SONIC YOUTH Stu­art Vev­ers cap­tures how the cool kids want to dress with his rose-tinted take on Amer­i­can clas­sics. By Jef­frey Yan.

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For his sec­ond sea­son, Stu­art Vev­ers con­tin­ues build­ing on the codes he es­tab­lished at Coach last Au­tumn – clothes im­bued with a laid­back vibe, pieces one throws on be­fore head­ing out to week­end pic­nics, road trips, flea mar­kets, and mu­sic fes­ti­vals. Com­pared to last sea­son’s sturdy leathers and shear­ling, the new of­fer­ing is de­cid­edly lighter, both in weight and feel. Leathers dyed in a spec­trum of pas­tels and brights are cut into miniskirts and T-shirts, ac­com­pa­nied by other youth­ful sta­ples such as bomber jack­ets, parkas, duf­fle coats, mini cross­body bags, and flat­form slides.

Last sea­son’s gi­ant shear­ling coat was an ed­i­to­rial hit, and re­turns this time in shaggy, candy-coloured faux fur. The pas­tels run through the whole col­lec­tion but th­ese aren’t ar­ti­fi­cially twee shades from lit­tle girls’ clos­ets. In­stead they come in sun-bleached, lived-in tones punc­tu­ated by pops of acid neon and colour­ful leop­ard print.

Vev­ers also places strong em­pha­sis on out­er­wear; un­sur­pris­ing con­sid­er­ing Coach’s leather her­itage. The coats and jack­ets have a boy­ish, util­i­tar­ian feel that has been crop­ping up ev­ery­where this sea­son but here it is nicely coun­tered by the glossy leathers in dusty pas­tels and the lit­tle bags in bright metallics.

An­other ma­jor trend that Vev­ers ticks off is the Sev­en­ties. No boho dresses or tie-dye kaf­tans here, though. Vev­ers ze­roes in on the leggy flares, chunky clogs, and earthy leather sling bags. The shoes may be more of a styling cue, but the flares look won­der­ful, es­pe­cially in dark blue and worn with a shrunken blazer in sun­set or­ange.

On the ac­ces­sories front, the key piece is the new Swag­ger bag – a wide-gus­seted tote that runs up to a large size for ev­ery­day prac­ti­cal­ity, but is most charm­ing as a mini sling. There is also the Amer­i­cana col­lec­tion – a cap­sule with prints lifted off vin­tage ban­danas and ren­dered in red, white, and blue – as well as the Tribal col­lec­tion – a range of tas­selled and pat­terned bucket bags, scarves, and trin­kets des­tined for Coachella.

But the talk­ing point of the col­lec­tion is un­doubt­edly the col­lab­o­ra­tion with con­tem­po­rary artist Gary Base­man. His whim­si­cal il­lus­tra­tions of ex­pres­sive car­toon crit­ters adorn T-shirts and base­ball jack­ets, and dan­gle off bags and neck­laces. Artist­fash­ion brand col­lab­o­ra­tions are noth­ing new but rarely do they trans­late into some­thing so ap­proach­able, light­hearted, and young. Vev­ers sure is mak­ing all the right choices in steer­ing this old Amer­i­can brand the right way for­ward. Em­bossed Drifter bag, RM3,000, Coach

Leather slides, RM1,630, Coach

Coach Spring/ Sum­mer ’15

Tas­selled scarf, RM1,630, Coach Swag­ger bag, RM2,580, Coach

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1. Gary Base­man iPhone case, RM480, Coach 2. Gary Base­man bag charm, RM640, Coach 3. Gary Base­man

neck­lace, RM1,630, Coach

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