Summary: One of the most commonly overt themes this season has become the angular, geometric grid of architectural construction. Asymmetrical hems, strong shoulders, and sheer paneling were among the discernible features of the new wave of modern fashion. And yet, no one has done it quite like Michael Kors. The description of his Spring '10 opus began with the two words, 'Urbane Renewal,' setting the stage for a collection that would both cultivate and transform.
Kors provided a softer, more genteel approach to the neoteric elements of his collection, opting out of the harshly angular, space age look that has commonly shown up elsewhere. Instead, he chose to highlight simple shapes boasting subtle, modernist components like one shouldered sleeves, asymmetrical hems, and strategically placed cut outs. He juxtaposed the crisp, finely tuned tailoring of sheaths, trousers, and jackets with romantic flourishes in color and fabric. The ethereal palette of seafoam, glacier, thistle, marble, and pearl was like watching a breezy, breath of fresh air while the graphic, splatter paint prints in black and white were refined and classicly chic.
Though much of the collection featured extensions of some of Kors' signature shapes, he also introduced some newer, more avant garde elements in the form of slouchy, cashmere sweater overlapped and tied with extra sleeves, as well as his innovative use of Perspex, the clear plastic material he implemented in offering up neat panels of skin on watercolored dresses. The Michael Kors view on architectural design proved neither severe nor sophomoric, rather his pieces toed the line between elegant and edgy through a controlled aesthetic that effectively illustrated a new, unfolding chapter of spring fashion.
Color Palette: white, sky, b
lack, bleach, silver, metallic, pearl, seafoam, thistle, watercolor, glacier, pumice, pearl, pistachio, mint, wisteria, chino, ink, travertine, marble, paint splatter, anthracite, gesso
Fabrics and Textures: leather, stretch cotton broadcloth, radzmire, linen, stretch crepe, bonded faille, shantung, crinkle lame, pailette, poplin, taffeta, viscose, cashmere, jersey, cashmere/silk, wool/cotton, stretch boucle, tissue mohair, crinkle cashmere, cotton twill, stretch crepe, perspex, nylon, merino, flannel, viscose, duschesse, jacquard, sateen, crinkle, slashed, origami, asymmetric, splatter, brushstroke, crushed, hand painted, perforated, tompe l'oeil
Key Looks: sky techno radzmire origami dress, silver crinkle lame sheath, white bonded faille, reefer coat, pearl tissue mohair tank, seafoam crushed techno taffeta skirt, ink splatter hand painted paillete shift, black merino transparent stripe pullover, pumice stretch cotton short, black stretch crepe cage dress, anthracite brushstroke jacquard asymmetric dress
Photo Source: NY Mag