STYLE GURU STYLE: Americana Roots

Coach 1941’s pre-fall 2016 runway was one for the books. Coach was once a brand feverishly worn by teens and middle-aged in its heyday. In the past few years, the fashion brand has suffered a lull. With flawed attempts to keep up with passing trends, the brand has subsequently neglected its roots. At the root of Coach is the idea of the sophisticated All-American lifestyle, which was echoed in their pre-fall 2016 show. The show incorporated playful twists on American classic pieces with mixtures of textures like suede in rich earth tones and creative play of different materials like leather and velvet. The brain child in essence was to keep true to what the brand had originally intended to convey.

My take on Coach 1941’s show was to put an emphasis on the western influence that played a part in the show. I also didn’t disregard the fact that with the Western undertones, there was the overarching element of Americana. The key piece in my look is the tribal print poncho. Under that, I am wearing a burgundy and blue plaid shirt. For bottoms, I am wearing light wash high-waisted jeans and green duck boots.

The juxtaposition between the tribal print poncho and the preppy staple of duck boots is reminiscent of  the collection. The show is a testament to experimenting with different aesthetics, Western and Americana. I did a more subdued interpretation of Stuart Vevers’ masterpiece. For textures, I approached it with a more casual perspective. I mixed the flannel with wool and denim, whereas the collection did it more literally with pieces actually comprised of multiple materials and textures.

Get My Look: 1. Tribal print poncho. 2. Plaid shirt. 3. Duck boots.