Written by: K. Amanuel
Fans of the hit Emmy-nominated reality television show Project Runway are probably really familiar with Michael Kors, who was a judge on the show for 10 seasons. Known for his classic American sportswear for women, Michael Kors is one of the most famous designers in the world. His designs include clothing line, footwear, handbags, shoes and timepieces. His ready-to-wear apparels have received critical acclaim and are quite popular among the masses. Celebrities who have worn his work include Michelle Obama, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Lopez among many others. According to show notes, Michael Kors’ fall 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week was “an attitude based on speed, endurance and glamour.”
The collection at the 2013 New York Fashion Week was described as “Urban athleticism meets uptown polish.” In a house that included celebrities Hilary Swank, Jada Pinkett Smith, Karolina Kurkova, Zoe Saldana and Michael Douglas, Kors sent out an array of outfits for his fall 2013 collection that ranged in color from royal blue to taxi-cab yellow. One look was a soft royal-blue cashgora jacket matched with a matching zipper skirt. Another was a black rubberized shaker-knit sweatshirt that was paired with yellow track pants with black leather stripes. The quilted leather skirt suit was a definite standout as was the men’s gabardine-leather toggle coat with rubberized pullover. Black menswear were nicely contrasted against colorful attires. The show also presented its fair share of evening-wear, including an elegant black mink slashed stole with a double-face zip skirt. The men collection emphasized on the overcoat, over-sized jackets and large pockets.
The mixture of athletic wear-inspired textures and designs and cashmere cardigans gave a hint of glamour and sophistication. The chic and beautiful collection showed why Kors is still a respected name in the business after being around for three decades. The outfits on the runway were modern and sophisticated while still maintaining that look of comfort. Sleek structures and tailoring could be seen throughout the collection. Bold belts and metallic accents as well as exposed zippers and leather detailing gave the collection a lot of edge.
Reminiscent of his Spring 2013 collection, over-sized ski-like goggles was seen on few of the models. Kors use of colors and arrangement was indeed, “Bright lights, fast city…urban athleticism meets uptown polish,” as Kors himself described it. There was a good balance throughout the collection and had the signature sportswear look that Michael Kors is known for.