Monday Muse: True Romance Inspires Coach Spring 2015
Last season, the very British Stuart Vevers showed Coach’s first-ever ready-to-wear collection. That collection was inspired by Americana and for Spring 2015, Vevers is still obsessing over America. Only this time, he’s not looking at the urbane, he’s taking to the open road on an all-American road trip. Combined with Patricia Arquette’s character Alabama Whitman in the film True Romance, Vevers instilled a sense of intrigue and mystery into his girl with his spin on classic American imagery.
We’ve come to expect an informal presentation from Vevers, who showed the collection en masse in front of vignettes just like his debut show (it’s a little less formal than a full-on runway extravaganza). The open road theme let him explore American heritage in a whole different way. What would a girl pack into her bag (Coach’s Dakotah, natrually) if she was headed out on an impromptu ride? What would she pick up along the way? In Vevers mind, she picked up a shaggy coat from a vintage shop here, snagged some platform pool slides from a sundries shop there and mashed them all together in a sort of dusty pastel rainbow that was accented with traffic cone orange.
Without the mashup of cinematic romance and Arquette’s naivet© that brought together those fun fur coats and vinyl minis, the collection was actually full of real clothes.
Coach may be pushing ready to wear, but what’s going to make a girl drive down Route 66 to their nearest Coach store is the bags. Vevers toughened up a few of the more familiar shapes with pebbled leather and added a handy crossbody to satchels — and trust us, the micro-mini bag isn’t going anywhere. The bags were done up in muted metallics and some were embellished with bold studs, because when acid green clogs come your way, your bag has to make a statement to stand out.
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