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NYFW AW15: The Transformation Of Coach

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It was on my first trip to New York some 15 years ago that I was introduced to Coach, back then it was a little too logo-heavy for me, it was more safe than fashionable, and seemed a little low-rent than luxury. Fast forward to 2011 when the brand finally came to the UK and I realised that there was more to the brand than the all-over logo print, there was a beauty about their use of classic colours and simple shapes. These were the pieces that might not excite the fashion pack but I still lusted over the simple, quality and more affordable designs than other luxury labels.

Even still, the use of colour and classic styles wasn’t enough for me to add a Coach bag to my collection, the only piece I own is actually Barbie-sized, it seems that other brands including Kate Spade and Rebecca Minkoff took my attention, however, I think that is all going to change with this latest collection shown during New York Fashion Week this weekend. 

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When Stuart Vevers took on the creative director role, three seasons ago, I thought it was a great move for the American label, he is a brilliant designer at creating covetable handbags, he did it at Mulberry and more so at Loewe, but I wondered whether his vision for the brand would make any major impact on fashion, its reputation, and improve its sales. 

Well I think the autumn/winter 2015 collection most certainly puts his vision for Coach firmly on the side of cool, not just cool for the fashion pack, but also for the everyday shopper, and most importantly I think these pieces will bring in a younger crowd.

I also think a lot of people, including myself, will start seeing the brand differently, for me this was the first time I thought of Coach as a fashion label rather than just a handbag brand. The reason I think for my transformation of thoughts has to be the fact I’ve fallen pretty hard for the shearling, the leather biker jackets, the cut knits, especially that skull one, as well as the fact I need those shearling Moto boots, like now. All that love and I haven’t even mentioned a bag, even though I do also love that yellow cross-body saddle bag with “Lucky” scribbled on the side.

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There was a personality to this collection, I just adore the contrast between the utility and the luxury, while it still being so wearable, and it makes me think that this is the turning point for Coach, it needed a transformation and it seems that Vevers is certainly the man for the job. 

I love that it was inspired by what Vevers calls the “dreamy romance” of the American landscape, it is important for the brand to still show its American heritage and I think this collection really bridges the gap between an old and modern brand. I also thought it was a great move that the presentations focus was on the clothes rather than the accessories, it shows that this is a brand that is serious about its ready-to-wear and I am sure, price dependant, that this will be a successful collection. 

In the show notes, Vevers describes the collection as “being part of the gang” and I have to tell you I so want to join!!!

What are your thoughts on the transformation of Coach?

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Watch Live: New York Fashion Week Livestream

Fashion month has started and so you don’t miss a minute I will be showing the spring/summer 2013 collections as they are presented on the runway at the Lincoln Centre in New York. See the likes of Rebecca Minkoff, Charlotte Ronson, Jill Stuart, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Michael Kors.

Below is the show schedule, all times are EST, and when no show is live the guys at Rightster will play highlights on a loop:

Thursday, September 6:
9am Nicholas K

10am BCBGMAXAZRIA

11am Richard Chai

2pm Tadashi Shoji

Friday, September 7:

3pm Rebecca Minkoff

6pm Nicole Miller

7pm Charlotte Ronson

Saturday,September 8:

10am Lacoste

11am Jill Stuart

2pm Mara Hoffman

3pm Herve Leger by Max Azria

7pm Monique Lhuillier

Sunday,September 9:

11am Lela Rose

2pm Tracy Reese

3pm Custo Barcelona

4pm Diane Von Furstenberg

6pm Timo Weiland

8pm Chado Ralph Rucci

Monday,September 10:

10am Carolina Herrera

11am Carlos Miele

3pm Reem Acra

Tuesday,September 11th:

10am Badgley Mischka

1pm Jenny Packham

Wednesday,September 12th:

9am Bibhu Mohapatra

10am Michael Kors

1pm Rachel Zoe

2pm J. Mendel

3pm Milly By Michelle Smith

6pm Anna Sui

7pm Vivienne Tam

NYFW: Victoria Beckham – When Military-Met-Sporty

Victoria Beckham has proved that she is a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry with her latest collection – I just absolutely loved it all. This collection really showed how much the label has evolved, her trademark fitted dresses were still present and looking amazing, but they were joined by beautifully tailored coats, flirty skirts and lots of cute details such as baseball collars, as well as military epaulettes and buttons.

This was a capsule collection of 22 day dresses, or as Victoria put it ‘workwear’ featuring shorter cocktail and day dresses, which was just a taster of the autumn/winter 2012 line. I have to admit my first thought was that there wasn’t any formal eveningwear, which I am sure was worrying a few stylists, but apparently there are options in the showroom for buyers and celebrities to feast on for the Oscars.

I loved her use of colour against a mainly black palette, the pops of red and sky blue looked amazing against the autumnal olive and maroon tones. Her use of contrasting colourways worked well on the sporty dresses, as did the inclusion of the magic trick dress that makes you look slimmer with the centre panel in a different colour – but most of all I adored the baseball-style collars and the styling of football socks slouched down with motorbike boots.

Overall this collection had all of her touches with the figure-hugging silhouettes but with an added confidence with the addition of gorgeous tailored coats, and I just adored the added twists of flirty short sleeveless dresses with epaulettes but nothing to hang them onto, as well as the harness-style straps, gold military button details and the exposed zips down the back of the dresses.

There was also a nod to her family for autumn/winter with David snapping away on the front row to the beanies inspired by his favourite headgear, and the baseball style touches coming from their son Romeo, and there was even a bag named after baby girl Harper.

[Images: Style.com]

NYFW AW12: Monique Lhuillier Brings The Glamour

I am always a little hesitant on blogging too many New York Fashion Week shows especially as I am not there in person, but I couldn’t resist posting these gorgeous gowns from the Monique Lhuillier autumn/winter 2012 collection showcased yesterday. I think I was in the minority when I loved Sarah Michelle Gellar’s blue ink swirl gown worn to the Golden Globes, but one thing that no one can dispute is how absolutely striking Monique Lhuiller’s floor-length gowns are – and I am sure after yesterdays show a number of high-profile stylists are trying to pull these looks in for their clients for possible Oscar options.

Sticking to a colour palette of mainly red and black, apparently inspired by the fact that it is the year of the dragon, there were some gorgeous fiery prints mixed in that was inspired by lava and volcanic stones and I just loved the vibrant red lippy and sleeked back hair. The whole show was just exquisite and I just loved all the long and lean silhouettes and I hope that a couple of these beauties make the Oscars.

Black always features on the red carpet at major award ceremonies and this collection was full of elegant black floor-skimming gowns. I loved the mix of sheer chiffon skirts, sheer mesh panels, lace detailing, and sexy thigh-high splits. I could totally see Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, or even Emma Stone working these gorgeous gowns – classics with a sexy twist always gets my vote.

These two dresses are my outside bets for the red carpet, I just love the colours, the textures and the silhouette of the volcanic rock print is just divine – I love the leather corset belt nipping in the waist.

[Pics: Style.com]