At the shows in New York this past week, I've seen more Coach duffle coats in the audience than I can count — and quite a few of the brand's leather jackets, too. Fashion editors are into Stuart Vevers's outerwear in a big way — and given how cool and luxe his pieces look, and how functional and easy they are to wear, it's not hard to see why.
Come next fall, they'll have even more to choose from. At the brand's fall 2016 show, held Tuesday afternoon in a mock gymnasium on the West Side Highway, nearly every model wore a statement coat or jacket down the runway — in fact, there were nearly as many outerwear pieces as there were bags, and since it's Coach we're talking about, that's saying something. Last year's pins were replaced by mock varsity letters and school badges, which appeared on everything from shrunken bombers to black leather jackets to navy pea coats. For rainy days, there were oversized trench coats with sherbert-colored faux fur collars (which will definitely be on my buy list for fall), and for cold weather, chocolate-colored shearling toggle coats with psychedelic-print linings. Once again, Vevers served up a host of lust-worthy leather jackets, the best of which was a black leather bomber cut up in a patchwork grid.
Vevers's coats photograph well — but what the images don't show is that they are every bit as thoughtfully crafted in the back as they are the front. While many designers would have limited a complex leather patchwork design to one side of a jacket, Vevers put it all over; likewise, the plaid storm flaps on the backs of a pair of trench coats made them all the more covetable.
You can check them out, along with the rest of the runway collection, in the slideshow below.