NWFW AW16: Coach, cool, hot and hitting the sweet spot

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Coach AW16

I’m beginning to feel like a broken record. For those of you too old to remember broken records, when an old-style vinyl disc got scratched, the needle would get stuck and repeat the same bits again, and again, and agin….

Well that’s me this NYFW. The words I’m stuck on are “shearling coats,” “oversized parkas,” “ankle boots” and “cosy, slouchy knits”. They’ve all been a key feature of the week so far and I’ve loved them all.

At Coach yesterday we got plenty of that. But we got a whole lot more too. This was a collection to covet and made my crush on Stuart Vevers that developed for SS16 even deeper.

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Coach AW16


So, inspired apparently by geeky Velma from Scooby Doo (always more of a heroine to me than soppy Daphne), as well as Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver, it was utterly wearable and designed for people who feel the cold. That’s a tick/VG on my checklist for a start.

We got some great greatcoats, some oversized shearling and shearling-trimmed coats and gilets and there was also a continuation of the varsity jackets Vevers offered for pre-fall.

But these ones were even better. Big and loose, they came with striking geometric motifs that made them stand out from the varsity crowd.

Matched with toning A-line mini skirts, this was suiting with the coolest possible twist. Meanwhile, the little dresses (printed or plain) were also geeky but totally desirable.

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Coach AW16

On the knit front we got sweaters (again oversized) with native American-influenced motifs. But this was no shameless cultural appropriation as the motifs felt almost cartoon-like. They worked well alongside Wild West-influenced dresses and skirt suits as well as studded leather and suede pieces.

But this is Coach I hear you saying, what about the accessories? They weren’t the biggest focus and I read in an interview that Vevers made just a few bags for instant availability as he’s still struggling with the insta-trend that’s gripped New York this season.

They came as gym bags with floral inserts, mini studded frame bags or neat shoulder bags that added to the slightly retro feel.

Personally I preferred the boots – three-quarter-length and ankle-length boots with studding in metallic finish brights or gold. Mmmm. Delicious.

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Coach AW16

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