There is a little bit of confusion tied to Michael Kors’ spring/summer 2016 line, yet there is no question that it works in his favor. With completely white and completely black outfits walking the runway between floral, vibrant pieces, two spectrums of today’s world of fashion were presented. One thing that always rises to the top of Kors’ work is tailoring. Despite the out of character juxtaposition in his lineup, the simple, tailored jackets that walked the runway were impeccable.
The chopped up collection seems to marry two contrasting themes: cleaned-up grunge and feminine sophistication. Both styles shared a similar fit, showing a small level of cohesiveness throughout. The jackets he included were paired with both combatting styles, showing his ability to match tailored pieces with flowing ones.
Michael Kors said his inspiration was drawn from “the strangest mix of women,” Georgia O’Keefe and a young Elsa Peretti. His goal was to bring their similar ideas together and create a woman who was strong and sensual. To Kors, this perfectly sums up the “his and hers” argument, which was portrayed in his collection with the mixture of tailoring and florals.
However, the feminine outfits stole the show. A bright red, sheer dress with bishop sleeves gracefully floated down the runway, and a flowing blue dress with a bandage-styled belt left the audience breathless. It is an undeniable fact that this designer knows what he is doing with color.
Despite the fluttering florals, it definitely cannot be said that these clothes were “sweet” or “pretty.” No, these words would be far too simple and shy for the looks Michael Kors sent down the runway. He clearly accomplished his goal of portraying a strong and sensual woman, because even in the ethereally sheer dress she commanded the catwalk. That being said, his trademark khaki garments and sleek black dresses could not go unnoticed. His floor length black dress that featured a button-down high slit was breathtaking as the entire collection. There is something so glamorous about the hemline of the dress, yet the muscle-top neckline creates a more laid back feeling, almost like the idea of a sweater dress, but in a more appropriate fabric for the spring and summer seasons.
He kept things chic and clean, much in the sense of his streamlined sense of style. Yet, there’s his commendable integration of a second way of life that he experimented with for the Michael Kors spring 2016 collection. He brought forth an air of laid-back grunge that was really unexpected from his area in the fashion industry. And for what it’s worth, I can see that it paid off in the end.
Michael Kors has shown us that he can take a completely new-to-him trend from today’s society and apply his unique touch to it. The audience can clearly see that he is experimenting with new walks of life, but manages to put the MK stamp on every garment that walked the runway at New York Fashion Week.
Photos courtesy of Vogue