling with grommets, vintage bottle caps and studs, while western-style fringing morphed into sashaying, don’t-mess-with-me skirt belts.

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Black denim and leather reinforced the girl-gang look, along with studded, creeper-soled boots and the Presley motif-print tees and sweats. But our bad girl had a softer side, too, with homespun-style tea dresses and their vintage rose prints, ric-rac trims, lace ruffles and ribbon ties bringing a Sunday-best feel that perfectly offset the collection’s harder-edged feel.

Vevers tapped into authentic western detailing with his rodeo panelling for suede skirts and dresses, while military inspiration came in the shape of rose-appliquéd camo-print blousons and sheer blouses. There were even lace-collaged biker jackets and heart-shaped studs for that tough-girl take on prettified styles.

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And to complete the look, a host of covetable accessories, from those studded metallic boots to padlock-adorned wrist ties and mini chain-handled bags in sugar candy colours with full-on fringe trims.

NEED TO KNOW:

  • Fifties Americana
  • Girl-gangs-meet-Sunday-best
  • Appliquéd, studded and collaged bikers and riders
  • Black denim, leather, coloured suede and rose print chiffons
  • Rose appliqués, heart-shaped studs and Elvis motif prints
  • Pretty tea dresses contrasted with studded fringing
  • Western rodeo panelling and authentic western-style detailing.
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