New York Fash­ion Week: Run­way diver­sity at Kors

The Hamilton Spectator - - STYLE - NI­COLE EVATT AND JO­CE­LYN NOVECK

NEW YORK — To the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of a live or­ches­tra, Michael Kors pre­sented a di­verse run­way that in­cluded plus-sized model Ashley Graham rock­ing a char­coal ribbed tank dress with a sil­ver fox shrug, and 43-year-old su­per­mod­els Am­ber Val­letta and Carolyn Mur­phy.

“Since the very be­gin­ning, I have al­ways thought that my job re­ally ... is dress­ing a huge va­ri­ety of peo­ple of all ages, dif­fer­ent body types, dif­fer­ent heights, dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties,” Kors said back­stage, just be­fore launch­ing is 36th fall col­lec­tion. “And (in this show) we have women and men from their teens to their 40s. We have peo­ple who are pe­tite, we have peo­ple who are curvy, we have peo­ple who are tomboys ... Hon­estly is my job is to make every­one look the best they can look.”

Kors’s col­lec­tion, which drew Blake Lively, Amanda Peet and Vogue ed­i­tor Anna Win­tour, among oth­ers, fo­cused on sen­su­al­ity this sea­son.

“I re­ally kept think­ing about the di­chotomy that I think peo­ple want to feel strong and at the same time when you’re feel­ing strong and pow­er­ful you still want to be sexy, but I don’t like the idea of overt sexy,” he said. “So we’re re­ally think­ing about sen­su­al­ity the sea­son. And how do we ex­press that par­tic­u­larly in a way that, I think, is great for the city streets?”

What Kors came up with, he said, was “a sneaky kind of sex­i­ness.” Makeup was min­i­mal. “There’s not a miniskirt in sight,” he added. “Long sleeves for the most part. But, at the same time, when you walk things un­wrap, fringe flies.”

The col­lec­tion was heavy on comfy sweaters, camel coats and colour­ful furs. But there was also a de­cent dose of evening glam: a num­ber of items were em­bed­ded with crys­tals, pro­vid­ing their own light source as they trav­elled down the run­way.

Celebrity mod­els in­cluded Bella Ha­did, in a slate-leop­ard wrap dress, and Ken­dall Jen­ner, clos­ing the show in a de­cid­edly glam­orous strap­less, black fringed dress with black se­quin embroidery. Val­letta wore a black crêpe dress with black and sil­ver embroidery.

A 20-piece or­ches­tra was di­rected by fash­ion show sound vet­eran Michel Gaubert.

“In my head I guess I’m a bit of a Broad­way im­pre­sario,” Kors said. “I al­ways say that I’d love to pro­duce a Broad­way show and I would. I think in so much of to­day’s world, peo­ple don’t ex­pe­ri­ence the idea of any­thing live any­more.”

RICHARD DREW, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Evening glam: a num­ber of items were em­bed­ded with crys­tals, pro­vid­ing their own light source as they trav­elled down the run­way.

RICHARD DREW, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Colour­ful fur coats were a main­stay of the Michael Kors col­lec­tion shown dur­ing Fash­ion Week in New York.

JP YIM, GETTY IMAGES FOR MICHAEL KORS

Ashley Graham rocked a char­coal ribbed tank dress with a sil­ver fox shrug.

RICHARD DREW, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Su­per­model Am­ber Val­letta wore a black crêpe dress with black and sil­ver embroidery.

RICHARD DREW, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ken­dall Jen­ner closed the show in a glam­orous strap­less, black fringed dress with black se­quin embroidery.

JP YIM, GETTY IMAGES FOR MICHAEL KORS

Celebrity model Bella Ha­did, in a slate-leop­ard wrap dress.

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