So it is to be stripes for Spring 2013, the guardians of New York fashion have spoken. Marc Jacobs last night on behalf of the downtown young generation,Tommy Hilfiger two evenings prior for the Uppper East Side prep set and this morning Michael Kors clinched the deal for the power players of MIdtown and Wall Street types.
Once again the new nautical was in full swing, with a pair of his and hers bateau clad models opening the show. Kors’ take on the stripe was mix of old and new, with a glance to the hard glamour of the booming 80s infused with the optimism of a modernist future. The soundtrack said it all, a violin rendition of ‘Every time I see you falling’ by New Order. Did you copy that? The New Order a la Kors amalgamates the past and future, imbuing sportswear classics with futuristic elements and 80′s overtones.
Stripes at Michael Kors S/S13
Michael Kors S/S13
That future, more specifically, is one all about geometric bursts of primary colours, pops of solid primary colours in deft, bold strokes, blocked, chopped and lined up for the counting. There were peacoat dresses in navy with shiny gold buttons, double dipped striped tee shirt dresses and cut out striped swimwear and a spectacular swish of a sequin striped tennis skirt. A clear blue sky print complete with puffy clouds adorned a silk wrap dress with unbound enthusiasm, whilst a print depicting light on a pool’s surface channeled a bit of David Hockney.
For cocktail, metal stitching heavily adorned a few leather shits, which felt better suited to the Milanese pastimes of Donatella Versace, but toughened up the collection nonetheless. A mini frock whose front was heavily embellished dress champagne bugles, on the other hand, felt more at home in the Kors menage. By the finale, it was back to black, a suite of blackout out evening gowns whose appeal lay in the geometry of shape rather than colour, closed the show.