For his pre-fall collection, the Duchess looked to the west, taking his inspiration from Ann Bonfoey Taylor, a skier and Colorado socialite he described as “Nan Kempner on the range.” It’s a pleasant surprise. We think it can be fairly said, even when he’s utilizing elements from safari or tribal influences, as he did with his spring collection, that Michael Kors almost always has a distinctly New York City aesthetic to his work. What fun to see him get his cowgirl on. Of course she’s a socialite cowgirl, Kors would have it no other way, but we’re totally digging the ways he’s remaining very true to his aesthetic while at the same time fooling around with the influences. The coats are all fabulous (no surprise), but we also really like the black and white plaids he worked through the collection, as well as the occasional pops of sky blue among all the Korsian reds and blacks. A lesser designer would think “western” and offer up a bunch of saloon girls and stereotypes, but Kors once again finds a way to apply his cool, classic chic without doing an Urban Cowgirl redux.
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