Michael Kors decided to get right down to business for his fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection, which was presented during New York Fashion Week. The Michael Kors client is one who is always looking for something to add to her professional wardrobe, but who also has room for some fun event pieces to throw into the mix. The clothes that hit the runway were available immediately on michaelkors.com as well as in his flagship location at Madison Avenue. This was part of a new step in Kors’ business plan, although there’s no telling quite yet if this will stick for future runway presentations.
“It’s an experiment,” he told Vogue before the show. That mentality also transferred over to the clothes he sent down the catwalk as well. “I like bare legs in winter; I like night for day. I like Alexa Chung mixing with Nan Kempner. It’s about the interesting mix.”
If this runway show was an experiment in and of itself, it was a rather successful run on Kors’ part. The designer generally opts for simplicity and versatile standards of beauty, but with the fashion industry beginning to lead more toward over-the-top embellishments on garments, Kors is pushing himself to conform to these new expectations without losing himself and his design aesthetic. This could be seen in some of the more edgy cuts, but the most successful pieces were his tailored outerwear and simple-silhouetted evening dresses.
Kors has a clear perspective as a designer, and it shows in each collection he sends down the runway; his signature pieces and design aspects never fail to live up to expectations, such as his staple camel pieces, overall tailoring, and luxurious accessories. Fabulous handbags were a due given when going into this fall presentation, and he certainly didn’t disappoint that expectation.
In the Michael Kors fall 2016 RTW line, he opted to use metal rings where other designers would have likely leaned toward mesh or lace. This decision rang true to his natural aesthetic, yet still added an interesting twist for the modern woman’s daily wardrobe. Everyone needs basics to complete their closet, and Michael Kors is able to make that process more interesting. Let’s face it – the idea of basics can be dull. But when details like the metal rings and buttons are added in, it’s easy to forget that it is a staple garment, and instead recognize its true potential and ingenuity.
The female clients for Michael Kors are loyal to the brand, such as Blake Lively, who attended the show dressed in the label’s apparel. Others in attendance were Jennifer Hudson, Naomie Harris, Olivia Munn, and Riley Keough. Lively is one of Kors’ many inspirations he turns to, as is a huge part of his design process.
“It’s always been about the muses,” he said during his collection’s preview. “In a strange way, they all kind of float through my head; they all kind of mash up together.” Besides Blake, he also sited Chung, Kempner, Diana Ross, Lee Radjwill, Penelope Tree, and Zendaya. In other words, women who are “unabashedly in love with fashion.”
Photos courtesy of Vogue