Michael Kors’s autumn/winter 2022 show was all about making an entrance and so he had to call in the big guns to show the world how it’s done. Of course, when you’ve got the Hadid sisters on speed dial, this is no big deal. As well as Gigi and Bella, Michael called up fellow New York street-style maven Emily Ratajkowski, who lives in the glare of the paparazzi and knows how to, as Kors said, “strut [her] stuff”. Top models Irina Shayk and Natasha Poly completed Michael’s glossy posse, with rising runway stars Adut Akech, Paloma Elsesser, Jill Kortleve and Rianne Van Rompaey delivering the shoulders-back confidence Kors’s clothes require.
Indeed, while Kors is known for his beloved brand of Uptown polish, this season’s conceal-and-reveal looks requires extra confidence to pull off. Take the enrobing teddy coats shrugged artfully off the shoulders to reveal a slither of a sequined dress underneath. This Hollywood-esque styling hack requires a mix of self-assuredness and sass to execute well. Ditto the hooded outerwear that gave off Kylie Minogue glamour when worn by Kors’s girls.
For the Gen-Z supers, for whom midriff-flossing is common fashion parlance, this tantalising approach to getting dressed is all in a day’s work. For the rest of us, Kors lined his extravagant eveningwear in jersey to facilitate dancing and dashing for cabs when party hopping around town. “It’s about turning everything into a special occasion,” he said of channelling his joie de vivre into a collection made to have a good time. On the biggest model names living in New York City, who are quite probably clinking martinis with Kors in The Carlyle on a week night, this was a compelling proposition indeed.
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk