Michael Kors Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on September 15, 2011

Michael Kors Spring 2012 Collection

For spring, Michael Kors wants to take us all on safari. And if we get to wear clothes like this, we might even be willing to put up with the snakes and the bugs the size of our iPhones. It’s safari filtered through a luxury lens. Gorgeous, rich, earthy shades of brown and green, oranges and reds, coupled with zebra and python prints, batiks, and tie-dyed looks. It’s a collection both earthy and ethereal at the same time, with floaty sheer pieces paired with sturdy sandals and boots; and ponchos and sweaters walking alongside caftans and bathing suits. The feeling is both rich and casual, like a night back at the lodge after a day spent taking pictures of lions. It’s textural and luxurious and makes us want to hit the savannah in a slouchy jacket and dip-dyed pants, posing with the sun at our backs and feeling fabulous. Hissing Beetles need not apply. Meet us back at the hotel bar later for cocktails and posing, darlings.

 

Michael Kors Spring 2012 Collection

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Annie Leung

    I want that belt with the little pouch! I’ve actually been looking for one like that.

    The colors are gorgeous, not exactly right for my skin tone (olive) but all of the accessories and shoes are to die.

    • Dee

      “[...]belt with the little pouch!”

      You mean the fanny pack? ;)

  • Anonymous

    The collection seems indistinguishable from Ralph Lauren.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJMQEBSJRUNQHEEWTXI5BCS6HI D J

    I couldn’t see myself wearing the gladiator flats, and some of the men’s pants look a little like muted Tie-dye, but otherwise, I like it!

  • Anonymous

    Love tie dye. I have always loved tie dye. And I love it when something I never stopped wearing comes back in style.

    And I love the little waist bag as well. I’ve been looking for one that doesn’t look like a fanny pack for ages!

    –GothamTomato

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      <3 tie dye too:)  We're actually in the process of tie dying fabric for my soon-to-be sister-in-law's wedding dress.  Plain white fanciness doesn't suit her…

  • Anonymous

    These are all my colors! Want, want, want!

  • Anonymous

    I love the impracticality of that fringy poncho dress. Want to use your right arm? Too bad, unless you also wish to flash everyone in the immediate vicinity.

    He also seems to have styled them after himself, that is to say with an unholy amount of spray tan.

    • Anonymous

      I had that same thought about the poncho dress! gorgeous, but…how????? what would it be for???

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        I assumed it was more of a cover-up for swimwear.  I have a couple dresses that look like regular dresses but are made specifically as swim covers.

  • http://twitter.com/LaurenJeanSTM Lauren St. Martin

    Oh, that first swimsuit is gorgeous! I wan every single item. Please Santa?

  • http://twitter.com/sariebee sariebee

    If turtleneck guy with the tie-dye pants came down the PR runway, MK’s
    head would spin off. ‘I mean, it looks like my grandma’s bedspread had
    sex with Jerry Garcia!’

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6PUVFQ7YCZZFZRIER6BEJ4HVYE Amye

      No way! Those are cool!  As is “turtle-neck” guy!  LOL

  • Anonymous

    What is the model in the main photo wearing around her shoulders? I don’t get it. It looks like she slung a canvas tarp that someone has spilled olive oil on (repeatedly) around her shoulders. 

    • Anonymous

      Ha, spilled oil is EXACTLY what it looks like!

  • Anonymous

    Are all of those models wearing spray tans?

  • Anonymous

    Yawn! Call me when you’re inspired.

    • muzan-e

      It doesn’t help that Da-Nang is already something largely similar. 

      But it’s not a perfect comparison: on the one hand, their detailing’s better (mea culpa, Michael!). On the other, their whole concept abandons Slightly Discomforting and steams full-speed into Chokingly Offensive. Kors knows how to gentle his pseudo-everything.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed!

  • Anonymous

    I love the color pallet here.  Some of this is quite nice.  Although that dress in the 4th row on the right is frumpy librarian on safari.

  • scottyf

    Some of the guy’s stuff is interesting. I’m still trying to figure out if my big ass can carry off patterned pants. I think he hit it out of the park with a lot of the women’s garments.

    But to tell you the truth? I’m more excited that my brothers of color were able to book more than one show this week. :-)

    • Anonymous

      of course your big ass can :)

      • scottyf

        You. Are. An. Angel.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      Everyone can wear patterned pants — as long as they’re the right cut and pattern.  Pants are way too boring in most people’s wardrobe.

      • scottyf

        The last time I wore a pair of patterned pants I was walking through Central Park.

