Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on December 02, 2011

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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  • Sobaika Mirza

    I’m SO not a cowgirl, but I covet that blue dress to the right in the 4th row.

    • Anonymous

      I had just the opposite reaction to that dress.  It looks totally sister/wife to me.  But I love that long plaid skirt in the middle of the next row down.

      There are a few pieces I like here (the aforementioned skirt being one) but mostly I don’t like this at all.  The tops of those second and third pieces in the row that’s one up from the bottom make me think of Clinque Counter and his plastic pieces in his PR collection.  That’s not a good association, really.  Also, when will the mullet hem die?  Not soon enough for me, apparently.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1214755227 Meira Niibori

        You read my mind on every single point: the two pieces – skirt & coat – that I like, the sisterwife dress, the CC influences, the mullet hems………. spooky!

  • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

    Mullet skirts = still a giant epic fail, whether the Duchess, Marchesa, or anyone else. That is all.

    Loff the plaid in the 4th row. Otherwise the rest of it falls flat for me (and I normally like Kors). Meh, I say! 

    • Aly Light

      I have to say, the mullet hem actually looks worse with MK here– I think the minimalist tops just put way too much attention on the hems.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I have seen exactly one mullet dress that I like – it was Zuhair Murad. I think because he embellishes and frou-fraus the heck out of it, the mullet hem works.

    • Anonymous

      Oh that plaid one is my favourite too – me wanty

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micaela-Cannon/1465504041 Micaela Cannon

    Hate the last three gowns with those stupid hems, but there’s a lot in here I really love.  The first red coat is divine and I love the plaid. Michael usually bores me to tears but this is something a little different as you pointed out.

  • Aly Light

    This is honestly the first Michael Kors collection I’ve actually liked. He managed to be just slightly innovative. I especially commend him for the red dress with the leather straps– that use of leather strapping is something designers have been trying for the last few seasons on PR, and I always think it looks terrible and incongruous. I actually understand it here. Although I have to say, Kors’ “cowgirl” clearly rides English-style!

  • bethannstamps

    adore that first red coat, no surprise. not fond of those drippy hems

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396777506 Christin Pardy-Nosenchuk

    2nd row from the bottom.  The 2 dresses on the right, the one in the middle, the collar is very Josh.  Coinkydink?

    • Anonymous

      i noticed that too! and the one next to it.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, I also thought they both looked like Josh.  The second one maybe even like April Johnson.

    • Anonymous

      I hadn’t read any responses before posting–I see several of us are feeling the Joshy-ness of those looks!

  • Victoria Sharoyan

    I’m actually feeling the mullet hems here. Can’t wait to see those on the RC. And the long plaid skirt and plaid dress are to die for.

  • Anonymous

    I like most of the coats and that’s about it. A mullet hem is a mullet hem–I don’t care who’s doing it, they are hideous. And that leather jumper thing makes me think she’s about to go slaughter some livestock.

    • Anonymous

      It’s also what all the socialite serial killers will be wearing!

  • Cathy S

    I love the high-collared red coat and that black-checked dress in the fourth row. The mullet hems have to go though.

  • Kyle Crawford

     LAURA INGALLS WINS THE LOTTO !!!  so….. we have happily embraced the mullet hem ?  …. I am seeing A LOT of ” borrowing” here…… but the coats are off the charts.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not so much the mullet-ness of the hems as it is their stage-curtain-ness.  It’s like, “Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting, for your viewing pleasure, my LEGS!” 

    • Anonymous

      In my head, I’m reciting that line in the Duchess’s nasal and most sarcastic voice.  You know–the one he uses to trash designers on TV?  And now I’m doing his misery groan:  OHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

      PR has ruined this guy.  I can never take him seriously any more. And this collection isn’t helping.

  • Anonymous

    Yuck on the mullet hems. The dresses are too minimalist on the top for those kind of hems. I like the plaid outfits, those look fabulous. Not a fan of the cowgirl looks here though. It’s too much in your face for me.

  • Marie Drucker

    Pre-fall is what season for the rest of us? Summer? September? A few of the dresses look summery. But some look, well, like actual fall (or even winter).

    • Anonymous

      I so agree what is pre-fall……
      5th row last outfit, hat, high colored shirt,long coat, super long pants with open toed sandals.
      I’m confused. It is snowing in Colorado today. So should it be at lest pre-winter ?

      cheers,  parsnip

    • Anonymous

      I think the fashion seasons work like so:
      Spring means Spring, Resort means Summer, Pre-Fall means Fall, and Fall means Winter

  • Anonymous

    Can’t say that I like it, even the red coat that the communitariat is raving about — meh. The mullet hem is beyond stupid. Fail.

  • Rhonda Hanson

    i looks like there is influence from chris march’s human hair collection, hmmm…

  • Anonymous

    Those coats are to die for.  I covet them.

    • Anonymous

      agreed. Best and really, only great part of this collection. The rest of off-putting (mullet hems), ordinary (the skirts, dresses, tops), or str-ange (Yeti-wear). But the Duchess has some mighty nice coats here.

  • Anonymous

    I can already see the apoplectic attacks the fuggirls are going to have when those horrid mullet skirts inevitably hit the red carpet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emily-Smith/12431153 Emily Smith

    I am an ACTUAL equestrian.  Does this mean I can just wear my riding boots (assuming I clean them..), the black leather kind that come up to my knees with a pair of riding pants that have the exact same silhouette except I actually ride in them, out now?  They probably about cost the same (typical high end riding pants are $200) except they are actual functional riding pants.  This style trend blows our minds, because we are sure if we wore these items out people would look at us like we are nuts yet there are on high fashion runways.  Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!  (end rant)

  • Anonymous

    I will take the leather jumper, the long plaid skirt, the big-ass belt, and the tiered leather skirt just for fun. This is a really cool collection. If anyone has an aesthetic it’s Michael Kors, and it’s fun to see something as iconic as westernwear filtered through that lens.

  • Annie Leung

    I’ll take the full plaid skirt in the 5th row and what looks like a plaid shirtdress in the first row. I just really like plaid.

  • Addicted2Glamour

    A lot of this reads, to me, as costume-y, but the red coat in the main picture is **squeals** FAB-ulous.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take all of the coats to go, please. 

  • Anonymous

    The mullet skirts are totally hiddy, and I can’t wait to see someone wear the overall-leather-apron dress to the next CMAs – I will pee in my pants laughing. The poor girl in pic #2 looks like she got attacked by an eskimo monster. I’ll take a pass on this one!

    • Kyle Crawford

      the leather overall/apron is for the chicest butcher on the block!

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      I just don’t understand outfit #2. It’s a warm vest, up to her chin, but SLEEVELESS! With shorts! Who is this girl and where is she going?

  • Anonymous

    I’m just going to go back to Russian Seasons and pretend I didn’t see this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Not my aesthetic, but I do think overall not too bad.  Aside from the mullet skirts, they are bad. Very bad.

  • Anonymous

    gimme gimme gimme that first red coat.

    I wanna cosplay as Vash the Stampede

    • Anonymous

      LMAO you get your  interstellar cowgirl on!

  • Anonymous

    i know i’ll like something eventually when i hate it now. my sister once whined about skinny jeans, years ago, and my mother bellowed ‘you’ll be wearin’ ’em within a year!!’ how right she was. basically, mefears i’m coming around to mullet skirts…. : / (another one of these is the whole button-your-shirt-all-the-way-up. i’m falling for it.)

    • Anonymous

      I did the whole button your shirt  to the top (with a brooch for good measure!) in the 80s and can admit that skinny jeans can sometime look good, but mullet hems will  always be stupid and fug.

  • Erica Niemiec

    That grey coat in row 8 is gorgeous. I love the white, too, but I need a little practicality even when I’m daydreaming. And I dig the plaid.

  • Anonymous

    Third row from the bottom, coat on the left.  Wonderful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jill.m.woods Jill Woods

    I am in love with the white dress on the second row.  With that being said, I am not very impressed with this collection. I felt horrible just typing that last sentence, I am usually in love with Michael Kors.

  • Anonymous

    As a lot of people have said, these aren’t really my style but they’re very cool and would work on a variety of women

  • Julie Fountain

    I am so over the asymmetrical hems. But the coats are fabulous!

  • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo Vickie Lord

    5th row center and down, WANT!!!!

  • Anonymous

    The coats ARE fab!  And if I had my 20 yr. old body, I’d rock the hell out of those belts.  And that Sam Browne telegram style bag? LURV it.

  • Anonymous

    So we have Swiffers in rows 1 and 5 and a diener in row 2. And isn’t “New York socialite cowgirl” kind of the definition of kitsch?

    The two grey coats are lovely.  Otherwise, feh.  Not a fan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508965562 Amanda Choo Quan

    wow! sharp. and dare I say…edgy?

  • Anonymous

    Is it just me, or is the plaid idea “borrowed” from Mondo?

  • Anonymous

    I want to wear that white coat dress so badly it is kind of breaking my brain.

  • http://twitter.com/obscureobjects David Calder

    Middle of the second to last row… all I see is PR Joshua. Middle of the fifth row… all I see is an Olsen twin having a sad.

