Michael Kors is all business for fall 2016, but the popular designer of luxe American sportswear likes to have fun too. That's evident in the first look of the collection, unveiled at New York Fashion Week, in which he mixed classic staples — a navy wool pea coat, white silk bow blouse, and cashmere pullover — with a pair of denim jeans dripping in ostrich feathers from the knee down.
Kors often pairs the sensible with flashy and frivolous items. A prim houndstooth tweed jacket and bow blouse was shown with a flashy feather skirt, and a puffy lime green shearling jacket was thrown over a powder blue cashmere pullover and navy shirt.
A sensible brown officer's coat was featured in one look; in another, model Kendall Jenner showed up in a metal mini-dress held together with silver rings — perfect for dancing the night away.
Kors admits he's fascinated by "the flirty freedom of things that move," as he explained in his program notes, and it certainly shows in "streamer skirts" and "slashed dresses" with flaps akin to those found in the car wash, glittery silver metallic pants that catch the light, and ostrich feathers that flare out from sleeves of a blouse. The collection seemed to delight the celebrity front row that included Blake Lively (with mom Elaine), Riley Keough, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Hudson, Skyfall's Naomie Harris, and Princess Olympia of Greece.
In a growing trend of this fashion week, Kors also offers instant gratification: A number of items directly from the runway are now for sale at MichaelKors.com. Customers can also request items from Kors stores in Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio.
Pieces include a feather-embroidered cashmere skirt ($1,795), feather-embroidered cashmere shell ($1,595), hand-knit oversized tweed cashmere cardigan ($2,695), silver studded cashmere crewneck sweater ($1,295), and an assortment of shoes and handbags.