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Michael Kors is banishing the term “Pre-Fall” from his brand’s vocabulary, which is a sad moment for me because it’s my favorite fashion season of all. He instead will be describing the season going forward as “trans”: not sure the name will stick, but it does better represent that transitional period between the warm temperatures and humidity of Summer and the brisk winds and chill of Fall. Regardless of its new appellation, the clothes speak for themselves, putting a fresh and youthful spin on menswear-inspired attire for the ladies.
Kors is a red carpet master, but the designs are really the best of casual chic. They radiate an effortless sensuality, though most of the looks feature oversized silhouettes and minimal exposure of skin. Camel-hued sharp blazers and coats are thrown over button-front shirts and slouchy trousers, anchored by platform oxfords and the brand’s first sneakers for its mainline: in luxurious mahogany-hued croc of course. The boyish ensembles give way to feminine accents with voluminous skirts and floor-length maxi dresses, cinched at the waist to accentuate the female form.
More Summertime predilections pop up with a baby blue paisley jacquard splattered on knee-length pleated skirts and highly-functional pleated trousers. The paisley pattern is then injected with red for a more vivid visual on two-piece, retro inspired maillots (a Kors specialty), shirtdresses, a head-to-loafer suited getup, roomy wide-leg pants, and more.
Fall-perfect angora and chunky knits provide needed warmth for those chilly autumn days and nights.
There aren’t any red carpet-worthy gowns at play, truly aligning with Kors’s aim to present a more relaxed collection. There are in fact some looks that will definitely make a statement, including a leather ruffle-placket dress I can see Naya Rivera in and a slouchy white suit that Jennifer Lopez could carry off quite well.
What do you think of the latest from Michael Kors?