Coach's 75th Anniversary Show Was a Celebration of the American Dream

Coach's 75th Anniversary Show Was a Celebration of the American Dream

The brand feted its anniversary with a runway show that saw the best of American fashion and the people who wear it.

The brand feted its anniversary with a runway show that saw the best of American fashion and the people who wear it.

Text: William Defebaugh

Last night, Coach celebrated its 75th anniversary with a runway show that included both the brand's Pre-Fall 2017 womenswear and Fall 2017 menswear collections in New York City. It was the perfect home for the show, which was intended to toast all things American as much as it was the brand's anniversary: eclecticism, ambition, and diversity.

If there's any statement designer Stuart Vevers was trying to make with the show, it's that these two things are one in the same. The collection was a mix of all-American staples (varsity jackets, sneakers, patchwork) and Vever's own signature touches (the dinosaur insignia, playful illustrations, and colorful monograms). The casting was a reflection of the various races of the country's citizens and, fortunately, the show's styling did little to alter each model's natural hair. Pleasantly, model Casil McArthur, recently photographed by Steven Meisel, brought trans community representation to the runway in a way that felt neither exploitative nor opportunistic.

Drew Barrymore, Zoe Kravitz, Emma Roberts, Dua Lipa, Riley Keough and more A-listers made up the front row at Pier 54, where the venue was made to look like a retro motel, complete with vintage cars and snow falling beneath street lamps. At the end of the show, a choir came out to perform a fitting rendition of "Empire State of Mind." At a time when America is feeling more divided than ever, it was a stirring sentiment that was welcomed by even the most seasoned of fashion attendees—reminding all of us that if there's anywhere that dreams are made, it's indeed New York City.

Click on the slideshow below to view all the looks from the show.

Photos by Thomas Concordia/Getty Images for Coach
Credits: Cover Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Coach

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