Real women, those who sometimes feel disenfranchised by the fashionrunway and its editorial ways, have a champion in Blake Lively’s bosom.As Lively sat at Michael Kors in a V-neck-to-there look from thedesigner’s spring collection, she and her ample assets stood forsomething (other than giving the straight photographers something toreally get excited about; they may have enjoyed the “Wall Street”escapades of Michael Douglas, also front-row, but really).
Korsdesigns clothes for real women with real lives and real wardrobepreferences. These women take care of their bodies and prefer a littlesexy with their fashion, thank you, just like Blake. If she makes for anaspirational Everywoman, so, too, do the gorgeous thirtysomethingsCarolyn Murphy, Frankie Rayder and Karen Elson, all of whom walked theshow. But this is fashion, not social work. The point is that Kors ishappy to go public with his love for women with real bodies (albeitwell-toned), women in their 30s, 40s and beyond (you know, the kind whobuy expensive clothes). He knows that most of those women would ratherlook mainstream glamorous thanstop-traffic-on-the-FDR-(literally)-so-the-street-photographers-can-shoot-me-in-my-wacky-coatfashiony.
The collection Kors showed on Wednesday played tothose women with panache and charm. It opened with an orchestral versionof “California Dreaming.” “I love a hybrid,” Kors said during apreview. “Basically we wanted to take everything that you think of asNew York — the polish, the vanity of it — and view it with this northernCalifornia easiness, a mix of the two. I guess she’s an urbane gypsy.”
Perhapsso, although one wonders what that West Coast free spirit would thinkof Kors’ liberal use of fur (don’t you just love a fashion oxymoron?).Otherwise, these clothes should resonate beautifully with women theworld over, delivering Kors’ desired casual chic to near perfection. Tothat end, the silhouettes were almost invariably relaxed and rooted intraditional notions of sportswear — a great coat over a sweater andchiffon skirt; a chunky hand-knit over a fringed suede skirt. Plays oftexture were key — thick sweater knits, mannish tweeds, flannels,python, sequins, chiffon, fil coupé — worn in the most inviting ofcombinations. Throughout, the sensuality derived from deft use oftransparent fabrics.
About those furs — Kors had always been afan. Here, he upped the ante considerably, perhaps influenced by thisbrutal winter, or maybe, his ever-escalating wealth — who knows?Whatever the reason, they were fabulous, particularly in casual mode:chocolate sable coat tossed over denim; mink popover popped over sweats.Because a chill in the air is no excuse for turning down thetemperature on style.
Alberta Ferretti's "Rainbow Week" sweaters are back. The designer closed her #MFW show with a few day-of-the-week sweaters, which first debuted on the catwalk last January as part of the pre-fall 2017 collection. #wwdfashion (📷: @delphineachard)