The Coach 1941 show at New York fashion week was a sparkly affair. Or as ELLE's editor, Anne-Marie Curtis, said afterward: 'There was just glitter everywhere.'
Glitz and shimmer? At a fashion show? It could have descended into tacky-showmanship, but not in creative director Stuart Vevers' very capable hands.
'The girls had so much attitude. It was that effortless chuck-a-leather-jacket-over-the-top look. The models looked like they merely had jeans and t-shirts on. It was very underdone - but they looked amazing.'
With a star-spangled front row (Charli XCX, James Franco and more turned up), and a sidewalk that literally sparkled, Vevers steered away from the prairies and plains of his autumn/winter '17 collection and towards the nightclubs and bars of big cities, by way of flamboyant embellished outerwear, decorative dresses and glittery boots.
As Anne-Marie says: 'it's an effortlessly cool way to do evening wear. You want to be in the Coach gang. You want the jackets, the shoes, you want all of it.'
The British designer said his inspiration board included transgender model Hari Nef.
'Hari was at an event recently wearing one of our long prairie dresses and when the party got going she took it off and just wore the slip underneath,' Vevers explains. 'That really stuck in my mind when I was designing this collection.'
The result? Clever day to night silk slip dresses decorated with lace details and layered over mesh t-shirts. They were the kind of thing that screamed young Hollywood, as in Coach ambassador Selena Gomez who sat front row. With some 126 million Instagram followers, the social-superstar was asked to design her own line for the brand earlier this year. It's a canny move: her Selena Grace bag quickly became the brand's top seller and has ushered in a younger, yet savvier audience.
And now, a whole new collection from the brand. Here are ELLE's top three pieces from the collection. You can thank us later.