New York Fashion Week (Fall 2014) Analysis: Michael Kors

The following paper is an analysis of the Michael Kors show at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 12, 2014. I had to write this analysis for my fashion class, and I figured it would be a cool post for the blog. Let me know what you think!

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Graham Reynolds

Location and Date

  • The Michael Kors show was located at the Lincoln Center in New York (Noveck).
  • The show took place at 10:00 a.m. on February 12, 2014 (Phelps).

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Theme, Music, and Mood

  • The theme was winter life in a Californian city (Noveck).
  • The music played during the show was the Mamas and the Papas. One of the lyrics was, “I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A.” (Noveck).
  • The mood of Kors’ show was very relaxed (Holt).

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Major Silhouettes

  • The major silhouettes displayed in the show were slim, rectangular, and A-line, with a few wedges.
  • There were about nineteen slim and rectangular silhouettes, fourteen A-line silhouettes, and three wedge silhouettes.

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Sources of Inspiration

  • The sources of inspiration for this show were California and urban life (Noveck).
  • Michael Kors said he wanted to design clothes that could be worn everyday as opposed to an item for a one-time special occasion (Noveck).

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Characteristic Motifs

  • The reoccurring characteristics in the show were belts, cable knit, structured pieces, outerwear, many kinds of fur, sheer fabric, fringe, neutral-colored prints, and scarves.

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Key Colors and Fabrics

  • Some key colors used in the show were black, grey, brown, taupe, and a few blue pieces.
  • Some of the same neutral-colored prints were used throughout the entire show in different pieces.
  • Some key fabrics used were wool, knits, chiffon, cotton, and suede (for the fringe) (Holt and Phelps).

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Accessories

  • The main accessories used in Kors’ show were belts, scarves, open-toed shoes, and outerwear.
  • The belts varied in sizes, and most outfits used one to highlight the waist. Scarves and outerwear such as coats were used to give the collection a cozy feel, and the open-toed shoes were inspired by the California theme.
  • The accessories played a dominant role in the show because they assisted the clothes in maintaining the theme. The accessories brought the collection to the next level: they put the clothes into context and helped set the mood.

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Cosmetics

  • The cosmetics were used in subtle way: they enhance the models’ features, but they let the clothes take front stage (Naughton).
  • A brown MAC eye pencil and a brown eyeshadow were smudged around the models’ eyes, and a MAC mascara was used on their eyelashes. Kors’ own bronzer was used on the models: prominent cheekbones were a trend. Finally, a subtle pink lipstick from Kors’ cosmetic line was used (Naughton).
  • A grayish beige nail color was chosen for the models’ fingers and toes. The color fits in with the scheme of Kors’ designs, even though it is darker than he usually chooses for his shows (Naughton).
  • Cosmetics played a major role in the show because they complimented the mood perfectly. The show had a very relaxed vibe, and the makeup was very conservative and purely highlighted the models’ features.

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Commentary

  • Kors’ show was often described as an evolution of his spring collection. Though he changed some things, the elements were very similar (Phelps).
  • Many commented on the relaxed, cozy feeling of the show, which is perfect for a fall collection. There was a looser silhouette, which contributed to the mood (Holt).

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Differences and Similarities to Other Shows

  • Michael Kors used mainly neutral colors, while other designers incorporated a lot of colors into their shows. Kors used smaller, less graphic prints and closed-toed shoes compared to other designers, such as Valentino pictured above. The hemlines of his dressed seemed to be longer, and his collection had a cozier feel.
  • One similarity is the structure of the pieces; they also have similar silhouettes. The collections highlight the waist with a slim silhouette and many pieces have a plunging neckline.

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Evaluation of Garments

  • I do not believe that many of these garments will be widely accepted. There are a few dressed that the majority of consumers might desire, but most of the collection is too extreme. However, the fashion innovators would most likely appreciate this collection and purchase the items (Stone).

Evaluation of Design Appeal

  • The overall design appeal is pretty good. The silhouettes in the collection are pleasing to the eye, and the different textures and fabrics used are interesting to look at. The belts used to cinch the models’ waists give the bodies shape and make the viewer want to look like the model.

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Modification

  • In order to better-fit consumer acceptance, many of the dresses would have to have shorter hemlines. Although long hemlines have been more popular lately (such as, maxi-dresses), the mid-calf length has not become widely-accepted yet.

 Five Favorite Pieces

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  • The main colors in this ensemble are black, white, and blue. The basic fabrics of the outfit are cotton, but it is brought to the next level with the extravagant fur coat. The bag appears to be leathers, and the shoes have a shiny appearance. The outfit is cinched in at the waist with a thin belt, and the silhouette is a straight-slim.

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  • The main colors in this outfit are taupe, gray, and black. The fabric of the dress appears to be cotton, while the scarf is made out of fur. The open-toed shoes are used once again, and another skinny belt highlights the waist of the model. The silhouette of the dress is slim.

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  • Many different shades of gray are used in this ensemble, and the fabrics are mainly different knits. The designs are very stream-line and clean, despite the fact that they are made out of a comfy material.

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  • Brown and taupe are used in this outfit, and a sheer material is used for the dress. The shoes seem to be leather. Once again, the dress is cinched at the waist with a skinny belt.

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  • This dress is also made of a sheer material, but lace is also used. The main colors are tan and black, and the dress’s silhouette is slim. The waist is cinched with a thick belt, and the model is wearing wrap-heels.

Why These Trends Have Surfaced

  • The structure of some of the pieces has become popular because of women’s continued rise in the workforce. Many women are being promoted into high positions, and they want to wear profession, clean-cut clothing. This reason would also explain why the hemlines have become more conservative. Although some of the dresses were above the knee, the majority of outfits had hemlines that was about mid-calf (Blaylock 2014).

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Description of Michael Kors

  • Michael Kors got his start in the public-eye as a child actor, and in 2004, he became famous in fashion on Project Runway. He briefly attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, but he dropped out to work at a store on 57th Street. A worker at Bergdorf Goodman expressed interest in his designs one day, which inspired him to start his own line. A year later, Bergdorf Goodman bought Michael Kors’ label. Kors is an old favorite: he has classic designs that customers are able to wear over-time (Vogue). 

Reference Page

Graham Reynolds. Retrieved from http://www.grahamreynolds.com/lincoln-center/

Holt, Emily (2014, February 12). Vogue. Retrieved from http://www.vogue.com/fashion-week/fall-2014/michael-kors/review/

MTV Artists. Retrieved from http://www.mtv.com/artists/the-mamas-the-papas/

Naughton, Julie (2014, February 12). Women’s Wear Daily. Retrieved from http://www.wwd.com/runway/fall-ready-to-wear-2014/backstage-beauty/michael-kors

Noveck, Jocelyn (2014, February 12). The Associated Press. Retrieved from http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ny-fashion-week-day-7-kors-lepore-krakoff

Phelps, Nicole (2014, February 12). Style.com. Retrieved from http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/F2014RTW-MKORS

Stone, Elaine (2012). In Fashion.

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