May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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RUNWAY TO RANCH
New York: Michael Kors’ inspirations are often writ large through his collections, built upon simple, functional nods to a particular time or place. Pre-Fall was an exploration of the Southwestern rancher, albeit a pared-down, fashion-conscious cowgirl. The heavy masculinity of leather harnesses, belts and boots was tempered by flirtatious, asymmetric-hem dresses, cinched at the waist and clinging from head-to-toe. Outerwear proved easy and practical, even a two-tone Mongolian fur coat, whose shaggy texture will keep Kors’ customer warm on the open plains or the city streets. Accessories were the designer’s most obvious odes to ranch culture, some a bit too literal, like cowboy hats and patterned cowhide; others such as studded messenger bags and oversize belt buckles gave just the right amount of reference. —Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Straight / Slim / Boxy
Color: Bright red / Black / White / Turquoise / Tan / Chocolate/ Grey
Key Items: Handkerchief hem skirts and dresses / Overcoats / Knee length walking shorts / Slim trousers / Full, floor-length prairie skirts / Knit tanks / Jersey dresses / Fitted button downs
Materials: Mongolian lamb / Taffetta / Cotton / Patterned cowhide / Silk / Fur / Stretch wool / Leather / Jersey / Tissue knits / Lace
Print + Pattern: Plaid / Stripes / Cowhide
Details + Trim: Fur trim / Oversize studs / Pleating / Contrast embroidery / Sheer, burnout trim
Accessories + Footwear: Cowboy hats / Leather harnesses / Silver buckle belts / Cowboy boots / Studded leather messenger bags / Wide corset belts / Chunky leather sandals
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