Photographers in their droves rush to take photos of the celebrities as they enter, amongst them Nicole Kidman and Kate Hudson. Kors, one of the most well-liked designers in the industry without doubt attracts a strong crowd, all ready to support him. The black roped area leads to the entrance, a screen of painted blue sky is setup adjacent to the entrance serving as the step and repeat and right next to it is the East River, with the water sparkling from the reflection of the sun on this gorgeous and sunny day. It is appropriately bright with clear skies ahead.
The venue was well thought-out, stepping outside of Manhattan where the majority of the shows have been taking place the past week, Kors stands out before the show has even started.
Kors is most certainly aware of the discourse we find ourselves in and his recent collections have sought to find some sense of positivity, a reflection he lives by himself. More than a tag line it’s a fundamental principle he seems to live by.
Stepping inside, we wait for the show to begin, and begin with a bang it does. We open to the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, singing American Pie.
Further reinventing the 40’s feel, with Kors’ stamp meant updated hardware, and blending lux versus relaxed, a theme Kors was playing around with throughout the collection. Reinterpreting the classic pieces with a little more of a streetwear-edge, reimagined feminine pieces such as the romper, were given a toughened-up look with darted nipped waists and wide exaggerated shoulders. This was a silhouette that ran throughout the collection with both a strong shoulder or a ruched sleeves. Gingham cropped jackets made an appearance, with attention to the shoulder once again and continuing the detailed silhouette with a ruffle skirt. Nautical themes also ran through the collection with a palette of midnight blue, adorned with gold anchors.
The collection was wearable luxury at its finest. Celebrating the America we are all nostalgic for, a celebration of diversity, vibrancy, and positivity and as Kors reminds us, the home of sportswear which he so proudly displays.
With SS20 collection mirroring this sense of hope, the New Young People’s Chorus of New York City sing us out of the show, this time belting out, A love Train, As Kors comes out to take his bow, huge smile and all waves as he bounds his way around the runway, waving at each section before sprinting backstage. As we step outside again, I can literally feel that renewed sense of optimism from the crowd around me, as the lyrics of “People all over the world, everybody join hands, start a love train…” Echo around our heads. And as we look out to the river and the beautiful location Kors’ has invited us to all gather at on this beautiful Wednesday morning, we see there is indeed clear blue skies ahead… welcome to Kors Spring 2020.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Michael Kors