The Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2017 collection was inspired by the 80’s which included strong shoulders, sharp designs, pansuits, neckline dresses adorned with chains, safety pins and studs.
Michael Kors brand was first launched in 1981 so this collection might feel a bit nostalgic to the designer. The idea behind the pre-fall collection was to create something that “She’d wear it to lunch,” Michael Kors said.
Maybe that’s why his reinterpretations didn’t feel nostalgic or exaggeratedly gimmicky as they have in the hands of other designers lately. He kept the palette clean of white, black, and red tones and the angles sharp. Making a play for “the comeback of the suit,” he showed military-inspired tailoring in black and red trimmed with shiny silver buttons. One of the highlights of the lineup was a narrowly cut black dress with “the feeling of suiting,” thanks to its built-up shoulders, plunging U-shaped neckline, and tapered waist.
This was a wide-ranging offering with what he calls “September fashion show coats,” including an interesting style in a cracked resin rubberized print, and lots of thought on sweater dressing (a chunky ribbed knit with zip detail at the hem, asymmetrically cut cashmeres, and an evening sweater crosshatched with fine chains).