On December 8, Coach presented Creative Director Stuart Vevers’ pre-fall 2019 men’s and women’s collection as the brand’s first-ever runway show in China, at West Bund Art Center in Shanghai. The show, Coach Lights Up Shanghai, and subsequent after party coincided with the brand’s 15th anniversary in China.
Inspired by Coach’s optimistic and inclusive attitude, the event brought together two of the world’s most unique, vibrant cities – Shanghai and New York – and celebrated their energy with a neon spectacle highlighting the “bright lights, big city” attitude they share.
The collection represented a sensory experience that explores the unique attitude of New York City–and Coach’s place within it. A twilight world where rock-and-roll’s elegance is suggestive of Alice Cooper’s bold early 1970s aesthetic. Elongated tailoring and tall, patchwork shoes. Exaggerated handkerchief hems on floral dresses. Lightly draped, soft leather and suede jackets–like a second-skin. Brightly colored, cloud-like shearling “chubby” jackets and loveworn mohair sweaters–boldly graphic like vibrant abstract paintings. The Dreamer bag evolves with a dressed-up kisslock closure, lavish crafted patchwork over Coach’s Signature pattern.
Collaborations with contemporary creatives based in China are at the heart of the collection as they reimagined Coach’s beloved dinosaur, Rexy. Sui Jianguo’s T-Rex sculpture is photographed to create a distorted photo print. Music collective YETI OUT incorporated Rexy into their signature graphic round face. Zhu Jingyi playfully recontextualized the brand’s mascot in an authentic ink drawing and graphic artist Guang Yu reinterpreted Rexy in a fierce hand-drawn graffiti print.
COACH’S A-LIST FRONT ROW
Vevers presented his latest collection to an audience that included actress and current face of the brand’s fragrance, Chloe Grace Moretz; Chinese actor and current brand ambassador Timmy Xu; Japanese actress, model and current brand ambassador Kiko Mizuhara; Sui Jianguo; Thomas Bray of Yeti Out; Zhu Jingyi; Guang Yu; Liu Wen; Ji Soo and Rosé of Blackpink; Hannah Quinlivan; Amiaya; Nick Chou; Billie Wang; Dylan Xiong; Lawrence Wong; Vivian Li; Yvonne Ching; Tim Yu; Awaken; Hao Boys; Janice Man; Fazura; Fattah Amin; De Cao; Chau Bui; Valerie Thomas; Arifin Putra; as well as key editors, stylists, retailers and influencers.
The show was immediately followed by a lively after party, that included DJ sets from brand ambassador Timmy Xu, collaborator Thomas Bray of Yeti Out, and DJ Dazzy, and activations that included breakdance performances, live wheatpasting and graffiti art, among others.