STYLE GURU STYLE: Hot Off The High Line

April 6th, 2016 at 2:00am

I worked my first job the summer before my freshman year of high school. I was fourteen years old and was employed as an office assistant and girl’s camp counselor at a local elementary school. Although I do not remember my position very much, I do remember the promise I made to myself on my first day. I told myself that I would make my first designer purchase with my earnings. I strived to find a youthful pocketbook that would make a bold statement. I was thrilled to find a white top-handle purse with colorful, doodled flowers designed by Coach’s former Poppy line. Since then, Coach quickly became one of my favorite brands and has been my go-to destination for not only bags, but for wallets, shoes, jewelry and small leather goods.

Once I became a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2014, I began to appreciate the behind the scenes operations of designer brands, including their biannual New York Fashion Week runway shows. My outfit was inspired from Coach 2016 spring ready-to-wear runway show that took place at The High Line in New York City. This collection innovated unique apparel and accessories, as well as major themes on fashion forecasting websites such as FashionSnoops and WGSN. Although this outfit does not relate to the vibrant pocketbook I purchased, it does relate to the overall brand aesthetic that Coach hopes to convey to their target market.

Analyzing the fashion trends I saw from the Coach 2016 spring ready-to-wear runway show, I decided that I wanted to incorporate loosely fitted clothing and leather pieces into my outfit. These ripped boyfriend jeans were ideal for both comfort and styling. I cuffed this pair purposely to reveal scrunched gray socks and black booties. Although my leather jacket does not express the bright color palette showcased in this collection, it takes on a similar approach to Coach by color-blocking and mixing either solids or prints. The black leather complements the teal button-down blouse and printed scarf. My printed scarf was also paired to match my latest splurge from Coach, The Taxi Tote. A large tote bag is perfect to carry your laptop for work or books for class. To complete this look, I added matching accessories and sunglasses to enjoy the spring weather. All garments in this outfit match one another and create a unique, distinct look that resonates with Coach’s brand aesthetic and can influence future lines.

Get My Look: 1. Jacket. 2. Denim. 3. Booties. 4. Scarf. 5. Bag.