Michael Kors knows how to take a theme and run with it. One season it's Ali MacGraw's 1970's; more recently it was Mad Men. But for Fall, it's not about a movie, or a TV show; it's about…real life.michael kors outlet canada In his program notes, Kors riffed about "neo-classics," and on the runway there were clothes for corporate boardroom types, anchorwomen, and plenty of other gals for whom real life involves rocking a black fur sleeveless coat from time to time.
Tailoring was a focus. As if to prove that he can sniff out a trend, the designer tossed in a few jackets of the sort that have been making the rounds this week—some short-sleeved with squared-off, tucked shoulders; others with cutouts around the lapels. But Kors was at his strongest when he was thinking sleek: elongating, stretch gabardine cigarette trousers; a pantsuit almost as narrow as the chalk stripes on its charcoal flannel; double-face peacoats and balmacaans.
In a nod to the prevailing mood, he skipped long dresses entirely, favoring knee-grazing, one-shoulder numbers in matte sequins. Kors also thumbed his nose at the global gods of finance, whipping up shredded fox jackets and coats in neon pink, caution orange, and acid green. Those may be pretty hard to rationalize on a need basis. But as this savvy designer knows, that will make a certain type of woman want one all the more.
Madonna and Lady Gaga may have been on the soundtrack, but Michael Kors' show was decidedly not meant for the pants-less set. Explaining that he was thinking about architectural shapes, he sent out a sleek collection that, save for a few missteps, played like an ode to the city in springtime, along with its high-powered inhabitants. The strong yet rounded shoulders of his jackets and vests put the power in power suit. Overall, though, he was more interested in sleeveless shift dresses, a favorite of his most high-profile client of all, Michelle Obama. They came in silver crinkle lamé, crushed techno taffeta, draped jersey, and glove leather, but the most interesting was a radzimir number in sky blue with origamilike folds. Kors created surface interest elsewhere with zipper accents that zigzagged around the torso of a mint green asymmetric-neckline sheath, or with bold cutouts that exposed a flash of rib on a cocktail dress.
Occasionally, Kors' enthusiasm got the better of him. Dresses with graphic plastic insets might pinch, were some gal to wear them longer than it takes to make a circuit of the runway. And a further detour into deconstruction and high concept—via cashmere knits with slashes at necklines and hems, along with a trio of sweaters with extra sleeves—was off-key. But the show ended on a high note, with a pair of trompe-l'oeil sequined dresses, their graphic shapes evoking a nighttime skyline.
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, michael kors canada online 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. 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. rUGDF8Tv