Damn, he’s good. You walked out of Michael Kors’ show this morning buzzing, and it wasn’t just Florence + The Machine’s hit “The Dog Days Are Over” producing that sensation. His new Fall lineup landed smack-dab in the middle of his sweet spot: opulent as all get-out, yet true to the all-American, unfussy, and optimistic spirit on which the company was built. Fur has been all over the runways this week, but it’s been a Kors staple for ages. He showed the kids how it’s done with the ombré-striped fox bathrobe Natasha Poly strutted out in to kick things off. A brown mink coat sheared into a damask pattern was significantly less extravagant but still special. Fox turned up as an accent on a lot of other looks, as well, elevating not just the crisp, neatly tailored pieces in menswear checks, but also the chunky knits.
Kors liked the idea of playing opposites off each other this season. So feathers embroidered in the shape of flowers decorated a sheath in humble tweed bouclé; a guncheck wool trench topped a glittering lace dress; and simple, straightforward men’s pajamas were black-tie-ready thanks to the addition of crystal paisley embellishments. Bias-cut dresses in black silk or gold fil coupe with an elegant, 1930s-ish vibe shared the runway with military great coats in slouched-on oversize proportions. One of the show’s strongest looks was an evening dress tailored on top like a double-breasted tuxedo. This was a broad, familiar offering, and Kors was in command of it all.
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