The Megabus stop on 34th Street on the way to Coach’s fall runway show heralds cities as far afield as Cleveland, Hartford and Baltimore — just the type of places Stuart Vevers had in mind when designing Coach 1941. “It’s like an American quilt,” he said backstage after the show. “These different inspirations are more than the sum of their parts. I like taking things apart and putting them back together again.”
This season a basketball court, presumably like one found in every American high school, was the stage for a tough, yet sweetly nostalgic Coach lineup. Vevers’ biggest focus was the varsity jacket, which he reimagined in oversize and cropped versions — gussying them up with sport-inspired logos and Coach insignias. These were worn over A-line miniskirts in tapestry prints, felted woolens that coordinated with the jackets, or leather and suede. But a girl doesn’t live on varsity jackets alone, so Vevers offered outerwear options aplenty: parkas, trenches, fur vests, shearlings, navy peacoats and leather bikers.
Vevers loves a good quilting motif, and he worked it on the leather biker and interspersed it into an oversize patchwork shearling coat. A navy wool group with the collection’s sole trousers picked up on another aspect of Americana, the military, while ruffled plaid shirts and multiprint dresses added a sweet side. A leather duffel dangling with charms was the main bag of the season and Vevers grounded the entire look with metallic midcalf boots and studded wedge loafers — because being cool in high school means scoring fashion points off the field, too.