Michael Kors delivered a stellar spring 2014 collection--the best we've seen from this titan of American sportswear in a while.
Kors has loosened up a bit. While he usually favors the sleek and streamlined, for spring, the look is more relaxed, romantic and even cozy. Kors took a "softer attitude" toward this collection--it was about, the show notes informed, a "summer romance...the juxtaposition of sportif and romantic." "Dream a Little Dream" wafted in and out (mixed with Fleetwood Mac's "Never Going Back Again"), setting the tone.
The first indication that Kors was headed in a different direction this season was the models' hair. Stylist Orlando Pita told Cheryl backstage that Kors wanted a departure from his usual "perfect hair"--instead it was tousled, loosely pulled up so wavy strands fell and framed the face. The clothes followed suit: cozy cardigans were belted over flouncy "dance skirts" and, in my favorite look, a sable stole was twisted over a cashmere cotton sweatshirt and a pair of baggy khaki boyfriend trousers. Yes, Kors did summer fur and it worked.
The collection was grounded in an earthy palette of brown, beige, and kelly green. There was a distinct Katherine Hepburn vibe to the wide-legged high-waisted pants (Kors is calling them "lounge pants") worn with sheer silk blouses and maybe a trench thrown over the shoulders. Printed shirt dresses with thigh high slits looked fluid and sexy and easy to wear. And isn't that what it's all about?