Tim Coppens offers womenswear at NY Fashion Week

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — "When your halo slips for good, you'll have to wear your hood."

So sang British rocker Ian Brown — and so wrote designer Tim Coppens in his notes Sunday for a New York Fashion Week show of brightly colored outerwear and slouchy crew-and-shorts sets in white, gray and black for both men and women.

Coppens began as a womenswear designer but has focused of late on men. Now, he's looking to beef up his offerings for women.

In a backstage interview, he said his inspirations for spring were part Brown, part papery sleeves used to protect vinyl records when they're slipped into album covers — and part Manchester soccer fans who used to wear trenchcoats.

He used his signature "jungle sunrise" print but added blurred neons inspired by "basic laser lighting from back in the day."

Known for his use of technical fabrics, this time around there was a more fluid but still structured feel.

For women, he used tight flowing pleating that flowed at the back.

As for those trenchcoats, his bright reds and blues might be a welcome sight in menswear departments.

"There's not a lot of color around. I guess sneakers are colorful," Coppens mused.

And he didn't forget the hoods.