Designer Stuart Vevers looks to New York as his inspiration for his dazzling Spring 2018 collection
“New York is a city that celebrates individuality. I think that is something that makes it very special.” Stuart Vevers tells us of the city that inspires his latest collection for Coach 1941 after the show. He continued his celebration of American heritage, venturing into the Big Apple. For Coach’s runway set, Vevers teamed with Stefan Beckman to recreate a sparkling life-sized New York landscape complete with block buildings, fire escapes and a muscle car, all drenched beautifully in glitter.
Staple pieces such as prairie slip dresses, midi skirts, varsity jackets and leather jackets were given a dressier treatment, with additions of sequins, satin, lace, metallic embroideries as well as burnished hardware.”I imagined the Coach girl dressing up.” Vevers said of the collection. “A pretty little something on the New York street.”
But what really stood out for us were the fun, quirky prints from New York legend, artist Keith Haring. “I’ve always loved Keith Haring ever since I was a kid, and his work stood out to me,” he added. “Even though at that time I didn’t necessarily understand it as art, but I loved the energy and immediacy that his work had.” The designer placed some of the artist’s best-known works on T-shirts, dresses, outerwear and even bags. And one of those bags with the Keith Haring prints was the mailbox bag, a reinterpreted classic piece from Coach’s archives that was first created by Bonnie Cashin in 1972.