Stuart Vevers’ AW23 Coach show, with its leather short-shorts, hulking oversized shearling jackets and bags shaped like puckered kisses, formed a wardrobe that could easily dress a myriad of New York style tribes. The designer dubbed the collection “a reflection on the heritage that defines us, through the lens of a new generation”, not only through the show’s styling, but its inclusive street-casting and a dedication to craft and circularity.
Take the excellent leather pieces, including lean trench coats and low-slung pencil skirts paired with stomper boots, which were made using discarded scraps. Or a procession of wispy, frilled silk slip dresses, particularly terrific in mint green and lavender, which came part of Coach’s (Re)Loved program, which reimagines the end-of-life for pre-loved Coach pieces.
Elsewhere, shearling standouts included fluffy collard pea-coats fashioned from cracked leather and teddy coats frosted with crystals. There were also knitted roll neck dresses which came stamped with dinosaurs, Mickey Mouse and an apple etched with New York’s initials – all made using recycled wool. Slightly dishevelled in their appearance, they looked weathered from years of wear. Such pieces will undoubtedly be well-loved by Coach customers globally.
Photography courtesy of Coach.