The Coach 1941 collection was noteworthy on multiple fronts, especially as it marked a move by Stuart Vevers away from his usual Western-boho Americana to a New York City-influenced style. But the biggest news came on the print and graphics front.
Vevers is fond of collaborating with the estate of influential artists and this time it was Richard Bernstein, the artist who defines Interview magazine’s cover look in its Warhol heyday.
Vevers used some of Bernstein’s memorable portraits (Barbra Streisand, Michael J Fox and Rob Lowe) as the focal point of otherwise-simple tops and otherwise-undecorated bags.
It’s a look that could be used as to give an instant and high-profile makeover to core basics, adopting the overall style, without actually stepping on anyone’s toes with a celebrity image.
And in keeping with the retro edge that Bernstein’s work added, the rest of the collection’s prints also looked back to the decade many designers are referencing this season, the 1980s.
Think cocktail glass repeats and scenes (complete with the letters NYC to ram the new mood home), scattered irregular polkadots in a primary-toned 80s palette, logo repeats, skyscrapers and hearts.
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