        A family mistook my butt for a blanket and had a picnic on my ass.

        • Anonymous

          That’s kind of hot… in a weird way.  Change it to “a gay couple from Minnesota” and then you are on to something.  LOL!

  • Anonymous

    I really like this collection.  I’m looking forward to see how he translates this collection to his Mass Market pieces.  At least I know I can afford his clothes.  I love the yellows and tangerines in this collection.  I like how the yellow isn’t super duper sunny and is more muted.

  • Anonymous

    Gee.  A zebra print in a safari collection.  Just a bit too literal, I think. Overall, I’m underwhelmed. Maybe it’s because I’ve lived through one safari era in fashion, and I didn’t like it back then either. The colors, except for the orange, are depressing in a very Gretchen-like way. Kind of muddy and dull.  And I don’t see anything really original here.  I’m just not feeling it.

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking the same thing. Didn’t we already see this? It’s nice but yes, very underwhelming.

    • Heather Bryan

      It IS Gretchen Jones done a bit better.  You have to wonder if Kors already had this planned when he chose her…….they kept saying her stuff was ‘fashion-forward’ but I sure wasn’t seeing it.  Now it makes sense.  *rolleyes*

  • Terence Ng

    Not feeling his menswear at all…the colors are a bit literal and off-putting, but you can’t deny that it’s his typical clean, chic wear for women.

  • Anonymous

    Does this mean tie dye and/or batik are fashionable again (I can’t tell what process those olive striped pants are)? YES!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545764348 Julie Lingenfelter Kiesel

    I somehow feel I am on Tatooine with Jabba in attendance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545764348 Julie Lingenfelter Kiesel

    I somehow feel I am on Tatooine with Jabba in attendance.

    • Anonymous

      i always love a star wars reference!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545764348 Julie Lingenfelter Kiesel

    I somehow feel I am on Tatooine with Jabba in attendance.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like any of the footwear, especially those Teva-style sandals for men.
    I like a lot of the clothes, though. Beautiful colors. And I secretly love tie-dye and think it can look gorgeous when done in sophisticated colors like this.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like any of the footwear, especially those Teva-style sandals for men.
    I like a lot of the clothes, though. Beautiful colors. And I secretly love tie-dye and think it can look gorgeous when done in sophisticated colors like this.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like any of the footwear, especially those Teva-style sandals for men.
    I like a lot of the clothes, though. Beautiful colors. And I secretly love tie-dye and think it can look gorgeous when done in sophisticated colors like this.

  • Scott Hester-Johnson

    As orange as Michael Kors!

  • Scott Hester-Johnson

    As orange as Michael Kors!

  • Scott Hester-Johnson

    As orange as Michael Kors!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, guys, not so impressed.  A few nice “Out of Africa” looking pieces, but a lot of that generic ‘ethnic’ stuff that really references Western perspectives and rather facile views of other cultures.  Don’t think the Orange One had an inspired moment on this collection.

  • Anonymous

    So the new look is travel-stained? Everything I own is in style then.

    • Anonymous

      Why can I only “like” something once???? Seriously if, as Dejah_Thoris is correct about “travel stained” being the new look, then I have been ahead of the trend for 46 years!!!

  • Bree The Vole

    My facial memory is bad, but I think I recognize Jourdan Dunn and Magdalena Frackowiak from the models? Maybe?

  • Anonymous

    It’s very Ralph Lauren, very Out of Africa. But it is also very Kors, and it has a nice earthy chicness to it. 

  • MilaXX

    I love that backpack, but a lot of this reminds me of old school Banana Republic. it;s okay as separate, but a bit much as a collection.

  • MilaXX

    I love that backpack, but a lot of this reminds me of old school Banana Republic. it;s okay as separate, but a bit much as a collection.

  • Anonymous

    The swim-suit look 4th row in the middle looks like a costume out of Star Trek TOS.  All she needs is some big hair and a touch of blue eye-shadow (you know, for that future-y effect) and she can start battling it out in the gladiator arena.

    In all honesty though, I actually think most of the collection is really beautiful.  Not groundbreaking, but beautiful.

    • Anonymous

      My thoughts exactly – I ran through the collection thinking that I loved the ease of it, the return of earthy colors (along with te DK), not noticing any particular pieces but considering the overall look, stopped dead –  thought “godawful bathing suit” and kept going. The star trek image is no stuck in my head – although I’d go with blue body paint to match the eyeshadow.

  • Anonymous

    SO did Anya copy from him, or did he copy Anya?
     

