Michael Kors on Wednesday offered up a flirty collection full of feathers, metallic accents and sharp tailoring — part of which goes on sale instantly as the billionaire designer adopts the industry’s move toward slashing wait times.
Kendall Jenner — Kim Kardashian’s little sister — was a vision in glittery silver, with interlocking metal rings holding together her short sleeveless brocade dress.
The show from Kors, a household name in part due to his ubiquitous handbags beloved by American women of all incomes, kicked off the penultimate day of New York Fashion Week in light-drenched studios in TriBeCa.
It was a cross-seasonal collection, no doubt in homage to the pieces which go on sale Wednesday — far quicker than the usual six-month wait time from catwalk to stores.
His vision was flirty and emphasized through movement, with feathers and streamers adorning skirts that moved as the model walked, and slashes and slits cut into hemlines bouncing up and down the leg.
There was a mix of floaty blouses and dresses, and sharp tailoring. Skirts were cut above the knee, slightly shorter than those seen in other collections this season.
Inter-locking chains as seen on Jenner’s dress featured prominently. A chain mail dress gave off a glittery disco ball effect, as did a pant suit paired with a luxurious short, white fur coat.
For colder climes, there were tweeds and plaids. There was lots of brown and beige, as well as baby blue, lime green and purple. There were rounded, oversized collars for fall, and heavy use of floral prints.
For accessories, which have done so much to propel his brand into the big leagues, he offered a chain-handled envelope bag and studded camera bag.
The 56-year-old self-made businessman comes from Long Island and dropped out of the Fashion Institute of Technology, one of New York’s premier schools, in his first year. He launched his line in 1981.
He bounced back from bankruptcy in 1993, cut his teeth reviving the fortunes of French fashion house Celine and became a household name in 2004 as a judge on reality television show “Project Runway.”