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Michael Kors is in a sunshine state of mind, and can you blame him? He picked up the CFDA's Lifetime Achievement Award in June, his company is expected to break the $1 billion sales barrier this year, and then there are those persistent rumors that the Project Runway star is about to get a TV show of his own.michael kors outlet canada The collection opened optimistically, as others have this week, with a passage in white: a gauzy long-sleeve T-shirt over a leg-baring sarong for her, a matching linen suit and tank for him. And the life's-a-breeze, easy-luxe attitude didn't end there.

A daffodil tissue-cashmere tank dress popped with energy, as did the tunic dress with three-quarter sleeves that followed. With the exception of his maillots (some for actual swimming, others strictly for sunbathing), the silhouette was loosened up: Pantsuits for both the guys and the girls were relaxed and shirts were worn un-tucked; cardigans came oversize and cozy; and gray cashmere-cotton sweatshirt fabric played a starring role.

The theme carried into extras, as well, like exuberantly big cross-body messenger bags (an equal-opportunity accessory) and easy-on-the-feet platform wedges and flat sandals. Even evening was a casually cool affair. Kors' draped silk jersey gowns in ultra-bright yellow and pink were more caftan on the beach than A-lister on the red carpet. In fact, a bit of his usual polished swagger wouldn't have gone amiss.

Kors skipped after-dark completely for the guys, unless you count the one lucky male model who got to walk the runway in something called "sky striped techno taffeta pajama pants." Come spring, his nature boys will be sporting Bermuda shorts and sweater vests that dip low enough in front to expose a swatch of chest hair. Life's a beach.

Ann Bonfoey Taylor, a skiwear designer-slash-Colorado aristocrat and the subject of a recent exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum, was Michael Kors' muse for pre-fall. "Nan Kempner on the range," he called her, meaning the lady liked her clothes. The sporty, slightly rugged sensibility of her personal collection rubbed off on his: knee-length walking shorts met a dip-dyed Mongolian lamb vest, and a tissue-thin knit tank was worn with a low-slung taffeta ball skirt belted at the hips. For accessories, he showed harness bags and polished cowboy boots.

Kors said pre-fall means three things to his business: "seasonless clothes; it's the power woman's favorite season; and it's Hollywood's evening season because runway dresses are too obvious." In the first category: a draped stretch wool sheath in a black and white plaid. In the second: a three-piece pinstriped pantsuit the vest of which stretched down to the model's knees. And in the third: a black silk button-down tucked into a washed faille short-in-front-long-in-back skirt and a stretchy turquoise tank dress with that same sassy, asymmetric hemline.

The three editors in chief at his small presentation—power women all—oohed and aahed the whole way through, but the group saved their real appreciation for the designer's outerwear. Kors has looked west for inspiration before, but he's a city boy at heart, meaning he knows the power of a smart coat. We counted at least three: a Mongolian lamb chubby color-blocked in black and white, a red riding coat with a grand fox collar, and an ivory zip-front coat with a built-in leather harness belt so you don't lose it at coat check. See what we mean about smart?

Michael Kors is a big fan of Resort. "It's one of the most fun seasons to work on. Every year, it's 'Find me a new place,' " he said at his showroom presentation today.michael kors canada online This time around, Turkey served. The designer just opened three new stores in Istanbul, where, he reports, the shopping is divine.

Ikat motifs were reproduced in sumptuous black and gold shantung made into a coat, bell-shaped shift, and capri pants. And an agate—one of several stones he picked up in the markets there—informed the swirling cinnamon hue of a draped column dress and a popover top and matching short shorts. Bejeweled was the buzzword. The collars of brocade jackets and the bodice of a gold lamé gown were smothered in studs and crystals, and the gold chains of the models' flat sandals faintly jingled as they walked.

Opulent minimalism was how Kors described the collection. But if opulence came out ahead on the aforementioned pieces, minimalism got its due, too. An emerald green silk pajama set had an inviting ease. A black plonge leather shift was all unfussy elegance. An elongated black jacket worn with a cotton lisle T-shirt and gold crushed panne velvet pants was the crowd favorite. It'll look cool in any time zone. rUGDF8Tv

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