Coachs Spring 2016 show, staged on Manhattans High Line, saw Stuart Vevers ready-to-wear vision brought to life. From floaty bohemian dresses to patchwork leather and bold trouser suits, the 70s influence is clear, but lace detailing and ditsy prints add a folky, Americana twist. Preppy knitwear and prairie-girl collars walked alongside suede co-ords, embellished t-shirts, and dark printed maxi dresses. Silhouettes mixed masculine and feminine, with oversized suede coats and floral printed biker jackets worn over tea dresses. Pointed zip-up shoe boots in black, white, silver and yet more patchwork leather offered the perfect finishing touch. Coach is soon to mark its 75th anniversary as an accessories retailer, and the brands leather goods are traditional style staples. There were plenty of classic bags featured on the runway, but the Spring 2016 collection proves that, under Vevers, Coach has real fashion credentials.
Words by Claire Kidman