Michael Kors Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on February 20, 2012

At his heart, Michael Kors is a classic, old-time showman and it’s never more evident than when he’s mounting a runway show. The vibe in the tent is intensely high-energy beforehand, as celebrity after celebrity files in and takes their seats, to the lightning-storm flashes of hundreds of cameras. The show always starts closer to “on time” than any other show of the week (because famously, NO ONE starts on time during Fashion Week); 65 looks are briskly walked out, several at a time (there were never less than 6 looks on the runway at once), the whole thing’s over in 12 minutes and the master himself takes a full walk around the length of the runway, basking in the glow like the rockstar he is. After that, it almost doesn’t matter what the collection looks like, but he’s too much of a star not to send down something beautiful and exciting. The theme was clearly outdoorsy, but instead of last season’s safari vibe, there was much more of a “camping with all your glamorous wealthy friends” feel here. Lorenzo, ever the sucker for a man in plaid, practically whimpered throughout the show. It’s not hard to guess which pieces we’re fantasy-shopping for.

And as per usual, he ended the show with a gaggle of gorgeously soignée gowns, practically begging for an Oscar nominee to come and fill them. A fun show full of fun clothes, which also manages the trick of being chic at the same time; the classic Kors formula.


[Photo Credit: GoRunway]

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  • Kyle Crawford

    SUPER DUPER LOVE EVERYTHING.. but granny panties and boots w/ turtle necks is STUPID.

    • drdirection

      seriously.  just think how bad he would blast someone on the show for that look. 

      • NC_Meg

        “Boots and hotpants? It’s like a disco eskimo!” (I might be rusty, I haven’t watched since Mondo.)

        • AthenaJ

          Candie’s meets Genghis Kahn?

          • miwome

             Ghengis Barbie. Apocalyptic snow bunny. Studio 54 inside an igloo. Dr. Zhivugly.

        • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

          LOL you are absolutely correct!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Did MK secretly lock Gretchen in his workroom to whip up those horrible panties?

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      And I should know.  I’d never wear my BigWhiteGrannyPanties with booties.  Never.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Why are half the evening dresses showing skin right at crotch level?

    • serenitynow02

      We can only hope that’s all we are seeing.

      • AthenaJ

        Stupid me went back for a second look… now I cannot unsee what I think I saw…

    • funkypeanut

      They’re unfortunately designed to (1) make her hips look really wide and (2) show off the good china at the same time. Michael, you’re only allowed the crack pipe when you’re judging PR, not when you’re designing. The silver one isn’t much better, though, because it emphasises the stomach.

      On the other hand, Helen Mirren needs that red gown.

  • granddelusion

    What is with the granny panties. Not only are they ugly to begin with, they look mighty cold for fall!

    • Dear designers-stop trying to make granny panties happen.

      • Lori

        Word. If I never see another pair of granny panties either instead of pants or under a see-through skirt it will be too soon.

  • Zippypie

    Plaid and tweed – my two favorites!  In heaven except for the vile fur.  This collection would have been perfect without the draped carcasses.  And I love the 20s/30s vibe on the final dresses and gowns. The Duchess knows his shit.

    • jessieroset

      Agreed!  I love so much of this collection.  Even the granny panties look like luxurious loungewear (if only I had nothing to do but lounge).  But the real fur is just gross.  It does make a lot of the looks though, if only it were faux…

      The last three gowns are classically beautiful.  I can see Audreybot, Angie, and Kate Winslet in #1,2, and 3.   

    • drdirection

      The amount of fur in this show is truly repulsive.

    • Cathy S

       I agree completely. Plaids and tweeds are fantastic, the 20s vibe is great, and the fur is gross.

  • Am I the only one really confused by turtlenecks with granny panties?  It seems like something the Orange One would call out for tackiness on PR, yet does in his show.

    On the other hand, I want those plaid coats for my husband.  🙂  Divine!

    • Ms_Flyover

      Problem is that I’d buy them for my husband and then borrow them so much he’d never get to wear them.  (Other negative comments I made aside, the men’s coats are gorgeous.)

    • CozyCat

      Re the tweed granny panties:  “who is this girl and where is she going?”

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        And my answer would be:  “I don’t want to know”(delicately shuddering)

  • lalahartma

    Eww. 🙂 

  • Ms_Flyover

    I’ve always wanted a turtleneck attached to a knit diaper.  My fashion quest is now over.

    • poggi

      Hah!  Actually, you’re right.  That has to be the most poorly thought out garment ever.  Not only do you have to take all your clothes off to use the restroom, but you also have to mess your hair up. 

      • alyce1213

        They’re separates, actually.  But even so . . .  the stupidest idea ever.

