MICHAEL KORS COLLECTION
Spring 2021 Ready to Wear
Pictures by Michael Kors
A WARDROBE FOR THE AGES
Michael Kors Dresses us for Today, Tomorrow, and Far into the Future
Heritage dressing has been a resounding theme this season, as designers took a pause during quarantine and realized that occasion dressing might be on hold for a while longer. Archival inspirations have been resurrected, as well as the theme of sustainability, as many designers are now opting out of the traditional fashion week schedule and producing collections based on the season. Michael Kors is one of these designers. With a plan to show only twice a year moving forward, Kors understands that the fast-paced and wasteful drive of the past is not how consumers are living any longer. Spending mandatory months at home has created a desire for something soft, something sustainable, something that you will own forever and pass on to younger generations. This was the foundation of Kors’ Spring collection, which was filmed in a New York Restoration Project community garden in the Bronx, a mere stone’s throw from Yankee Stadium, as well as the neighborhood in which Kors’ grandfather grew up. Presented in digital format, the show was an homage to Kors’ beloved New York City, which was hit hard during the pandemic. The contrast between the hard, worn Bronx buildings, framed by the lush gardens and natural wood pathway, and punctuated by the softness of Kors’ clothing was visually effective despite the lack of a live audience.
The collection was a study in modern simplicity, with monochrome looks in white, brown, grey, and black, with a few pops of green and blue sprinkled throughout. The first looks were loose-fitting, casual cream, and white separates including an indulgent off the shoulder cashmere sweater atop an asymmetrical skirt, paired with soft brown woven basket sandals and a matching handbag. Delicate maxi dresses appeared throughout with models carrying baskets of flowers, evoking languid days in the garden. A stunning oversized tan sweater was once again paired with a skirt, this time in floor-grazing glossy satin and flat sandals, a look that could easily be for day or evening. Shirt dresses had thigh-high slits up each leg, yet still appeared casual with leather belted waists and a boyish vest. There were a few offerings for evening looks, Kors knows that his customer still enjoys dressing up, despite the lack of social engagements on the calendar. A black bandeau top had crisscrossed straps stretched across the abdomen, connecting to a black skirt with a thigh-high slit. The show commenced with a series of brown dresses; simple tank and t-shirt styles in glistening sequins with leather belts slung low across the waist, and two Grecian style gowns, elegantly draped in soft jersey with braided rope belt accents. Perfectly polished, unfussy, and yet still luxurious. The entire collection was wearable and full of pieces to span a lifetime, and then some.
Written by Elizabeth Kramsky