Welcome to Runway Matters, where we’re delivering notes straight from the runway so you can quickly digest the most important trends and noteworthy moments from the F/W 18 shows.

Walking into the Coach show during NYFW felt like stepping into the Blair Witch Project. You felt something for sure with the dimly lit forest on the runway, complete with bare trees, piles of leaves, smoke, and TV screens playing ominous spooky footage. The entire experience felt like a supernatural dark romance—which inherently sums up the collection as well, which featured everything from long-sleeved dresses in winter florals to perfectly-constricted leather and shearling.

While I could go on and on, I’m going to edit the entire experience down to you with my three main takeaways below. And yes, yes, it does include Selena Gomez.

For Coach, it’s always about the outerwear. (In fact, I live in this moto jacket on a daily basis.) Creative Director Stuart Vevers consistently sends the most gorgeous shearling coats, leather jackets, and luxurious layering essentials down the runway—and this collection was no exception.

As the face and collaborator of Coach, a Selena sighting was almost guaranteed. As she swooped into her seat right before the show started, you could almost feel her celebrity radiating through the venue when the hoards of photographers starting flashing their lights. To be honest, she looked perfect with her new hairstyle and cool Coach leather jacket.

Many of you probably have an experience with the signature “C” logo. For me, it’s all I cared about in 2005 (and beyond). Well, the look is back. That’s right, Stuart re-worked the logo on a variety of must-haves from coats to bags, proving the iconic print will forever have staying power.


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