    • Anonymous

      My thoughts exactly!  My second thought – Anya is the winner…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6TDAYXK555ABAKZEEOAJMC25FU Stan

        This has always been an issue I’ve perceived about MK.  The line he debuts that follows the PR season is always referential in some way to one of the stronger contestants from that season.  So either the contestant is stealing ideas from MKs book, or he’s looking at them week by week and incorporating the contestant’s ideas into his collection for that season.

        • Anonymous

          Agree -  even Wendy’s stuff – he complained “Boobies” and then had a VERRRYYY similar look in one his later shows

          • Anonymous

            It’s so true!  I see lots of Gretchen in this collection.

        • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

          So Michael saw Anya’s collection on Friday and whipped up this entire collection in 5 days?

          And to be honest, we’re not seeing much in the way of similarities except on the most basic level: prints and sheer, flowy dresses, which happen to be the trend this season. Same thing goes for the Gretchen comparison. The only similarity we can see vaguely centers around the color story but even then, it’s not particularly close.

          • Anonymous

            A few of the longer flowy dresses have an Anya vibe, especially the orange and red tie-dye with the signature Anya neckline, and last season I thought a few things reminded me of Gretchen and a few others, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.  Designers are influenced by everything around them, and MK spends a reasonable amount of time looking at the PR designs all season long. It wouldn’t be strange for some element of something he’s seen to creep into his creative process.  It actually makes me like him more if he is inspired in some subtle way be what he’s critiquing – it means he’s paying attention and he’s open!
            When I taught and was around design students ( at Parsons actually ) I was very inspired by their work and energy – they are willing to experiment and bring a fresh eye, and that’s always a good thing for a designer at any level.

        • Anonymous

          It seems more likely the causation runs the other way – whichever contestant is keying in to stuff MK is into in a given season will do well in the show that season. Which would be hard to avoid, really, and arguably MK shouldn’t avoid it – if he’s a good designer, whatever he’s into in a given season probably IS on trend, which they care about.

  • Judy_J

    Mogambo.  Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly.  Or Hatari!  John Wayne, Red Buttons, Elsa Martinelli.  Africa never looked so appealing.  This collection has that same great white hunter vibe.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.parker Sara Parker

    No mention of the fact that the Tangerine Duchess forced all the models to wear the same ridiculous “bronzer” on just their faces?

  • Anonymous

    Eh, I liked it better when Ralph Lauren did it a couple years ago.

  • Anonymous

    I think I like some of the accessories more than the clothes.  The clothes are quite beautiful, but just not my taste.

  • http://jessieliz.wordpress.com/ Super Red

    I ADORE that shawl dress. No idea how I would wear it, but it makes me inspired to try and make something that fabulous that has a long sleeve arm that can flow with it.

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous collection, I love the feel of it all.  I’ll be waiting back at the lodge with cocktails ready.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take the column maxi dresses and all of the bags, please.

  • Anonymous

    Afriluxe! Stop inhaling the bronzer, Michael. Just what is luxe in that first photo? Don’t see anything new or Spring 2012 here.

  • Anonymous

    Is Uli working for Michael Kors these days?

  • Anonymous

    I feel like it’s just all so literal. Like, zebra prints and snakeskin bags. Other than that, it’s super pretty.

  • Anonymous

    I think Duchess and I have the same taste in boys. :)

    Anyway, these are SO not my colors (death warmed over with my pale skin), but I like the shapes.

  • http://twitter.com/mcglory13 mcglory13

    So I generally love Nina Garcia, but she tweeted about this about MK’s show: “luxe yet savage Angelina & Brad in Africa” and I just cannot even cope with that. Was that his description? Her description? It’s just shockingly racist. I saw that tweet first, and now I can’t even look at the clothes to evaluate them. 

    • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

      No, that wasn’t Michael’s description, but we fail to see how it’s racist. If this was a tribal-inspired collection, we could see your point, but “savage” in this context clearly refers to wildlife and not people.

  • Now I am The Bee

    Wow–such fun clothes!  I could even wear some of these. 
    Bur, except for the colors–a lot of the silhouettes and details look like those from Uli’s  final PR collection.  And the last time we saw safari clothes was Michael KNight’s final collection.  I guess you cen draw inspiration from anywhere….

