Autumn might be in full swing in London, but Michael Kors showed their Spring Summer ‘18 collection on a perfect late summer’s day in New York. The sunshine streaming through the windows was fitting, as models walked not down a catwalk, but a boardwalk of wooden planks, as Sara Bareilles sung Dock of the Bay with a live band.
Casting by John Pfeiffer saw original supermodels Carolyn Murphy and Maggie Rizer walk alongside their new generation counterparts, Kendall and Bella, with Ashley Graham, Kate Upton and Sabina Karlsson championing a larger-than-size-10 beauty.
As for the clothes, they were summer in the Hamptons with a glamorous edge- palm prints were picked out in sequins, shimmering black dresses paired with rubber flip flops. A palette of pastel pink, blue and purple was balanced by stark monochromes. White cotton skirts and black sequins sarongs looked, somehow, equally effortless in Kors’ hands. There were dappled, cloud like prints too, and easy dresses in lightweight neutral tan knit.
Oversized black and white blazers and navy and white stripes trousers lent a masculine edge to soft draped blouses. White leis topped tailoring and swimwear alike, and apart from the flip flops, tan sandals make a case for practicality and ease - as did the bags, in tan woven leather or raffia, big enough to fit your beach towel in, worn folded under the arm.
We may have to wait a while to wear the clothes, but as winter draws in, this was a needed reminder of how beautiful summer can be.
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