Coach creative director Stuart Vevers has paid homage to late artist Richard Bernstein with his spring 2020 collection.
For the new season, Vevers and his team have partnered with the estate of Bernstein, who was the artist behind Interview magazine’s distinctive illustrated covers for almost 20 years, to use a selection of his portraits on a range of tops.
And during his spring/summer 2020 catwalk presentation as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday evening, models were seen wearing Bernstein’s portraits of Michael J. Fox, Barbra Streisand, and Rob Lowe – Vever’s idols growing up – on vest tops, T-shirts, jumpers, and a dress.
The show, which took place on the High Line, served as a nod to ’80s New York and celebrated “the electric attitude of the New Wave”. It featured 78 bags, each one brought out of the archives from one of the label’s 78 years and remastered.
“The brand’s heritage graphically subverted with vibrant colour, the electric attitude of New Wave – and today’s new New Wave,” said a Coach spokesperson. “The energetic pop illustrations of Richard Bernstein playfully juxtaposed with Coach’s strong, straightforward leather goods heritage. A purposeful synthesis of stripped-back and upbeat. This vivid, reimagined past, as dynamic as the city it’s made for.”
Vevers’s show opened with a model rocking a cherry red leather trench coat with flat black sandals, and the collection heavily featured leather designs, including red, brown and green trousers, pink and dark red skirts, black and green jackets and trench coats in a variety of hues.
The models also sported patterned shirts and a range of knitwear, including a yellow sleeveless vest with a martini glass pattern, and a green jumper featuring a large prawn motif.
The catwalk stars, which included Kaia Gerber, Adut Akech, and Abby Champion mostly wore flat shoes – wide colourful sandals, high-top sneakers with a trio of straps, or pointed flat pumps.
Celebrities on the front row included Coach ambassador Michael B. Jordan, Girls actress Jemima Kirke, and rapper Megan Thee Stallion.
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