  • Anonymous

    Like most of the coats. The rest doesn’t appeal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1474713106 Katy Morris McDermott

    Did anyone else look at the middle dress in the 2nd row and think “leather butcher’s apron”? Just me? Okay…

  • mrspeel2

    While I really like quite a few of his pieces, I’m perplexed about what defines the collection as cowgirl-esque? If he omitted the cowboy hats and boots that some of them are sporting, I never would have guessed that was the theme he was pursuing.

  • http://aintbaroque.com/ Ain’t Baroque

    I will take the first red coat, the first gray coat, and the gigantic plaid skirt. Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Definitely loving the prairie skirt.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not a bad collection, but it’s Pre Fall 2012?  Does that mean these are clothes to be worn a year from now? 

    It makes all judgements on PR about whether or not a design is “on trend” even more silly.  How can you talk about what the “trend” is when designers are creating collections whenever they feel like it for seasons far in the future.  (I’m not defending the adherence to “trends,” I’m saying that the whole term is becoming anachronistic….)

  • M Carlson

    I refuse to allow the duster coats to come back. Be gone, late 80s-early 90s artifact!

  • Anonymous

    Some of the coats are lovely, but wish he’d have nixed the mullet hems.

  • Anonymous

    Ha ha.

  • Anonymous

    I like the simple white coatdress.

    And if I wanted an off-kilter crooked buffalo plaid dress, I can make my own.

    You’d be laughed out of the Stock Show, coming to Denver every January for over 100 years. Especially in the mullets.

  • Anonymous

    Mullet dresses aside this is quite a handsome collection.  But what is it with mullet dresses?  Someone kill them now.  They…are…awful.

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  • Anonymous

    Nope. Hate everything here. And while many here have an irrational hatred of a particular actress…I have a very rational hatred of cowboy hats.

    • Lisa

      Yeah, I”m not loving this collection over all either.  Very severe – it has no soft elements to it to counter-balance the severity.

  • Anonymous

    Nope. Hate everything here. And while many here have an irrational hatred of a particular actress…I have a very rational hatred of cowboy hats.

  • foodycat

    Is Ann Bonfoey Taylor the one who used to wear civil war coats as ski gear? If so, this is a very nice nod to her with those military jackets.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FWGSZOZ4BFFKLCO44P7CUW3QOA Ellen

      She did.  The Phoenix Art Museum had a collection of pieces from her wardrobe on display last year, and I went three times because I loved it so much.  I’m having a hard time judging this collection on its own merits because it doesn’t have anything like the pieces I would most want from Ann Bonfoey Taylor’s wardrobe.

      In edition to being an equestrian (English, as someone noted earlier, not western) and a skier, she was a flight instructor in WWII and a fashion model.  She carefully selected pieces from the most talented designers of her day to build a collection with pieces that could be worn over and over.  Everything was beautiful, classic, and perfectly suited to her body and personality.  

      • foodycat

        I read a piece in Vanity Fair about her recently – must have been a companion piece to the exhibition you saw – and she sounded amazing. Equestrian, aviatrice and utterly awesome woman.

  • MilaXX

    Eh, it’s okay, but I’m not completely in love with this collection. I do adore that first red coat, the black coat in the 8th row and the cross body bags, but the mullet dresses need to die and I hate that red dress with the strap across the clavicle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1355527007 Rain Jezek

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mNB_VG_shcThis is how I felt about the hat in the first picture.

  • oohsparkley!

    I like the collection.  It looks like “normal” people can wear most of them. I’d wear several of them. Not the mullet hems – I don’t need to get that dressed up.  I’m starting to get used to the look and like some mullet skirts.  There is only so much you can do with a hemline.  If they want to be edgy now, they’ll have to do a reverse mullet – short in the back and long in the front! Now that would look seriously cracked out.

  • Anonymous

    Not digging the mullet hems, but thered dress in the middle of the 6th row is just my speed. You know, if I lost 40 lbs. and won the lottery.

  • http://twitter.com/predecessors Rina

    the look in the first photo reminds me of the guy with the monkey from the fall: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_vPdRv2IKG9w/Sv3gEt4YvhI/AAAAAAAAAFc/NXBw8DRsbl8/s640/the_fall_movie_image__1_.jpg

  • Anonymous

    Say what you want about the Great Pumpkin, but damn the man knows how to make great clothes.   

  • http://www.facebook.com/janet.selman Janet Selman

    Love love love the coats, but can always do without the mullet silhouette.

  • Anonymous

    I love to mix black/white prints in my quilts, so no surprise that I’m very drawn to his prints of that ilk here.  Not something I would think of from him, and I like them.

    The coats, of course, are wonderful.  And I’m surprised to say I like the really full red mullet skirt–I think the way it drapes is what appeals to me.

    And dare I say I detect a little bit of Josh in the far right look on the next-to-last row?

