Everything about Michael Kors‘ fall show and collection seemed to reflect this moment in fashion. His show notes read, “The flirty freedom of things that move…” He was talking about the fluttering bits that detailed his clothes, of course, but also his mindset. The idea that he could answer the call of his American luxe consumer and put on a runway at the same time she can buy everything he’s blitzkrieg-ing on social media. Like the snappy Mary Janes? Get them today at his Madison Avenue store or order them online.
With all this frenzy over what Kors dubbed “Ready-to-Wear. Ready to Go” and the industry at large is calling see now/wear now and consumer-facing, it’s a worry that the clothes themselves will suffer. Not so here, where American queens were still very much the focus in their fur toppers (both colourfully printed and natural hues), tailored pants and mannish stylings.
Great cashmere and fisherman sweaters were layered over checked dress shirts left with their French cuffs undone and their hems untucked, tailored pants or schoolgirl skirts at knee-to-mini lengths.
This season, Kors went back to that ’70s era he loves so much, the one where his icon was by then known as Jackie O, wore oversized sunglasses and Italian loafers (which are turning into the shoe of the moment). Yet Kors messed around with traditional colours, giving preppy green some citrus oomph, pairing gold brocade with camel and letting lavender live head-to-toe without an ounce of princess-ness in a beautiful car coat, turtleneck and feathered mini.
The designer made a point in his notes that there are no longer any drawn lines between day, night, spring, fall. Wear what you want, when you want. To his point, there was a day-ish ease to the feathered skirts teamed with peacoats and a cocktail polish to suits done in silvery microflorals. Mixing high-low is an old concept by now, but it’s one that Kors has mastered and does better than most. So if you’re looking for something to wear with that white fur coat and jingle-jangle silver trouser next Saturday night, how about that old grey sweater?
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US