        • poggi

           Darn it.  It was kind of funny thinking about an outfit with a deadline.  Sort of modern Cinderella–your clothes and coach don’t turn back into rags and a pumpkin at midnight but you do have to be home and undressed by 2 am so you can pee.

  • Ms_Flyover

    And while I’m feeling cranky – aren’t the 20’s inspired dresses a day late and a dollar short? Weren’t they very last year’s runways?

    • Lori

      Considering that Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby doesn’t come out until December I suspect we’ve got a way to go on the 20s looks. 

      •  How did I not know Baz Luhrmann was remaking Gatsby! Now I’m excited.

      •  How did I not know Baz Luhrmann was remaking Gatsby! Now I’m excited.

  • namina3

    So much fur…. :/

    • namina3

       And boy are most of those shoes ugly.

  • rainwood1

    The Duchess definitely got his plaid on this season.  Most of the runway looks have too much going on, but will be easily adapted for the actual clothes.    

  • MilaXX

    Not a fan of red/black color combos, but I like the plaids in the gray tones and tan/brown shades. Love all the gowns especially the flapper like ones and the silver gown.

  • AuntieAnonny

    Sorry guys, I love the fur.

    • anotherkate

      Me too. I eat meat and wear leather, so remind me why fur is worse again? (no, don’t. Seriously. I will agree to disagree with you).

      •  Me three. I thought it was all quite tastefully done.

      • AthenaJ

        I think the big issue with fur is the inhumane treatment of animals (i.e. several cases of animals being skinned alive, etc…) Of course, conditions for factory-farmed animals for food and leather isn’t much better either 🙁

        You did ask!

    • I’d love to drape myself in a few of those furs.  Of course I’d be feeling myself up all day if I did…

  • The gray plaid coat with the Sam Brown belt. Me WANT.

    • Stubenville

      She’s going out to buy the Braying Tangerine more crack.

      •  “Braying Tangerine”  I am DYING here.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I seriously love that coat-sigh.

  • Is he kidding with that wide plaid?

  • mjude

    loved the greys & of the course the gowns.

  • gdougs

    definitely going to bring some of these outfits on my next camping trip.

  • Kate4queen

    So wearable!

  • Some gorgeous pieces. Hate the fur, though.

  • Penultimate row – DA, DA!

  • Daenyx

    To quote Kors on PR (regarding those fugly granny-panties) – WHAT woman would WEAR those?  (fuzzy granny-panties with fur boots and a turtleneck?  SERIOUSLY? I know fashion isn’t meant to be practical, but that’s just so far into ridiculous I can’t even.)  😛  Love the rest of it, though.  

  • SewingSiren

    Someone likes Downton Abbey.

    • serenitynow02

      I thought the same thing….

    • donnaINseattle

      Next PR challenge – take a drama tv show covered by TLo and put your own twist on the fashion – Mad Men, Downton, Walking Dead, Revenge, Glee, Pan Am (BTW guys, you should cover Hell On Wheels too) . . . sorry, can’t remember the others . . .

  • dress_up_doll

    This collection is very different from past ones. Loving the fresh take on luxe wear for women. Also love the mixed patterns and textures. And not an ounce of disco!

  • DeborahLipp

    Sweater rompers? SWEATER ROMPERS? Oh, Duchess, no.

  • Snailstsichr

    I love all the men’s clothing, but I want it all for ME! And, other than the granny panties, I’d cheerfully take one of everything shown for the women.

  • Pupioso

    I loved this collection better than last years. I thought the plaid look was terrific. The Poncho outfits were some of my favorites. Im not a big fan of large plaid and some of the mens designs were not my fav, but overall i thought this was a super collection. And you guys are right..Kors always puts on a show. You had to love it.  

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Don’t like the Gretchen Panties.

  • Stubenville

    Aaah yes; nothing says autumn like furry legwarmers and granny panties. 

  • Tell me I’m not seeing the good china displayed in the gold and black dresses in the second to last row.

  • Stubenville

    “That red gown; it looks totally MOTB!”

  • Gayer_Than_Thou

    Lots and lots of pretty clothes, and for once a collection in which the men’s clothes aren’t ridiculous.  My pick for best in show: Row 7, Pic 3.  There are bunch of other things in this collection I really like, but that one is interesting and different. 

  • Is it just me, or does the girl in the middle of 2nd to last row look slightly like Robert Pattinson? The looks are absolutely gorgeous, though.

  • NasserShaheen

    Those plaid red coats are mine! Yes, both avec and sans fur. And all the plaid pants. Yes, all of them!

  • portlandmermaid

    My, they are pink-cheeked! The lad in the plaid suit looks too wholesome to be a woodsman.
    Love the silver 20’s dress and the black and grey plaid dress. 

