By Eunice Lucero Lee
Country, but make it chic: Such was the vision behind the designer’s pre-fall show, redolent of the American frontier west— fringe, cowboy boots, gaucho pants—while still boasting of the urban sheen the house is well-known for. Crisp tailored separates were rendered in earthy tones, while dustbowl staples, nudes, and faded denim were perked up through combinations with sleek black suiting (pin stripes!), studs, black-and-white pony print, and plaid.
A play on hard and soft, evocative of the rolling big-sky landscape associated with the American west—that was spirit of the collection. Sheer, delicate prairie dresses were cinched with horsebit belts while puff-sleeved, high-necked silk blousing was juxtaposed with saddlebags and strong-shouldered suits. Delightfully, there was also a tipping of the hat to glam rock, with the ruffled tie-necked tops and steel-tipped boots, which we believe are already on insiders’ must-have lists.
The aesthetic is both wearable and highbrow, and this combo of characteristics has ensured the designer’s mainstream success. On-trend as always, Michael Kors displays a thoughtful anachronism, which would’ve been similarly at home during the western boom of the ’80s. Watch everyone follow suit in this time of the self-aware throwback.