Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear
September 13, 2017
Michael Kors’ show notes indicated that the Spring 2018 collection was “all about ease.” And while that was true, his runway outing seemed to be about so much more than that.
Kors didn’t become one of America’s most successful designers in history by marginalizing women—he got to where he is by celebrating them, embracing them, understanding that there are all types and colors and shapes and sizes of women who need to be dressed, and catering to all of them.
For the second season in a row, Kors gave us a spectacular cast that was diverse when it came to age, size, and ethnicity. Carolyn Murphy opened; Joan Smalls owned the room in an azure, floral-print bathing suit; Sabina Karlsson glided down the runway in a black-and-white palm-print skirt; Ashley Graham was basically a goddess in a wrap dress covered in the same print; and Kate Upton had everyone’s iPhone snapping as she closed the show in a black silk sarong skirt and sequined, menswear-inspired blazer.
Fashion should take a cue from Kors—he is a bonafide celebrity with a widely influential platform, and he used it to very clearly demonstrate an important message: All women—all people (this was a mixed-gender runway, after all) are beautiful.
The collection itself was classic Kors—breezy, beachy, and well-rounded as always. The tie-dye prints that kicked things off set a youthful tone, while leis and palm-front prints in baby blue, rosebud, and lavender had seaside vacation written all over them.
The menswear-inspired looks for her—an oversized grey palm-print suit, which also came in lilac, or roomy blazers worn over the shoulders with fluid, feminine dresses, for instance—felt modern and effortless.
Lots of layering meant lots of options for the Kors client—sweaters, jackets, blouses, trousers, shorts, and beyond can all be mixed and matched to create the ideal, laid-back (but not too laid-back) summer wardrobe.
And, of course, Kors’ signature sequined eveningwear shone bright. This time, the category included a black, bodycon, palm-motif top and wrap skirt worn by Bella Hadid, a silver and nude palm dress that shimmered on the boardwalk-style runway, and a black sarong skirt and crop top donned by Kendall Jenner.
To drive the message home, Sara Bareilles—who performed live with the Waitress Band—sang both “A Natural Woman,” and her own hit, “Brave.” From the relaxed looks to the empowering cast, Kors set the bar high for this final day of NYFW.