There was just one thing on everyone’s minds as Michael Kors’ outlook for Autumn/Winter 2011 was about to hit the runway – that just moments prior, Bette Midler had been serenading Kors backstage… With a ukulele. Funnily enough, this was seriously what the editors up-front were discussing practically as it happened – news travels fast with twitter. The front row was quite an intimidating spectacle, alongside the brilliant ‘Big Business’ Midler sat quintessential A-listers Anjelica Huston, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones – all in attendance to ring in the thirtieth anniversary of the Michael Kors main-line.
To celebrate the occasion, Kors sent out a 'greatest-hits' collection embodying 'sporty decadence and pragmatic glamour'. Models draped in long, lean lines that emphasised Kors signature ‘elegant athleticism’, stepped to an up-beat 70s post-doo-wop soundtrack in bold monochrome hues. Juxtaposing sharp tailoring with languid 70s-era draping, a polished yet easy silhouette emerged – a definitively Kors refined and simplified take on classic American luxury.
As though looking back on his label’s three-decade heritage, Kors sent out reworkings of his hottest looks over the years in the form of high-waisted chiffon jersey blouson dresses and pant-suits, sleek bodysuits, gorgeous flannel masculine suiting and sultry figure-hugging gowns. Knotted fox-fur cropped jackets and bathrobe coats came in an array of tones – vivid red, blush, mauve, cream and cocoa. The looks were delivered in striking block-colour, accentuating Kors’ taut, trim cuts and unbridled, sheer-luxury approach to American sportswear.