The popping of flashbulbs made it abundantly clear who was the most important person at the Coach fashion show on Tuesday afternoon in New York: Selena Gomez, the brand’s new face and the most popular person on Instagram with 109 million followers.
Once the photographers had calmed down, the former Disney star settled in among the other VIPs – Drew Barrymore and Selah Marley, the daughter of Lauryn Hill – to watch the presentation of the American leather goods brand’s autumn/winter 17 collection.
To say that Coach is a brand that revels in its American heritage is like saying that Donald Trump is a bit orange, and it was clear from the outset that this would be another examination of Americana: the set was a spooky, cracked facade of a prairie house. Behind the construction was a projection of a desolate landscape punctuated by wonky telephone pylons, like something from Badlands or Paris, Texas.
The clothes combined Little House on the Prairie prints with hip-hop silhouettes. There were oversized trucker hats fashioned from shearling and ragged shearling coats worn with a swagger over checked smock dresses. In among the earthy tones were pops of colour from Park Ranger-style badges. Padded jackets – a typically urban shape seen all over the streets of New York outside the fashion shows – were decorated with delicate flowers.
Coach was founded in New York in 1941 as a small family-owned wallet manufacturer. Last week, Miles Cahn, one of the company’s co-founders, died at the age of 95. It was Cahn’s wife, Lillian, who suggested the company branch out into handbags. Over the years it grew to become one of America’s most famous handbag lines, although until Stuart Vevers’ appointment as creative director three years ago sales had flagged and it had been deemed to lack the cool factor.
In the three years since the Yorkshireman’s appointment Coach has explored Americana in multiple ways, with references ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Elvis to Scooby-Doo’s Velma.
Like Belgian Raf Simons – another European who riffed on Americana in his debut collection for Calvin Klein on Friday – Vevers’ view of American identity was rooted in nostalgia, the past feeling a lot safer than the present this New York fashion week, which is the first to take place under the shadow of the Trump administration.
Vevers’ other hits for Coach have included the kind of poppy, attention-grabbing designs that appeal to street style stars, such as brightly coloured sweatshirts featuring Rexy, a tyrannosaurus rex that adorns many of the label’s designs and has become the house’s very Instagram-friendly mascot.
Though today’s collection was for the premium Coach 1941 line, the buzz it generates will have a halo effect on the company as a whole. And, with charms at around £50 and plenty of handbags at the £250 mark, some items in the Coach range are relatively affordable – in designer fashion terms, at least – which makes the star of today’s show, Selena Gomez, the brand’s ideal ally.Read more at:formal dresses melbourne
Last season’s Michael Kors fashion show was a truly cheerful affair. Rufus Wainwright performed Get Happy with a six-piece band and shouted out, “I’m with her” during his performance. This time the show delivered a more subtle political message that involved an entire orchestra.
As strings played defiant minor-key pop – Sweet Dreams and Papa Don’t Preach featured heavily – models stomped down the catwalk in clothes that conjured an image of a woman who travels between board meetings and cocktail parties on her private jet.
There were cosy, multi-layered cashmere outfits fashioned from a single head-to-toe hue – a lesson from the Jackie O school of dressing – and gold and silver molten lamé gowns. There were luxe leather handbags and beautiful fringed dresses that swayed and sashayed as the models walked.
This was not a collection that would please Peta – there were lots of fur coats – but it did have its own political agenda. It featured models who were more diverse than is typical – the plus-sized model Ashley Graham walked, and there were fortysomethings among the twentysomething waifs. In a press conference before the show, Kors also pointed out that there were models in the show from every continent.
“I have devoted my career to diversity,” he said. “Someone at the office was saying about the immigration conversation and I said, in America, unless you are Native American, everyone is an immigrant. The whole country is.”
He also talked about creating clothes for “powerful” women, and about making women feel “protected and cosy and sexy at the same time”. It was not a specific anti-Trump statement – those have been thin on the ground from the big brands so far this fashion week – but it was something.
Kors also created a couple of entirely new pieces. One had the playful working title of the “schmoo”, a jumper-shaped creation designed to be used “like a security blanket” and tied around the waist or neck, “because with a real sweater,” he explained, “there is always too much fabric.”
Another innovation brought to mind Melania Trump: a camel jacket created specifically for shoulder-robing – wearing one’s coat over the shoulders, one of the first lady’s favoured styling tricks.
Indeed, it has been hard not to see the Melania aesthetic in many collections, from the power coats at Oscar de la Renta to the pussybow blouses at Tory Burch. Given that she is a huge consumer of luxury fashion, this is a connection designers will find increasingly difficult to ignore.Read more at:marieaustralia.com | bridesmaid dresses
There may be a lot of scrutiny on what celebrities wear, but actress Aditi Rao Hydari says she is not bothered by what fashion police feels and wears clothes in which she is comfortable.
"They (paparazzi) are doing their work. It is up to me how I take things. One can either spend time cribbing or being happy. I feel there is no point cribbing.
"There is lot of scrutiny on what we wear but it depends on how you look at it. I chose to look at it in a positive way as I have fans who like me the way I am," Aditi told PTI.
For the 30-year-old actress fashion is an extension of one's personality.
"It's (fashion) like being in a playground and you can have so much fun with it. There are two ways again either it (fashion) can burden you or you can enjoy it, you should have fun with it. I don't know what's in or what's out I wear what I like and what I am comfortable wearing," she added.
In real life the "Wazir" actress says she prefers to ditch makeup.
"I am mostly no makeup person. But as an actor I rely on makeup. For me makeup is about quality. I keep it minimal. I I love mascara, nail paints, lipstick, kajal," she said.
"Beauty is about owning who you are. When you are happy you are beautiful. Happiest girls are the prettiest girls. It's true."
Aditi, who has been appointed as a brand ambassador for beauty company Avon, says for her quality matters the most while associating with any product.
"For me everything overrides quality and that's what I look for in films as well as brands. You should be proud to be associated with the brand."
On work front she will next be seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati" and Mani Ratnam's "Kaatru Veliyidai".Read more at:marieaustralia