Monday 11 June 2012

Resort 2013 Collection | Michael Kors

Before presenting you the Michael Kors Resort 2013 Collection, I'd like to start with this fabulous Heidi Klum shot for the first-ever issue of VOGUE Germany ... Enjoy Michael Kors Fall/Winter 2012/13 Fashion Show at the end of this post! LoL, Andrea


Michael Kors is a big fan of Resort. "It's one of the most fun seasons to work on. Every year, it's 'Find me a new place,' " he said at his showroom presentation. This time around, Turkey served. The designer just opened three new stores in Istanbul, where, he reports, the shopping is divine. Which brings us to Michael Kors, who is blessed with a rare and uncanny sixth sense that detects when change is afoot, and reacts right to it. For resort, that means Kors is thinking about what he calls “opulent minimalism.” Oh, he will wax lyrical about a trip he and husband Lance Le Pere recently took to Istanbul, with its modern architecture, ancient Moorish skyline, deep blue Sea of Marmara, and the fabulous Turkish women who don’t say “stop” at three strands of diamonds for daytime.


In the end, though, what he is really doing is using this as brushstrokes to paint his bigger picture, which is his response to this: Women now want excess and embellishment, but in the easiest and simplest of ways. That explains why cotton, that most prosaic of fabrics, has been getting a deluxe makeover this resort, splattered with sequins, printed with exotic and elaborate florals, or artfully shaped into tees with kimono-like cap sleeves. Push it,but not so far you don’t feel it has a tangible realness to it, too.

Kors’s resort is a study in that idea. No wonder he cites the likes of Jacqueline de Ribes and Bianca Brandolini as inspiration, given that both, despite the years that separate them, are the kind of gals who favor the casual glamour of shorts for evening. There were plenty of those here, for day and night, cut from black shantung and worn under a black-and-gold ikat coat, or in gold brocade with a matching reefer jacket, or pristine in white cotton broadcloth, partnered with a white utility jacket. And all of this came with another idea of fashion that’s flashy and feel-good: various forms of flat, or flat-ish, sandals; buckled, thick black leather straps on paper-thin soles or low-block heels, gleaming with gold and gemstones.

Ikat motifs were reproduced in sumptuous black and gold shantung made into a coat, bell-shaped shift, and capri pants. And an agate, one of several stones he picked up in the markets there informed the swirling cinnamon hue of a draped column dress and a popover top and matching short shorts. Bejeweled was the buzzword. The collars of brocade jackets and the bodice of a gold lamé gown were smothered in studs and crystals, and the gold chains of the models' flat sandals faintly jingled as they walked.

'Opulent minimalism' was how Kors described the collection. But if opulence came out ahead on the aforementioned pieces, minimalism got its due, too. An emerald green silk pajama set had an inviting ease. A black plonge leather shift was all unfussy elegance. An elongated black jacket worn with a cotton lisle T-shirt and gold crushed panne velvet pants was the crowd favorite. It'll look cool in any time zone.

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