New York fashion week: Coach takes an outsider’s view of classic Americana
Creative director Stuart Vevers drew deeply on his time in Santa Fe for his 1941 show
Increasingly, fashion is keen on providing a moment as well as a fashion show. At New York fashion week, Coach was no different. The venue for the Tuesday afternoon 1941 show, a warehouse space on the Hudson, was transformed into a movie set: glittery sand underfoot and dominated by a huge dinosaur made of rusty salvaged metal. Elsewhere, there was a shopping trolley, and a burnt-out car. Think the world of Mad Max Fury Road, but with celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg and Lakeith Stanfield and fashion models as its inhabitants.
The collection could be described as punk meets prairie, with models wearing frilled Little House on the dresses, with biker jackets and earrings made from forks. Denim, leather and shearling dominated, with an XXXXL hoodie the shape for next spring. In a collaboration with Disney, 101 Dalmatians, the Aristocats and Bambi scampered down the catwalk. A Dumbo sweater, meanwhile, is destined to stamp all over social media.