Michael Kors FW2012 Runway so good!
The state of next fall, is emblazoned with the message that more is more, and more is definitely more when it’s piled on from head to toe. The “total look,” in fashion speak, where your entire outfit is heavily and riotously accessorized. These more minimal times—even if clothes as of late have been surfaced with digitalized prints and saturated with neon color, little else has been added to them in the way of accessories—may require you to explore hitherto untried talents at stylistically juggling hats, hair ornamentation, and jewelry galore, and that’s before you’ve as much as put on a boot or picked up a bag. Thank goodness, then, for the exuberant comfort and easy joie de vivre of Michael Kors, whose fall is an object lesson in feel-good, look-good fashion.
With this collection, Kors had been thinking about the likes of the casually, yet elegantly attired society swans in photographer Claiborne Swanson Franks’s book American Beauty, and a recently published tome dedicated to the style of Gary Cooper. That took him on the trail to a look that is cozy-log-cabin-in-the-Adirondacks chic, as inhabited by a thirties Broadway showgirl. There were huge belted furs, sleeveless peacoats, masculine red-and-black blanket-plaid greatcoats, variously worn over chunky cable-knit sweaters (next fall, if it looks hand-knitted, it looks right), long, lean skirts in mohair-dusted lace, black biker/ski pants (one of the rare examples of leather trousers actually working this week), and lace slips and slippery bias-cut satin dresses (this is where the Broadway gal comes in).
For all of the emphasis on a big, enveloping layer over something smaller and more defined underneath, it never got heavy and cumbersome here, simply because Kors worked hard to make sure everything had a feathery, light-as-air quality to it. (A studio visit a few days before the show verifies the truth of his claim.) And while not to say that Kors is a stranger to the joys of adding to a look—he had some great accessories, like furry picture hats, handheld framed doctor bags, and Mary Janes resting on gleaming metallic chunky high heels—in the end, none of them require any effort to understand, or wear. Kors likes his message to be simple: Throw it on, enjoy it, and get on with living your life.
by Mark Holgate, Vogue