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think long-time professionals are as influenced by PR as we viewers. Safari looks have been around in different collections for decades, off and on, and I think any single designer is probably more influenced by the *first* such collection they saw, if it made an impression on them, than the subsequent ones. Plus, actual safari clothes for going-on-safari, have been around since the heyday of the British Empire.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think long-time professionals are as influenced by PR as we viewers. Safari looks have been around in different collections for decades, off and on, and I think any single designer is probably more influenced by the *first* such collection they saw, if it made an impression on them, than the subsequent ones. Plus, actual safari clothes for going-on-safari, have been around since the heyday of the British Empire.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=27432316 Ally Monge

    Want. Want. Want.

  • Anonymous

    I like the men’s wear better than the women’s. The impression of loose, sometimes downright baggy, in subfusc colors overwhelms the several body-skimming knits and orange/near-gold outfits.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty! Although the cape/drape/canvas shawl thing on the model in the picture at the head of the article just looks like it’s covered in giant grease stains, and Michael Kors would have lampooned it mercilessly if it went down a PR runway.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty! Although the cape/drape/canvas shawl thing on the model in the picture at the head of the article just looks like it’s covered in giant grease stains, and Michael Kors would have lampooned it mercilessly if it went down a PR runway.

  • Anonymous

    Listen, I didn’t read any of the books, but even to me that first photo looked like Michael Kors for The Hunger Games.

    • Anonymous

      I did read the books, and you are spot on! Good call.

  • Anonymous

    Almost all of this stuff looks splattered in baby diarrhea. What UGLY colors!

  • Toto Maya

    Every time I see a Michael Kors collection all I can think is, “LOOK! More brown!”

  • Anonymous

    I saw those brown pants with the white stripes and thought, “UGH. Why aren’t those for boys?” Two rows down, there’s the male version! It was a very brief emotional roller coaster. I think I’ll have to buy them.

  • Anonymous

    I like the earthy yet rich and saturated palette.

    Turn offs: stained drop-cloth wrap in the first photo and poncho dresses.

    Turn ons: That first orange v-neck dress and the gold pantsuit thingy about 2/3 of the way down in the middle.

  • Anonymous

    I like the earthy yet rich and saturated palette.

    Turn offs: stained drop-cloth wrap in the first photo and poncho dresses.

    Turn ons: That first orange v-neck dress and the gold pantsuit thingy about 2/3 of the way down in the middle.

  • Anonymous

    Nope.  J’adore MK (crack included) but not this collection.  It just doesn’t say Spring to me. The colors are too drab.  As much military as safari.   And is it me, or does that black and white dress look like Anya designed it.  

  • Anonymous

    Nope.  J’adore MK (crack included) but not this collection.  It just doesn’t say Spring to me. The colors are too drab.  As much military as safari.   And is it me, or does that black and white dress look like Anya designed it.  

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely adore the fourth look in particular, but the whole collection looks great.

    Those up-the-calf sandals are confusing me, though.  

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely adore the fourth look in particular, but the whole collection looks great.

    Those up-the-calf sandals are confusing me, though.  

  • Anonymous

    If I want stains on my clothing, I can accomplish it myself. Not feeling this collection one tiny bit. I like the colors, but that’s about it. I’ll take the Out of Africa look of Redford and Streep any day over this.

  • Anonymous

    If I want stains on my clothing, I can accomplish it myself. Not feeling this collection one tiny bit. I like the colors, but that’s about it. I’ll take the Out of Africa look of Redford and Streep any day over this.

  • Anonymous

    That first swimsuit would look great on so many body shapes, even a 5’2″ curvy girl like me!

  • Aly Light

    I’m not feeling it, but then I virtually never am with Kors. He loves shapeless silhouettes that I just can’t get behind, and I’m not an “olive drab” kind of girl. Some of the camo prints here are too literal– one of those fringe-y dresses looks like something I could re-purpose out of hunting jackets from Cabela’s. And those hip pouches-over-swimsuits? Is anyone else thinking Bond Girl?

  • Damien Washington

    It’s like Mychael Knight’s finale collection bumped uglies with Uli’s finale collection.

  • Anonymous

    I will not go on safari or to the safari lounge in that hideous coat dress.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

    Is anyone else sick of animal prints?

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, not loving this.  I like the color pallette but somehow it all seems drap and shapeless to me.  And really?  A fannypack and lace up to the knees sandal/boots with a swinsuit.  Again, I look as some of his designs and styling choices and then play back some of the criticisms he throws out on PR.  “Where is this girl going?  That’s just crazy!  Turn around, let’s see the back.  Oh no…. no, no, no…”

  • Anonymous

    … I’m just not going to be able to buy any clothes for the next 6 months/ year, am I. Everything is sickly, muddy, 70′s couch colors.

