NEW YORK (AP) — Coach stepped back in time with a collection of looks harkening back to eras past, including 1970s romance and 1990s grunge, with a theatrical presentation at New York Fashion Week.
Mixing small-town aesthetics with a fashion show at a massive basketball center, designer Stuart Vevers showed vignettes of Americana during Monday’s show at the cavernous Basketball City space in the Lower Manhattan’s East Side. Entitled “Somewhere in America,” the theme was the quintessential suburbia, beginning with the mundane activities of everyday life.
Models sat inside homes, pulled bags of groceries out of the back of a station wagon, and walked a perfectly groomed Afghan Hound. There were even a few bikes riding through the dimly lit room. There was also a nod to Valentine’s Day, with red roses and heart-shaped cookies placed on each seat.
According to the show’s press notes, the British designer wanted to “evoke familiar feelings of home and nostalgia for the shared experiences and American stories that connect us all.”
As the theater ended, the collection emerged, with models walking down a lighted path to music by The Carpenters.
Most of the handbags were fluorescent, as were the glasses. Leather vests, pants and vests were tight and bold with a 1970s edginess, while puffy shearling coats felt soft and warm cuddly. Babydoll dresses with lace, crochet and brightly colored patterns sported looks ranging from 1960s mod to 1970s boho. drawings by Californian graffiti artists Mint and Serf.
From The Carpenter’s version of “Superstar” during the show, the finale shifted to the weirder Sonic Youth cover. As this song played, the models skipped the traditional group walking the runway, instead converging from both corners towards the front of the “Somewhere in America” set, standing in front of houses and props and waiting for Vevers to bow out. .
Celebrities in the house included music stars Meghan Thee Stallion and Ava Max, ‘Riverdale’ actor Charles Melton and actor Tommy Dorfman.