Michael Kors celebrated the 40th anniversary of the brand by presenting a collection with a strong symbolic value. The celebrations, which began at 9 am on the official website and on all the social media channels of the brand, went on with a show in the heart of Broadway.
The collection, however, is doubly celebratory. Alongside the celebrations of this milestone there was another, which tasted of good wishes and hope for the future. The show on the streets of Broadway, in fact, symbolizes the desire to rediscover a world that rises slowly, but rises indeed! – from the outbreak of the pandemic.
The designer himself, describing the collection, said he thought about the joy of dressing, to prepare for a night out: “Whether you’re going to the office, having a casual dinner in the neighborhood or are in fact ready to go to a party again, this collection is all about making every moment a special occasion and feeling confident, glamorous and upbeat”. Then, he added: “There’s a sense of timelessness and big-city optimism that has been a linchpin of Michael Kors since the very beginning—a yin-and yang balance between opulence and simplicity, something that’s laid-back and at the same time luxurious.”
The celebrations did not end here. The show was preceded by a live presentation of the designer in Times Square, accompanied by a video produced by Erich Bergen in which some Broadway celebrities appear. Among these, stand out Billy Porter, Bette Midler, Rosario Dawson, Debra Messing, Alan Cumming, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Ashley Park, on the set of Sardi’s, the legendary restaurant at the Theatre District.
The theater and the eternal lights of Broadway are a recurring theme that also shines through the collection, and that culminates in more concrete terms in the donation that Kors has allocated to The Actors Fund. Indeed, the theatre industry was one of the creative industries most burdened by the weight of the pandemic.
“The theater is the heartbeat and the pulse of New York City” the designer stated, “and an endless source of inspiration for me, so to see Broadway shut down has been really heartbreaking. It’s an honor and a dream come true to celebrate my 40th at Shubert Theatre and to have someone as brilliantly talented as Rufus Wainwright perform live. This show is my fantasy night out.”
On the notes of “City Lights,” “New York State of Mind,” and “There’s No Business like Show Business”, the collection unfolded in all its magnificence, paying homage to those unmistakable codes that made the brand a benchmark for style, but also for the American casual chic lifestyle in all its dynamism.
The collection is a riot of urban luxury, distinguished by the classic shades of black and white declined in different silhouettes and dynamized by crystals embroidery, metallic details in silver and gold. From the suits, whose silhouettes wink at menswear, to the coats – in leather, or in leopard prints, melton, or in total gold- up to the lavish evening gowns in jersey and sequins, or in golden tulle with mirror embroidery, the collection is versatile and functional. The clothes lie on the silhouettes without forcing them, on the contrary, proving to be perfect companions of city-night adventures on the streets of New York.