“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
Michael Kors Fur
Michael Kors said he was looking at an individual style this season. A task difficult to achieve for a brand as large scale as his. Kors was not just feeding us a line when he described the direction of his last Fall-Winter collection as “the inimitable chic of individual style but also a cool and flirty for sophisticated, effortless girls”. And along that line, he also presented his tried-and-tested shapes. He delivered his goal through heavy furs, which became playful with colourful flower patterns and bedazzled trousers. It appeared as if the designer was listening to Nirvana’s Come As You Are song while pausing and reflecting of how to reform his overflowing staples in the catwalk. They were still there; toffee coloured cable knits and heritage checks. Just that this time they were updated with a fox trimmed coat or a tweedy print on floating silk dresses.
Kors appeared to celebrate and upkeep the premise of the individual as primary importance in the struggle for liberation. He rebelled in a different way this time; his search for individuality step on the catwalk with a delicate glamour of pastel furs, shine and sparkle. Signature leather handbags got uplifted with animal-print details and Modernist chain-link straps. The words of Kurt Cobain appeared to resonate in my head when looking at this catwalk. There was not a sign of Cobain’s concern “about people, and what they’re expected to act and look like” in this collection.
This season consisted of Kors’ doing what he did best, reinventing and creating the unexpected without forgetting about his old friends: tweed, cable knits, checks. But presented in such a way that even Cobain and Killing Joke’s would have felt proud. This catwalk was a hymn for the ones in doubt of self-creation and experimentation and corroboration that these two deeds should not necessarily be opposed to tradition or the crowds. At the end, aren’t we all looking for individuality? Isn’t it what makes us come alive?