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Nods to nostaliga: The 70s glamour of Michael Kors

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New York Fashion Week Catwalks – A/W 19

After show-hopping – and a team debrief – the WGSN Catwalks editors call out the most exciting and directional emerging trends – and we’re reviewing our favourite collections, too. 

Michael Kors began the season in reflection, dreaming up a collection inspired by the 1970s, when he first arrived to New York. “A little Bianca [Jagger], a little Bette [Midler]. It’s like they all went to the party and borrowed a little bit from each other,” said Kors at a press conference before the show.

Transporting guests away from an ordinary Wednesday morning and deep into  Studio 54-era New York,  the collection was a celebratory fête of glamour referencing the intersection of theatre, nightlife, dance and fashion that defined the style of the decade.  Inspired by the professional dancer off-duty en route to the disco, there were ballerina-style sweaters and asymmetrical tie-sleeve wraps paired with body suits and mid-length dance skirts done in tonal hues, depicting a transient dancer somewhere between day and night.

Long charmeuse floral slip dresses emerged as the new neutral paired with fishnet stockings and platform heels, which we done for both men and women. Kors introduced a new kind of logo-mania with an oversized floor-length nylon puffer, a cashmere sleeveless sweatshirt and a sequined silk georgette shift dress all adorned with metallic Studio 54 logos, nodding to the nightlife institution of the decade.

Speaking of evening, there were halter gowns in warm and cool tones engulfed in sequins left long to graze the ankle. Fringe mini dresses were swallowed up by statement outerwear while sharp double crepe blazers in black were embroidered with crystals and sequins. Looks were topped off with boas, feather-trim accents on sleeves and collars and oversized richfaux fur coats, treated with the same precision as the real deal, cut in strips and done by hand.

An advocate for age-inclusivity, Michael Kors tapped the legendary 62-year-old model Patti Hansen to close the show. Dressed in a metallic structured wool suit, the model donned a big smile as she walked to Barry Manilow’s late 70’s anthem ‘Copacabana,’ which he performed live to much social media fanfare.

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