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 color 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 percent of the collection made from more sustainably sourced materials, including high-quality knits crafted from recycled and GCS cashmere.