NEW YORK — What is America but a massive engine for infinite reconfiguration of older forms into newer, more innovative, if not subversive realities? That is one reading anyway, one which was given throaty voice Tuesday afternoon at Pier 76 on the Hudson in Coach’s women’s collection for Spring 2017. English designer Stuart Vevers has taken to mining gems, however slightly scuffed or unappreciated from America’s rich pop cultural heritage since taking the creative helm at Coach in 2013. The results have largely been compelling and have gone a long way to bolstering Coach’s position in the American, if not global luxury market. This latest collection conjured anew that rebellious spirit of America that is at its most fervent when expressed in motorcycle leather, metal studs, polished chains, animal skins, and everything else that ticks the boxes of both refinement and radical individualism. You know, ’Merica! Embodying the ethos of the collection was the spine of the entire casting, namely a dozen girls at Next including show closer Marjan Jonkman, who was joined by Odette Pavlova, Wangy Xin Yu, Lorena Maraschi, Caroline Reagan, Yana Van Ginneken, Selena Forrest, Binx, Maria Clara, Lineisy Montero, Lia Pavlova, Grace Hartzel. And, it must be mentioned, there rusting hulks of automotive’s hoary past arranged at the center of the runway as if they were plucked straight from a Santa Fe junkyard. You know, ’Merica!

Credits include: Client, Coach 1941; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Spring / Summer 2017; Clothing design, Stuart Vevers; Hair, Guido Palau; Makeup, Pat McGrath; Production, KCD; Set design, Stefan Beckman; Music direction, Steve Mackey & John Gosling; Casting, Ashley Brokaw; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.