  • Anonymous

    Forgot to say–I went elsewhere to see larger pictures, and that suit on the right of the 5th row is a pretty fabulous pinstripe–black on grey instead of the usual (opposite) combination.

  • Anonymous

    I laughed out loud at the ridiculousness of most of these clothes!!! And he had the audacity to call Chris March “costume-y’!!! He does have saloon skirts and ludicrous dresses. I do not get this at all. And I despise the fur. Shame on him.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6RS6NLL44AED3E4QWIYTDQGU6I Psy_Chick

    Am I the only person who looked at this collection and thought “steampunk”? Not every look, but there’s hints in there. I like it.

  • Anonymous

    Judging from the lack of diversity of the models, I guess women of color do not wear his clothes

    • Anonymous

      you are right.

      i’m trying to figure out whether it’s just the same two or three models but i dont actually think it is, i just think they all look nearly identical. thats probably the point–that you see the clothes more as it’s so easy to ignore the models–but still. you most certainly have a point.

      other than the last four which are clearly representing the idea i must put something new & avant garde in this collection but i’m not quite sure how so i’ll stuff in something awful but unmissable in a semi-unusual form, i think it’s a pretty nice collection, one of his better over the last few years. other than that it’s fur i really like the b/w fur stuff &, of course & as ever, the coats. i woulda gone a little deeper turquoise but thats just me. i am also quite fond of the outfit thats turquoise w/ lace on the bottom under a coat thats next to one up & to the right of the stunning interpretation of a german ww2 officer’s coat on the left [at this late & shallow date this has become merely a style well, true but very weird].

  • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

    I kept thinking his concept was how the Amish would dress in the future.

  • Anonymous

    Right above the last red dress.  I can’t not see Josh.

  • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

    eh, not feeling the collection but damn, those last 3 dressed I WANT THEM NOW.

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  • Anonymous

    My feelings about this collection are really uneven. What I mean is, I don’t think the collection itself is uneven, but there are some pieces I love and some that I really, really don’t respond to. That said, I like this collection overall better than any of his I can remember (his high society schtick is really just not me).

    I really dig that leather pinafore. Does it look like a blacksmith’s apron? Yes. Am I in favor of ladies running around looking like badass minimalist blacksmiths? YES.

    (PS if they could be ladies with short dark hair and a couple piercings and/or tattoos, that would be a bonus.)

  • http://twitter.com/anacedillo Ana Cedillo

    i love all the long/short flowy skirts so much. the mullet dress kind

    • Anonymous

      A twist on the joke, “Business in the front, party in the back!”

  • Martha Anderson

    love the coat, particularly the rif on the Duster in row 5.

    the featured garb is not out of the west, it is strictly from the east,  Pinke coat, buff pant and black tall boots with a contrating collar and black hat

    that is master of foxhounds attire my friends

    • Lattis

      You know, when I saw that red coat with the enormous fur collar in the smaller picture, I thought 70’s pimp attire. 

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Kors: where is that girl going with her mullet dress trailing behind her?

  • Anonymous

    I’m totally coveting that first coat. 

  • Anonymous

    its so weird to see PR elements in his collections.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VA5XLSF3QRELSC3MUFSXLP4EIE rebecca

    I love, love those big fat belts!

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

    The dresses with the yokes, 9th row?  Very close to what Joshua showed in his finale collection, no?  Also, the leather apron dress in the second row makes her look like a hip butcher.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tatiana.lensky Veronika Kaufmann

    the coats are mostly all nice along with the black/white shaggy skirt. The rest has a Northern Exposure twitch going. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KF7DXCDVHVJXVRBFHOF5IZ5LYA Kay

    His collection looks like a poorly dressed Texan.  It’s worse than some of the stuff the east coast trust funders or tourists wear in Santa Fe or Taos.  The long plaid skirt is definitely what lots of east coast transplants wear trying to be artistic or western  in Santa Fe, or Taos.  He should stick to Project Runway.

  • Anonymous

    I went to the Ann Bonfoey Taylor fashion exhibit recently.  If she were alive, she’d kick his ass.  I don’t recall seeing cowboy hats anywhere in the exhibit.  Amazing ski clothes, coats, boots and hats, yes.  Cowboy hats, no.   I’m just mad at the Duchess for his part in standing around for the slow death of Project Runway this past season.  Screw him – um – except for the coat with the criss-cross front thingie.  I’ll take that, thank you.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dwight.lake Dwight Lake

    I love the plaid dress and the criss-cross coat. The splatter print is nice but reminds me of Viktor. Glad i’m not the only one who instantly saw the Josh harnesses. Also. DIE mullet dresses, DIE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=696511282 Cathleen Langeler Francis

    I’m lost.  I hate this pre-fall collection…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=696511282 Cathleen Langeler Francis

    Sisterwives and Yeti