Michael Kors F/W 2012: Rustic Glamour
In a perfect world, our country would be outfitted in Michael Kors F/W 2012 embodying the classic Americana which once reflected, a polished and elegant American style, wearing red, white, blue and stripes proud. Embodying Old Hollywood grandeur while staying true to functional American sportswear, Kors’ collection is evidence enough as to why his stock continues to rise on Wall Street and in the hearts of Americans, alike.
“I thought about the ’30s and those glamorous Hollywood couples – the Clark Gables and Carole Lombards,” explained Kors backstage. This was evident in crisp-tailored suits fit for a sophisticated Southern gentleman such as Gable and the opulent gowns which could have easily costumed Lombard in one of her silver screen flicks. A more modern frame of reference was the coffee table book ‘American Beauty’ by Vogue alumna Claiborne Swanson Frank which features 100 portraits of exemplary stylish American Women.
Both the menswear and womenswear collections exhibited a rugged elegance from the mix of cozy textures to delicate fabrics, layer upon layer. The collection began with lodge-perfect plaid pieces such as the fringe blanket coats, tweed pullovers and crombie coats. Subtly the collection transitioned into more refined looks with cashmere pullovers and adornments of chantilly lace and chiffon. The statements for men were made in outerwear be it the moleskin anoraks, mongolian goats or the mohair herringtonbone travel suits. The blanket shawls, skirts and ponchos sealed the outdoor look for the ladies. Not to mention the luxurious fur hats and clutches, leather gloves, chunky may jane heels and heavy leather doctor bags which served as the perfect trimmings to the ensembles.
Should a day at the lodge be capped off with a black tie affair, Kors introduced a series of gowns which had front row stationed Jessica Alba and her stylist Brad Goreski engaging in Oscar gown whisper exchanges. Gold, silver, deep red and crimson sequined bias-cut gowns were reminiscent of the golden age of Hollywood. While the evening wear on its own might seem a contradiction to the collection’s rustic commencement, Kors made it work. After all, the last look down the runway was quintessential Kors with a black crystal beaded stretch jersey turtle neck gown.
Given Kors’ reign as an American design royal and upcoming release of The Great Gatsby film at this end of this year, I have a sneaking suspicion that ’30s glamour, both in casual daywear and glittering eveningwear, will continue to make strides in influence on American fashion and beyond.
Lauren Valenti is founder of fashion and music website, TheVogueVibes.com , as well as an Editor of the My Fashion Database Blog.