NEW YORK (AP) — Coach turned back the clock with a collection of looks reminiscent of bygone eras, including 1970s romance and 1990s grunge, with a theatrical presentation at New York Fashion Week.
Designer Stuart Vevers mixed a small-town aesthetic with a runway runway show inside a giant basketball facility, and featured vignettes of Americana on Monday’s show in the cavernous space of Basketball City on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Entitled “Somewhere in America,” the theme was quintessential suburbia, beginning with mundane activities of everyday life.
Models sat in houses, pulled bags of groceries from the back of a station wagon and took a perfectly groomed Afghan dog for a walk. There were even a few bikes being ridden through the dimly lit venue. There was also a nod to Valentine’s Day, with red roses and heart-shaped cookies at every seat.
According to the show’s press release, the British designer wanted to “evoke familiar feelings of home and nostalgia for the shared experiences and American stories that bind us all.”
As the theatrical performances drew to a close, the collection emerged, with models walking down a lighted path to music by The Carpenters.
Many of the handbags were neon-colored, as were the glasses. Leather vests, pants and waistcoats were slim and bold with an edgy 1970s style, while the billowing shearling coats gave the impression of a soft, warm hug. Babydoll dresses with lace, crochet and colorful patterns featured looks ranging from 1960s mod to 1970s bohemian. As for the grunge, there were a lot of oversized printed t-shirts with designs by California-based graffiti artists Mint and Serf.
From The Carpenter’s version of “Superstar” during the show, the finale switched to the more sinister cover of Sonic Youth. As this song played, the models skipped the traditional group walk down the runway and instead converged from either corner towards the front of the Somewhere in America set, standing in front of the houses and props and waiting for Vevers to bow.
Celebrities at the house included music stars Meghan Thee Stallion and Ava Max, Riverdale actor Charles Melton and actor Tommy Dorfman.
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