    • Anonymous

      I cannot wear orange, rust, or mustard yellow; it totally sallows out my skin tone. I’m not feeling the love for this collection either.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Shields/1200782178 Michelle Shields

    sorry but drab as hell. it’s for spring for shit’s sake!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Shields/1200782178 Michelle Shields

    sorry but drab as hell. it’s for spring for shit’s sake!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Shields/1200782178 Michelle Shields

    sorry but drab as hell. it’s for spring for shit’s sake!

  • margaret meyers

    You!  Yes you in the orange swimsuit.  Stop smiling.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

    It’s funny that  they were all over Fallene for her “Halloween” color palette, when this fairly screams “autumn,” even though it’s a spring collection.

  • http://rachbomb.livejournal.com Rachael J.

    I love MK!!! He tends to work with animal prints, but in a very chic way.  Love!!

  • Anonymous

    So elegantly slouchy!
    Never thought those words would go together.

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    I don’t like it. The only thing that I sort of liked was that mustard crewneck.

  • http://profiles.google.com/richixcore Richi Robilotto

    Is Uli working for Michael Kors, now?

  • http://twitter.com/somuchhotter Ethan Barclay-Ennew

    I hate almost everything this man makes, this collection is not the exception to my rule

  • Anonymous

    Who is influencing whom here? Looks a lot like last year’s winner, she who shall not be named.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll sell a couple organs to pay for the jacket that first guy is wearing, but otherwise I’m fairly underwhelmed. Then again, safari is totally not my style at all, so I’m hardly the target audience.

  • Anonymous

    What an odd color palette for spring. I like quite a few of the pieces, but I like them more if I picture them in colors that don’t remind me of the shag carpet in my grandmother’s den…

  • Anonymous

    I feel like I’ve seen pretty much all of this before, and let’s just get to the end of those knee-high gladiator sandals, shall we? I gotta say that the little African pants on the African American male model make me really uncomfortable, as the whole look is just very “Pleasure me, Mandingo.” I can see no self-respecting black man in a look like that. Cringe.

  • http://twitter.com/JudysNotebook Judy

    Hah! I let out every grunt and mmm looking at this .. Even my cat eyed me with wonder. No Thanks MK. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

    Looks 1,7,and 12 remind me of evil Josh’s dresses in his runway show. 

    • Anonymous

      Funny, I thought Anya had joined Team OompaLoompa – especially that kimono like zebra print….

  • Lulu Lafurge

    If any of my male friends wore those patterned pants, or the super baggy ones, I would razz them off the planet. I like a lot of women’s styles, though. But pre-distressed clothing has always driven me wild. Like a previous commenter: Oil stains? Oh, and the little nips out of that sweater? I can’t wait for pilly sweaters to be in. I’ll be ready for it.

  • Anonymous

    I like many of these looks, although I could do without the knee-high shoes.  Imagine the pattern on your legs after a day of wearing those babies!

  • Anonymous

    Banana Republic circa 1997 called.  They want their duds back.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2B6U4UNVYIV5DLEG6Z24ALYOC4 Dan Alexander

    OK, The one piece orange bathing suit looks like she should be sittin on a bale of hay with a huge bowl of candy corn in her lap! Remember the nasty feedback you gave Fallene? Payback is a b*&^% MK! You have alot of nerve!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2B6U4UNVYIV5DLEG6Z24ALYOC4 Dan Alexander

    Looks very school project. Who is going to wear sandals while on a safari?  Duh, snakes, spiders and killer fire ants. Over accessorized and some of the bags look very cheap. That potato sack bag looks dirty. UGH MK!

  • Anonymous

    LOVE the orange and burgundy tie-dye. 

  • Anonymous

    That animal print bathing suit looks like the result of a PR challenge when they are forced to use materials found in a taxidermist shop. 

  • http://chupatinja.wordpress.com Santa

    I don’t like any of it :(

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LU5C262WB3Z5F4WZ6QGKXLNLE JaneM

    I’m surprised that Michael Kors, who is always harping about what a woman would not like painted on her crotch, has what looks like painted on pubes on the swimsuit.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LU5C262WB3Z5F4WZ6QGKXLNLE JaneM

    And how do I get my profile picture to show here? It’s on my profile and it’s not private. Can’t figure it out.

  • Anonymous

    Fanny packs are back? Kors…seriously?

  • Anonymous

    Looks like a resort collection. I think Anya’s going to win PR this season.

  • http://twitter.com/Aeudet Andrew Lamson Nguyen

    Here’s to hoping for a male sarong trend.