The renaissance of the 70s continue to be a strong trend at New York Fashion Week as we experienced American fashion house, Coach’s Fall 2020 collection, helmed by Creative Director Stuart Vevers. Vevers presented both menswear and womenswear in a single show, knowing that key pieces such as his shearling jackets and oversized, slouchy handbags can easily be worn by anyone. More and more in ready-to-wear collections, the lines that separate gender in fashion are dissolving and it’s a wonderful sight to see.
Vevers explores a colourful, vibrant side of New York, a city that has continuously inspires his vision, and worked with the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat to incorporate some of the late American artist’s works into his runway pieces. The use of primary colours in Vever’s latest collection directly references Basquiat’s use of colours in his own artworks. The leather skirts in fire-engine red and sunshine yellow paired with blouses in brilliant baby blue echo the late artists’ favoured hues.
As with previous collections from Coach, layering plays a huge role in each look together with the house’s signature shearling outerwear pieces. This time, the fits are more relaxed and oversized, harking back to the 70s and leather boots have been swapped out for sneakers and pumps. This relaxed vibe carries through to the accessories. Geometric bags are effortlessly carried like wristlets while slouchy ones are folded and tucked under the arm, exuding a “busy New Yorker” attitude through and through.