Best shows from NYFW SS18 Day 7: Coach 1941 and Ralph Lauren

Best shows from NYFW SS18 Day 7: Coach 1941 and Ralph Lauren

New York Fashion Week

Text: Veronika Bondarenko

Coach pays homage to the work of graffiti artist Keith Haring and Ralph Lauren transforms his private garage into a runway

The collection: Oh, New York. There's no debate whether Stuart Vevers will or will not always be inspired by the electric city, but with the help of American graffiti artist Keith Haring, Coach's mastermind sent out a collection that was as exceptional as the metropolis itself. Picture this: Sequin dresses (look 17 & 19), T-shirts (looks 15, 20, 25 & 30) and the brand's oh-so-iconic shearlings (look 55) imprinted with the mark of Haring. Tuning in to a younger audience and cranking up the party meter by way of satin suits and shimmery frocks, there's no doubt Coach will strike the hearts of cool kids with spring 2018.

The set: It wasn't just the ensembles that bore imprints of New York. Models walked down a glittered runway to the sounds of ambulance sirens and a rumbling subway — because, is there any other way to experience the Big Apple?

Spotted in the front row: Campaign girl and boy, Selena Gomez and James Franco, along with Emma Roberts.

The collection: Fast cars, beautiful gowns — Ralph Lauren gave new meaning to exclusivity by hosting his runway show in his personal garage. Befittingly, his fall 2017 collection read like the wardrobe of the gentleman and lady that would inhabit this world. First came an influx of suiting (looks 1 to 16), followed by top-to-toe leather outfits (looks 27 to 32) — likely a nod at motorcross racing but realistically, probably worn to raise the roof in. And then, a calvacade of tulle gowns (looks 48, 49, 54, 56, 59). Each piece in the collection is as sleek as the speed monsters under his roof.

Something you might have missed: Diane Keaton, whom the designer dressed in Annie Hall, made an appearance.

The set: Lauren's personal collection of Bugatti, Ferrari and Bentley supercars served as the backdrop. 

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