Menswear S/S 2016: riding high on a Coach trip

Menswear S/S 2016: riding high on a Coach trip

California Dreamin’

Site: Noelle Faulkner

With a nod to The Beach Boys, skater slackers and Venice-esque nostalgia, Coach’s S/S ‘16 men’s collection was a dope celebration of West Coast Americana cool

Psychedelic prints, furry pool slides, slip-on sneakers, vibrant mohair jumpers, and piece-y street-like outerwear, if there was a show to wake up to this morning to remind us that a lazy summer is still six months away (sorry), it was Coach's spring/summer '16 menswear collection, which has just walked in London.

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Stomping to a Tame Impala soundtrack, the boys and girls (Coach favourites Binx Walton, Julia Bergshoeff and Lexi Boling all made an appearance in the show, proving that this is a drop the ladies can steal from) and their rose-coloured glasses were sent down a catwalk littered with vertical skate ramps and American flags, conjuring '90s and early '00s-era images of surf, skate and acid rave culture along the way. Backstage, creative director Stuart Vevers name-checked his muses: The Beach Boys, The Beastie Boys and the Kennedy boys, with a slight wink to the loafers and leisurists of the U.S of A.

Accessory-wise, shaggy-haired dudes carried satchels, duffle bags, bum-bags and totes in amethyst, tiger print, tan and black tones, some also echoing the swirling prints and patchworked fabrics in the clothing. "I wanted it to feel fresh, young and joyful at the same time," Vevers told WWD backstage"...for a cool, American guy.

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