When Michael Kors transformed the American Stock Exchange with raw wood planks, a huge stage and barn-sized windows, one could only guess that the designer would be heading West for Fall 2020. That relayed into clothes quite literally, from flat equestrian boots to lux capes in plaids and burnt oranges. Oversized knits layered over pleated lurex skirts and buttery-soft leather was used as both accent and full-on fabrication. The themes of the daywear should also translate quite nicely into his lower-priced range, which will be great for his core customer base. Kors is always able to balance the gap between fast fashion and high fashion. His fall collection is able to mix a country feel with a lux town look. His use of fall colours compliments the entire feel of the collection.
Kors tapped into the drama of detailed crafted outerwear with classics such as a plaid wool melton cape coat and fringed blanket check topper and a luxe-looking knitted shearling coat.
Trench capes, blanket skirts and dresses, paisley smock dresses and riding boots cemented the season’s country chic trend, and a gray quilted cashmere poncho over scarf skirt added refinement to the ath-leisure department. Tailoring had a relaxed attitude, on his and hers gray flannel belted wrap blazer and trousers pieces, worn with lug sole shoes. And even when Kors did over-the-top sparkle, as in a gold coupe tie-neck cape dress, it translated beautifully. In a wink to sustainability, he showcased a black turtleneck smock dress made of recycled polyester and viscose, and covered in sequins made from recycled plastic bottles.
The men’s wear beautifully complemented the women’s offering with a cozy and elegant aesthetic that was most reflective in the corduroy puffer coat, belted suit and standout double-face melton wool overcoat. Kors is no daredevil.If he’s feeling particularly adventurous, it’s no more dangerous than some leather straps closing a cape. He is able to merge perfectly the country and town aesthetic.
That all came through in the equestrian-inspired collection, which was filled with tailored suiting separates, chunky scarves, and oversized wool sweaters that look warm enough to make you want to forgo a coat. A few features include Kaia’s cashmere angora-blend hooded cape, an ode to the iconic look Naomi Campbell wore during his Fall/Winter 1999 show, as well as Bella’s pleated black sequin V-neck dress. Freja Beha’s closing look, another double-faced cape (this time in menswear-gray) paired with a sequined fishtail maxi skirt, much like a classic Kors: at once high class and opulent.