Michael Kors Spring 2014

by Alex R. Travers

Michael Kors. Spring 2014 Look 1,2What you get at a Michael Kors show is a big, juicy, gorgeous presentation that spins through the oeuvre of the designer’s 30-plus years in the business. For Spring 2014, Kors’ collection shimmered with what could only be called a delightful liveliness. He cited the Forties and Seventies as partial inspiration, and the collection notes read in stream of consciousness: “Summer romance…A softer attitude…The juxtaposition of sportif and romantic…Legs revealed…”

The Forties echoed well in a men’s double-breasted banker suit with slouchy sleeves and large lapels. The trousers throughout the men’s collection, languid and chunky, were held up by D-ring belts and paired with cotton tanks: maybe a little more modern-man than Jimmy Stewart, but still swell. The Seventies snuck their way in through a white stretch-cotton safari jacket (think: Roger Moore in The Man With the Golden Gun). Much of the women’s wear, i.e., indigo jackets, oxfords, and relaxed khaki trousers, suggested a young Diane Keaton in films like Play It Again Sam and the more obvious Annie Hall.

But even with all the nods to the past, the mood of the clothes was inarguably contemporary. That’s because Kors, whose specialty is weaving sexy into sporty, knows how to connect with his audience. Fresh floral patterns spiced up swimwear. The prints were duplicated on nutmeg and white sheaths, shorts, and bandeaus that felt both casual and provocative. For instance, there was a linen sheath with a strategic cutout and slit front that was entirely inviting. Blouses in silk georgette were delicate, like the blue and white striped one on model Frankie Rayder. Skirts—slashed, pleated, and beaded—were winners, but the audience especially oohed and ahhed when a cheerleader python number made its way out. For day-to-evening chic, Joan Smalls personified a modern elegance in a hand-pleated georgette python-trimmed dress. It’s hard to find a chord Kors can’t strike.