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16 Sep



COS returned to this September’s New York Fashion Week to present its Autumn Winter 2023 collection: an exploration of contrasts, where tradition meets innovation in an evolution of the COS archetypes.

The runway came to life within the Manhattan Classic Car Club against the backdrop of the Hudson River at sunset. The rich, deep brown catwalk surface contrasted with the iridescent shine of metallic sculptural forms that framed the space and captured the evening light.

Galvanized steel curves raised to reveal a soft, illuminating glow as the models walked the space, radiating confidence and ease in the elegant yet powerful collection – the 43 looks encapsulating the core principles of timelessness, uncompromising quality, and day-to-evening dressing.

Exploring functional yet innovative tailoring through methods of deconstruction, classic cuts are reinvented from the inside out. Trouser suits are refined, and waistcoats reimagined, while confidently structured shoulders contrast fluid silk maxi-lengths, creating a bold visual statement and elongated silhouette. Standout head-to-toe knitwear looks in pared-back styles are finished with hoods, oversized fringed scarves, and hybrids that combine the utilitarian and the beautiful. Fringing on capes and dresses, and neck scarf detailing on shirts effortlessly elevate pieces from day to evening.

The show also debuted the Autumn Winter 2023 COS Atelier collection, marking the third capsule of its kind. Rooted in craftsmanship and innovation; an intricate hand-knitted crochet look features Responsible Mohair Standard mohair, while fine details include the delicate leather tassels that adorn wool outerwear, made from off-cut materials.

Nature continues to inspire this season’s colour palette – soothing neutral tones complement rich earthy browns, alongside bespoke prints while matte textures meet metallics and shine. Quality and longevity remain at the collection’s core; adjustable elements ensure the perfect fit of a classic well-tailored suit, while reversible pieces deliver versatility ensuring each item serves a purpose.

Everyday pieces are enhanced through exploratory textures – soft leather, herringbone, and chunky knits. Material consideration continues throughout, with over 92% of the collection made from more sustainably sourced materials, including high-quality knits crafted from recycled and GCS cashmere.

A selection of items from the show collection are available immediately at COS stores and cos.com and limited numbers will continue to drop throughout the season. COS Atelier will be available from October.
Guests included:
• Jodie Turner-Smith
• Joshua Jackson
• Camille Rowe
• Kelela
• Curtis Harding
• Evan Mock
• Suki Waterhouse
• Imogen Waterhouse
• Heart Evangelista
• Nicole Warne
• Caro Daur
• Leonie Hanne
• Lauren Tsai
• Bow Maylada
• Tul Pakorn
• Alek Teeradetch
• Yvesmark Chery

A note on the Sustainability – COS partnered with Bureau Betak on the show production, the first significant agency worldwide specialising in the fashion luxury sector to receive ISO 20121 certification for sustainable event management, to produce an event that puts sustainability at the forefront of its concept.

Materials utilised in the set of the Autumn Winter 2023 show are either rented or components are installed and dismantled in such a way to maintain their quality and will be donated, to find a new life.

This year, COS is partnering with Materials for the Arts, a program of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the City’s premier creative reuse centre which provides non-profits, public schools, and City agencies with access to free materials – this includes the carpet and corrugated aluminium structures which will be donated for roofing post-show.

On average MFTA collects over 1.5 million pounds of supplies each year which it provides, free of charge, to its member organizations. In addition to providing materials, MFTA offers a series of programs supported by its non-profit partner Friends of Materials for the Arts, including the MFTA Gallery, Third Thursday public programming, and the MFTA Education Center. Learn more here.

COS is also working in partnership with sustainability consulting firm Honeycomb Strategies (certified B corporation and certified WBENC), to seek ways to reduce the environmental impact of all the surrounding elements of the AW23 New York Fashion Week show and put in place solutions to offset any emissions we create. This year we are making donations based on our carbon emissions per tonne, to support Reforestation in Cambodia, Boreholes in Eritrea, and Wind Energy in India.

About COS – Inspired by contemporary culture, the London-based fashion brand is known for iconic wardrobe pieces, elevated essentials, and innovative designs that are made to last. Dedicated to quality and sustainability, COS takes a bespoke approach to design, creating unique collections that combine function with timeless style. Experimental design details and material innovation are frequently revisited to include the latest sartorial advances and ensure the considered use of fibres whether they be recycled, renewed, or sustainably sourced.

About Class Car Club Manhattan
Founded in London 1995 and transported to New York in 2005, Classic Car Club is the world-famous private automotive club that gives its members the keys to a staggeringly stylish fleet of cars, as well as a calendar bursting with motoring and lifestyle events hosted around the world and an exclusive clubhouse in Manhattan. The clubhouse has had many different uses, including carrying mail by the United States Lines, a nautical firm that shipped post mail to and from the UK, with original features used to ship including hooks, still in place today. It was also utilised by the NYPD, acting as a home for eighteen police horses for more than two decades, with the cedar wood used in the space today repurposed from the decommissioned stables.


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