The energy could not be higher in the room as Michael Kors presented his fall 2013 collection, despite the fact that between Nemo and the Grammys this fashion week has been rendered considerably less star-studded. Leave it to Kors to score a front row coup of Hilary Swank-next to-Zoe Saldana-next to-Jada Pinkett Smith-chaperoning Willow Smith-a few seats down from-Michael Douglas. In contrast with the celeb-second coming in the front row, Kors’s runway featured a team of “commando-glam fashletes”.
This meant the volume was pumped on both the thumping “pop-hop” soundtrack, and the collection’s color palette as well; tangerine, cobalt and chili tones played against abstracted prints for graphic effect. The latter-–large-scale interpretations of camouflage and houndstooth motifs‑-invoked that synthetic glamour that Teri Toye worked so well in Stephen Sprouse’s heyday. Active details moved Kors’ classic shapes forward, with scuba paneling, Velcro closures, and racing stripes factoring centrally in the garments’ slick-sleek aesthetic. It’s intriguing to note that the Park Avenue Princesses like Aerin Lauder and Lauren Dupont (both in attendance, front-row) that first put Kors on the American-–and subsequently the international--design radar have remained so faithful to his brand. He’s remained equally faithful to them as well, this season showing a democratic range of daywear that these ladies can sink their sartorial teeth into. In a genius courting of his next generation of devotee’s Kors grafted crisp silk faille flounces and tails onto a parade of black, bodicon minidresses. With instincts like these, there’s no doubt Kors will be dressing women yearning for his American-luxe polish for decades to come.