Last night Coach toasted its 75th anniversary with a massive, star-studded mens' and women's runway show that included a large build-out inside Pier 94 on Manhattan's West Side that was made to resemble a tableau of small-town Americana, complete with neon lights flashing 'motel' and 'diner' signs. Creative Director Stuart Vevers said his collection was inspired by American optimism and, more specifically, the journey of a young person from the West Coast to the big lights of New York City. But rather than splashy red, white and blue or bright pops of technicolor that might have referenced the '50s post-war boom or early-60s Space Age exhilaration, the clothes had a more somber, '70s-era palette complete with browns, ochres, blood reds and mustard yellows. The uneasy decade was an interesting era to reference when talking about optimism, but perhaps all the more meaningful considering this year's recent events and the national mood, a reminder that one of the most dynamic features of American life is our ability to remain hopeful even during times of turbulence and uncertainty.
Coach 75th Anniversary: Women's Pre-Fall and Men's Fall Show - Runway
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While stars like Drew Barrymore, Emma Roberts, Zoe Kravitz, Michael B. Jordan and Mark Ronson took in the show, a choir came onstage after the models walked off to serenade the audience with a rendition of Alicia Keys and Jay Z's New York anthem "Empire State of Mind." As the song came to the end, fake snow even fell onto the stage.
The night wrapped with a massive party where friends and fashion industry folks could let loose and raise a glass to Coach's major milestone. They make 75 look pretty damn good.