Coach demonstrated that it’s a brand that means serious business when it erected a huge show structure on the High Line above Hudson Yard. Wild flowers and pampas grass sprouted between the meandering catwalk for Stuart Vevers’s first womenswear catwalk show for the brand.
As a company that has grown its business with leather goods and accessories, the spring/summer season will always be the greater challenge. Vevers addressed this by taking us to the prairie with the vast majority of the clothes in delicate floral prints that could have been worn by a prairie housewife. Whether drop-waist dresses with tiered skirts or chiffon biker jackets, or even mixed with khaki on a parka or reversible military jacket, the wild flower prints ran wild.
Taking a cue from Burberry, where the catwalk shows feature a couple of strong ideas and run with it, Coach put its faith in florals along with some strong leather pieces.
Miniskirts came in coloured leather with patchwork and appliqué detailing, as did some great car coats and biker jackets that toughened up the easy dresses.
Bags featured heavily, whether saddle shaped or closer to bowling in all sizes, and mimicking the colours and prints of the clothes. In all it was an optimistic display to herald in the 75th year of the brand.