May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: This season Michael Kors was inspired by the yin and yang of an American attitude from people such as Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and Babe Paley. The collection exhibited opulent restraint and an overall composed and understated sense of glamour and indulgence. Menswear influences were seen throughout the collection with military accents, guncheck plaids, haberdashery capes, and burnished leather oxfords. Feminine accents and contradictions came through in simple bias cut dresses and subtle yet extravagant embellishments such as caviar beading, feather embroidery, and crystal patterns. The fox furs throughout the collection were breathtaking from oversized striped coats to sheared mink damask patterns, and bold peacock and claret colors. Michael Kors continues to design a new type of eveningwear with less focus on a gown and more on modern separates. This season he created lavish pajama sets with crystal embroidery and fox scarves as well as and evening skirt suit with floor length skirt and cropped jacket. Closing the show were two sparkling evening gowns with a simple bias drape capturing the understated opulence of the collection. –Jaclyn Jones
Theme: Understated glamour
Key Items: Fox fur coat / Chesterfield cape / Double breasted coat / Balmacaan / Trench coat / Tailored jacket / Trench cape / Pullover sweater / Turtleneck sweater / Aran pullover / Cardigan / White poplin shirt / Bias cut dress / Sweater dress / Flare midi dress / Slip dress / Pencil midi dress / Bias gown / Tuxedo gown / Knit skirt set / Woven skirt suit / Trumpet skirt / Pleated skirt / Double vent pencil skirt / Pajama pant set / Wide leg trouser / Cropped trouser
Color: Olive / Fawn / Barley / Chocolate / Charcoal / Black / White / Navy / Claret / Peacock / Topaz / Peridot / Slate / Gold
Materials and Trims: Damask / Velvet / Tweed / Mohair / Fox fur / Fisher fur / Cashmere / Poplin / Flannel / Bouclé / Wool melton / Sheared mink damask / Jacquard / Fil coupé / Lace / Silk georgette / Broadcloth / Crepe
Print and Pattern: Gunchecks / Glen plaid / Foulards / Paisley
Accessories and Footwear: Burnished leather footwear and accessories / Structured travel bag / Crocodile clutch / Satchel / Lean shoulder bag / Jelly roll handbag / Fox muff and scarf / Skinny belt / Circular tortoise shell sunglasses / Menswear oxfords / Brogue slides / Monk strap shoes / Chelsea boot / T-strap heels / Peep-toe Mary Janes
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