One of the most awaited shows on the New York Fashion Week calendar, Michael Kors staged a beautiful spectacle for its Spring 2024 collection in the Big Apple on Monday. Read on as Vogue Arabia rounds up the five biggest highlights from the presentation.
Physically in New York, mentally on an island
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Guests may have debarked from yachts and helicopters to arrive at the show alongside the Hudson River and overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge, but the venue itself was unlike anything in New York—including the weather. A white boardwalk-turned-runway was framed by a railing covered in pink Bougainvillea, evoking the charm of a faraway island such as Italy’s Capri and Greece’s Santorini as the sun shone through clouds.
The theme was ‘holiday’
Indicated by the idyllic setting and the pieces that came down the runway, the show was all about celebrating the magic of a getaway surrounded by “blue skies, balmy weather, and sunny days.” In his show notes, designer Michael Kors said, “This season, we’re taking everyone on holiday. It’s the transcendent joy of getting away, it’s the sweeping romance of a glamorous escape and it’s a jolt of sophisticated, chic optimism.”
Familiar faces dotted the runway and the front row
Kors enlisted a cast of diverse runway fixtures for his show including models Nora Attal, Vittoria Ceretti, Anok Yai, Liya Kebede, Natasha Poly, Ashley Graham, Liu Wen, Irina Shayk, and Mariacarla Boscono. The front row was filled with equally loved personalities like Halle Berry, Vanessa Hudgens, Hayley Atwell, Rita Ora, Ariana DeBose, and Anitta, all dressed in statement Michael Kors looks. Blake Lively, in particular, arrived in a 70s-inspired gold sequined jumpsuit from the brand’s FW23 collection.
The collection was inspired by the 1960s and early 70s
The show saw models walk to a soundtrack of Kors’ favorite tracks from the 1960s wearing designs inspired by the era. Breezy pieces with the brand’s signature tailoring resulted in romantic silhouettes including some made entirely in lace and crochet. Boxy suits were contrasted by fluid kaftans, while goddess dresses came with belts, and sheer numbers were topped by overcoats. Alongside flat shoes for accessories, there were a couple of nods to the iconic style of Jane Birkin, including an artisanal handwoven bucket bag.
Neutrals with metallic hardware reigned supreme
While there were a few pops of color via hues like purple and pink and the occasional print, the collection leaned heavily toward solid neutrals. Alongside the Michael Kors signature camel and beige was a deeper brown and the timeless black—all paired with gold hardware as a recurring detail.