  • ThaliaMenninger

    The 20s stuff is nice, but I’m not feeling most of it. Some of the crotches, especially the plaid ones, are just plain weird.

  • BrightsideSusan

    Ponchos and panties?! 

    The brown group is the most elegant.

    •  I think Ponchos & Panties is the new name for my cover band.

  • I’m not usually a big fan of plaid in general, but these two plaids red/black and black/white, I like. And I love what he did with them here. I love combining them with that knit pattern. A few of these looks look very Duchess of Windsor and I’m wondering if there was any inspiration there.

    And I LOVE those Mary Janes! I’m wondering if those are those Michael Kors as well?


  • annieanne

    Based on those first three gowns, I’d say the Duchess has been watching Downton Abbey.

  • JenXer

    Finally!   An outfit for those days when you’re cold everywhere except your thighs and upper calves which are so hot you can’t stand to cover them with a stitch or clothing.  I can’t believe it’s taken this long to find a solution to this age old problem.

  • Laylalola

    The menswear is shockingly bad. The women’s I can see, though.

    • Linderella

      Funny, I had the exact opposite reaction.  (Maybe because I’m a man…?)  I thought most of the womenswear was silly, but would wear just about every item in the men’s line.  (Except the much-too-much-matchy-matchy ensemble in the top row, far right–egads!)

  • sleepycat

    hate everything except for the gowns at the end

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    stunning gowns, too much fur.
    too much big 5, too much a16.
    too paleo, too 60s going camping [for real].
    i dont know, i usually like his stuff better.
    the gowns seem very disjointed from the rest of it.

  • Markatha

    I love all of the plaids and would love to wear lots of the mens clothes. 
    But, Skinning animals for fashion is disgusting. 
    It only encourages others to abuse & murder animals to satisfy their selfish little egos.

    As a Zookeeper I’ve cared for & loved animals all my life and I’m well aware that animals still don’t matter to a large number of people.
    So I know I’m in the minority and often feel hopeless about changing people’s minds & about the way we treat the Earth & animals.
    I helped to raise two Sumatran Tiger Cubs this past fall. 
    There are only around 200 left in the world and people still think it’s okay to destroy their homes
    & kill then for their coats to make a rug.  Really!  Really?
    Come on designer people  & M.K. get a clue. 

    Breathe…..anyway I could never buy any of his pretty stuff because I’d only be nailing another nail.
    Sorry about the tangent, but too many of my close friends have natural fur coats and we want them to keep them.

    • You do realize that when you buy certain clothes you’re buying something that was made by people making maybe a $1 a day in deplorable conditions, sometimes by children? All so you can have a cute top? Really! Really? 

      Abuse is all in the eye of the beholder…

      • That’s a bit of a straw man don’t you think? Saying you don’t agree with fur is not the same as saying you do agree with abusing children in sweatshops.

        • I don’t believe so. The argument is something is being abused in order to receive an unnecessary product, and shouldn’t be abused in order for said product to be received. One deals with a type of clothing and one deals with cost of clothing. 

          Animals are being abused in order to receive a piece of fur. People are being abused in order to receive a cheap item of clothing. Are animals dying because of this? Yes, but people are suffering needlessly, too. It still ultimately comes down to abuse over something that isn’t required for daily living. 

  • Love the plaids, but can we declare the granny panties and the leather yokes on gowns to be OUT now?

  • Also, last row red dress: disco mother of the bride!

  • Also, last row red dress: disco mother of the bride!

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    Okay, the gloves on the male models in row 8, picture 1 and row 9 picture 3 are just silly.  Looks like the Attack Of The Lobster People From Mars or some such goofiness. 

    Let’s see ya chop wood in those mittens, big boy.

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    Okay, the gloves on the male models in row 8, picture 1 and row 9 picture 3 are just silly.  Looks like the Attack Of The Lobster People From Mars or some such goofiness. 

    Let’s see ya chop wood in those mittens, big boy.

  • filmcricket

    What is with all the Jamiroquai hats on the runways lately?

    ADORE that last black gown. Simple but sooo chic.

  • filmcricket

    What is with all the Jamiroquai hats on the runways lately?

    ADORE that last black gown. Simple but sooo chic.

  • Summer Capet

    The rosy cheeks are a cute touch

  • that silver gown? AUDREYBOT.

  • turtleemily

    This New Englander is trying to figure out when someone would wear knit granny panties with a turtleneck. Although with the non-winter we’ve been having, that might just work.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Ugh. Very Ralph Lauren, much of it.  I like the striped poncho but otherwise, geez, that’s a lot of plaid (sorry Lo) and tweed. 

