Michael Kors Collection AW23 – New York Fashion Week
Jodi Bhachu-Smith reviews the new collection from NYFW
For New York Fashion Week, the Michael Kors Collection AW23 show presented a vision of timeless glamour. As the show’s title Urban Bohemia implied, Kors drew inspiration from the heady days of 70s Greenwich Village in New York City where he grew up. These themes were reflected throughout the collection’s silhouettes – from relaxed maxi skirts (Look 6) and disco-esque bell bottoms (Look 20), to the sequinned fabrics that that told the story of the show’s latter half.
Along the mirrored runway came flowing coats and capes of sleek wool, layered over frame-fitting knits in rich neutrals. They spoke of an elegant femininity, drawing the eye with playful proportions, sleek slits, hip-hugging chrome belts and hems that elongated the leg. For the night, it was dazzling jumpsuits or suede fringed mini-dresses that hit the groove of Kors’ rejuvenated 70s. The collection also featured slouchy tailoring for both men and women for an effortless cool to transcend genders and generations.
The accessories showed a softer, simpler side; from fringed clutches to supple messenger bags. All of this was a juxtapose to the hard lines and bold shapes of the natural agate jewellery that graced the necks of the cast. The picture was made complete with knee-high boots in matching stone grey or forest green tones to embellish the monochrome palette.
As long-time friends to the brand Irina Shayk, Amber Valletta and Adut Akech took to the birch-lined catwalk they were accompanied by orchestral renditions of 70s classics like Go Your Own Way, by Fleetwood Mac, and Somebody to Love, by Jefferson Airplane. They evoked a nostalgic air as a perfect reminder of the late nights Kors enjoyed in the West Village with the women he coined his “forever icons”.
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