New York: spring/summer 2010 collection

New York Fashion Week: Michael Kors

Hilary Alexander reviews the Michael Kors spring/summer 2010 collection from New York Fashion Week.

 New York Fashion Week: Michael Kors

Michael Kors stepped into unknown territory for his spring/summer 2010 collection – the world of pastels. “I’ve never done pastels before; I always felt they were a bit too saccharine. But they seem right for spring. That’s what it’s all about.”

Kors needn’t have worried. His soft palette of blush-pink, delphinium blue, lilac and pistachio, with watercolour-prints in the same shades looked fresh and sophisticated, a marked change from the clear, bright primaries which usually dominate.

His key shape was inspired by architecture, sharp lines and angles, best expressed in the simple shift, traversed with zips and clear plastic ‘windows’ which revealed glimpses of midriff and thigh, or featuring geometric cutouts on shoulders or backs.

He also showed a young, more girlish look with loose, semi-see-through sweaters, in ‘sea foam’ cashmere, worn with crushed, techno-taffeta, skirts like candyfloss.

Draped ‘Grecian’ dresses featured cowl-backs or a single metal strap. Other one-shoulder dresses, in the watercolour print, featured layered, petal-like panels, while cocktail dresses came in black and white sequins, embroidered in a random polka dot pattern. Other sequinned shifts came with a nude tulle hemline revealing the knee.

Kors, who opened his first London flagship earlier this year, now plans a second accessories store in the West End.

The film actor, Michael Douglas, was among the front row celebrities.

“Michael is a friend and I like to go to at least one show a season, to keep in touch and catch a bit of theatre,” he said.