  • That final men’s look with the brown plaid pants and the rubber boots and the sweater and the…OOOOH!!!

  • quiltrx

    LOVING the gowns!  All the black/white plaids are right up my alley, too.

    But I don’t think I’ll be wearing my granny panties and roadkill boots anytime soon.

  • Mary Pressler

    I’m not anti-fur in general (not really pro-fur either), but in this collection, it looks ridiculous!  I actually laughed as i scrolled down to those pics of that itty-bitty model drowning in a huge fur hat and coat of three pelts sewn together!  And those black gloves on the models look like the hands to a gorilla costume!

    There are some good looks here (esp the last six and most of the menswear) but this is not the Duchess’s best.

  • NCDFan

    The men’s plaid pants have an interesting appeal but the women’s pants are awful. Rows 1, 4,9, and 10 have some hideous, calf length, baggy saggy UGLY pants. And the granny panties are hideous. Love the men’s plaid coats and some of the women’s plaid things but too much fur!

  • ccm800

    Eff him for the fur use  – but MAN  i would love about every single piece there for the guys! 

  • Victoria Sharoyan

    Love this collection, especially the gowns. Would love to see Marion Cotillard rock that shorter black dress. The red gown’s strikingly similar to the green Versace Angelina Jolie wore though, no?

  • Judih1

    Love MOST of the clothes. Hate MOST of the women’s shoes.

  • Wow! I’ve always said I don’t like Kors’ designs, but after this and the previous collection (the western-inspired one?) I think I need to reconsider. Most of these looks are amazing! I’d have to see the heel on the shoes before committing to an opinion on them but I think that t-strap shoe might be my newest obsession. As long as that heel is chunky I will probably die forever over them.

  • sleah_in_norcal

    the outerwear is the only thing memorable here, and mainly the men’s coats.  in the the penultimate row, are those sheer cutout?
    playing peek-a-boo with your best tea cups.

  • miwome

    I very rarely straight-up dislike a collection–usually I can at least get into the spirit of it, even if it isn’t my thing. But this? This, I really do not like. (There are one or two things here or there that are fine, but 98% of it makes me want to look away.)

  • jjfg

    Hmmm, I was wondering why anyone might be moved to swoon over plaid…. now I know! Love it – except the granny panties.

  • nancylee61

    I really like these clothes, but if the fur is real, and I am sure it is, he is a real douche. That’s all I have to say.

  • Love the commentary from the Kittens today!  Agree with the general take on the good and bad.  So, I’ll just add that I love 3rd look, 2nd row and I’m not sure why because if I break it down into it’s elements I’d have a hard time defending arm warmers and leg warmers.  But, it looks warm and luxe and I just love it.

  • Ennovi_R

    Those clunky mary jane shoes the women are wearing look like something I wore in elementary school.

  • Also, spent the weekend watching the Survivorman marathon on science channel and now I have a crush on Les Stroud and I want to see him in the 3rd outfit, 9th row….

  • In_Stitches

    I don’t really love any of it, but it’s all styled impeccably and worn on some of the most exquisite hangers.  Seriously, Mr. Kors has a knack for finding the most beautiful models. 

    • In_Stitches

       Although a little diversity would certainly help!

  • Judy_J

    Oh, MK…you do make pretty, pretty clothes.

  • twocee

    I abhor fur with every fiber of my being.  That said, the gray/white fur coat IS absolutely gorgeous.

  • PhillipWilde

    The Duchess has done it again.  I want almost every men’s look.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I love those drop waist gowns.  LOVE.

  • Beth G

    I have loved plaid since I got my Fashion Plates in 1978 and one of the rubbing patterns was plaid.  Michael Kors you are my god.

  • SublimatedRage

    Must. Have. Plaid. Pants!  TLo, I bet you boys were beside yourselves with those!

  • DaringMiss

    OMG!!  Bias cut plaid skirts!  I swoon!

  • momato

    No matter what his color story, Kors uses white almost exclusively, doesn’t he?  Not for me.

  • Evan Rachel Wood, last gown on the right. Oui?

  • It’s probably just the color registration on my computer, but the red in the red/black group looks rather orange. Kors could call that color combination “black with flesh tones.”  

  • Pterodactyl111

    Ohhh I really like the long-sleeved dress at the end. 

  • kolokOlchik

    What’s up with granny panties paired with fur boots???

    Oh, those gowns!  WANT!

  • Beardslee

    Lovely – except, of course for the underpants which look even more ridiculous for cold weather wear.

  • DesertDweller79

    Oh, I want the grey/black plaid skirts.  I would adore the knee length one.

    Though, I would hate to support someone who uses that much fur.  As well as someone who pairs a turtleneck with granny panties and boots.