Spring might be months away but one look at the Coach spring/summer 2016 collection presented during the New York Fashion Week and you can be sure that spring is in the air! There is something about the way the focus is on the feminine beauty while still covering up just enough of the body to ward off the chill that is all the more appealing, particularly when considering the fact that during the past year, most designers opted to reveal as much of the body as possible. Now, this does not mean Coach is bringing in nuns for its 2016 line-up either. On the contrary, we are treated to shorter skirts along with the midi lengths passing the knees and lower rounded necklines, as well as sleeveless outfits, but at the end of the day, 2016 seems to be more about modesty that excessive shows of skin.
Coach has opted for a busier stylization for its SS 2016 collection, bringing in multiple colors, patterns and fabrics to achieve the multidimensional feel that is oh so present in its presentation on that High Line. It certainly felt like a real runway show to us and the 75th anniversary of the house certainly began with a splash. The latest in Coach products includes its more exclusive, pricey and certainly more appealing Coach 1941 collection that will have limited distribution and will be big on the ready-to-wear options. The runway itself was mirrored and lined with grass and wildflowers, bringing about such an incredible scene that we were mesmerized by the river imitation techniques used. It almost appeared as if the ladies prancing forward were indeed walking on water. Plus, with creative director Stuart Vevers’ love for everything American, despite his British background, the detailing was so very fitting for the New York Fashion Week.
While we are in love with nearly everything that has to do with the Coach spring 2016 collection, there are some aspects to the garments that really caught our attention. For one, the below the knee trend is fantastic and the fact that we have skirts reaching mid-thigh or just above the knees even more astounding. After years of minis and maxis, something in the middle and more fitting for the vast majority of the population is a welcome sight on the runways. Plus, Coach has really centered itself on the flirty versus the sexy, bringing in gorgeous patchwork tiered dresses with pleated hemlines that give us a slightly ‘90s impression, while vests appear with vigor, ready to capture the hearts of the fashion forward with their mustard or black and white coloring on leather or calico patchwork fabrics.
Bringing the 1970s over as well, we are in love with the work with the suede options, something to be expected from a house known for its use of leathers in the most modern and forward thinking of designs. The Calico prairie prints on the dresses and skirts were possibly the most alluring of nostalgic elements incorporated in this particular Coach SS 2016 collection.
Photos courtesy of Vogue