Street smart

Stuart Vevers conjures a glittering cityspace of seventies New York for Coach’s spring/summer 2018 catwalk show

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Since taking the creative helm of Coach, British designer Stuart Vevers has used his catwalk sets to explore the US history of the brand. From grassy prairie scenes, to images of Texan gas stations, Vevers’ runway constructions have spotlighted various facets of Americana – for the S/S 2018 show at Basketball City, the designer looked a little closer to the home of the brand, with a set design resembling a glittering Manhattan alley.

Vevers worked with set designer Stefan Beckman on a nighttime scene, which evoked the seventies-era New York experienced by the artist Keith Haring. Shimmering water towers and rooftops were dotted along the runway, crafted in wood and covered – like the rest of the catwalk – with 300lbs of shimmering gunmetal glitter. Models weaved between metal lamp-posts, through a dark doorway and even past a sparkling vintage Cadillac, and as the show began, video footage featuring the work of Haring was projected onto the walls of the runway, a nod to the artist who inspired the collection.


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