Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2013 Collection

Posted on December 07, 2012

Taking his inspiration from “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’s” Maggie, Michael Kors went off on a sexy, sugar-and-spice ’50s tangent for his pre-fall 2013 collection, offering up pretty, retro-inspired prints and silhouettes with a cool, edgy vibe to them, in a range of materials from lace to leather. Southern belle, bobby-soxer, rock-and-roll chick, and Hitchcock femme are all here, full of attitude and color, with a modern twist that takes everything away from looking like a costume.


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  • Sobaika

    Maybe it’s the blonde model or some of the collection’s reference points, but I’m seeing a lot of Betty Draper!

    • EEKstl

      Yes, that one model is the spitting image of JJ.

      • My thoughts exactly, also, the eyewear is reminiscent of Betty’s “gardening & pigeon hunting” sunglasses 😉

    • JasmineAM

      This is exactly the first thing I thought of.

    • charlotte


  • A. W.

    I would have pinned this collection on Marc Jacobs, not the dutchess! I don’t think I would wear any of it other than the black gown on the bottom-most left… the rest strikes me as a little dowdy.

    • I was thinking the exact same thing! 

    • boweryboy

      Really?  Leather capris and a mohair sweater dowdy?

      Although, I’m a bit biased because I love current fashion inspired by the ’50s and ’60s.

      • barbarienne

         I think I find the 50s/60s inspired stuff a little dowdy because I think of it as what my mother wore.

      • Rachel Council

        “Leather capris and a mohair sweater dowdy?”

        Well… yeah.

  • Print Capris – hiddy

  • Third row, first look. Hands-down my favorite look. I want to wear that NOW!

    • EEKstl

      I love that too, plus third row, third look.  That watermelon lace dress is bitchin’!

    • boweryboy

      Mine too!  I’m a guy, but I so want to rock my inner Sandy Olsen in that outfit.

  • I’ll have one of everything except the leather clamdiggers.

  • Judy_J

    I love this collection.  I’d wear it all if I could.

  • spooki C

    Are we sure this isn’t Marc Jacobs? Can’t stand the hair, really distracting. Noting really “wow” but it’s mostly nice. The industrial zipper on the front of that leather pencil skirt is killing me though… Eyes right to the crotch!

  • hughman

    Apparently the “Cat’s” tail just got woven into their hair. 

  • Well that’s certainly a mixed bag.  Surprisingly I love the pink suit, the black dress and wrap, and especially the black dress with the asymmetrical collar; but the floral patterns hurt my feelings. 

    Being of a certain age I wonder if they’re not too costume-y for me?

    ETA: Need those gloves. NEED!

  • Only in Kors’ world do you need a damn fur for ‘pre-fall’.

  • Robin Krug

    Love this collection, but isn’t this the guy who used to slam Laura Bennett for some remarkably similar looks (black lace, retro/classic, tailored eye-catching details)? Turns out that Laura was just 7-ish years ahead of her time.

  • guest2visits

    Some pretty things, and some that look very Barbie doll.  The model’s plastic poses with look alike hair, glasses and stance help
    create the ‘doll’ on the shelf look.  I dislike most of the prints; but I especially like the pink fur stole outfit, 3rd row. The first
    model with the peplum in the 7th row.  And I like the idea of elegant cropped pants, although thats not really a new idea.

    • Very Barbie doll-like. Growing up in the sixties, I think I may even have dressed my Barbie in outfits very much like these, made from scraps that I found in my mother’s sewing box. 

  • MilaXX

    After last night’s episode of Scandal, I will never be able to look at a Kors dress the same way again

  • kimmeister

    Some great pieces, some less o.  Love the shades. The off-the-shoulder tops are unflattering and awkward.  That final dress is a head-scratcher.

    • Kate4queen

      you took the words right out of my mouth. 🙂

  • If Michael would like to send me this collection, I would be glad to wear it. Especially the first look, the trench, and the pink suit. Love it.

  • joything

    Wow, with all the weight I’m ditching, I find myself actually thinking these are wearable and flattering for me.  The NerdGerl in Row 7, Left hand – hilarious!  Mine, all the way – except the pants would have to be longer.

  • Some of these are nice (e.g. 1st row, 2nd look; 3rd row, 1st look; and 3rd-to-last row, 3rd look), but the color palette is killing me.
    I mean, hot pink? MUSTARD? I’m sorry, but this looks really passé. And matronly! Where is the youthful, classic sportswear energy?

  • I don’t mind most of the clothes, but the styling really leaves something to be desired!  That one lank strand of hair, the atrocious fake (?) fur stole … plus, nearly everything in the black and red flowered fabric is so boxy, and that baby poo green is a color very few women can wear (and perhaps even fewer WANT to wear it!)

  • bertkeeter

    First look, floral skirt, Raf Simon’s for DIOR! Right?

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      I totally got Dior from that. I’d save my pennies for the skirt but that sweater is straight-up bargain bin material.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    slutty sorority disco dowagers of marshall’s!

  • ankali

    Love the way the tweed and leather are deployed in this collection. And the bottom row 1st look is gorgeous — are those separates, or is it a gown? Either way, it reminds me of Lena Headey’s Emmy dress last year. God, I loved that look.

  • PrunellaV

    How nice of Kors to take pity on January Jones and make her a whole wardrobe!

    • January Jones is flawless, how dare you.

  • Trisha26

    I’m seeing Betty Draper-Francis in a lot of these…

  • SewingSiren

    I see more Stella Dallas than Maggie the Cat.

  • So rad. I’ll take one of each in a size 6, plz.

  • PeggyOC

    Love the collection, but the decision to style the models like depressed statues is somewhat questionable.

  • formerlyAnon

    An odd mix of Barbie, strangely dowdy, and quite nice.

  • quiltrx

    I hope that type of top in the very first look is making a comeback…we strong-shouldered girls can rock the shit out of those!

  • Oh i just love it. I’d wear it.

  • OhSayNow

    I can’t get past the fact that the direction given to the models appears to be, “waiting in line at the DMV.”

  • frederieke

    “Pre-fall” ? I’m pretty sure that is known as WINTER. Silly fashion people.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Winter would be Post-Fall, no?  Pre-Fall = late Summer.

      • frederieke

        Derp…yes…yes indeed it would…I think I was confused by all the fur and warm coats…

    • Indovina

      I believe the fashion seasons work thusly: there’s Spring, which means Spring, Resort, which means Summer, Pre-Fall, which means Fall, and Fall, which means Winter.

  • How long before we see Shelley O in the black gown? When is the next State dinner?

  • Lovely.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    While i quite like the unusual shape of the long black skirt in the bottom row, the flowered incarnation makes the model look like a Xmas tree topper….

  • Loola234

    I see no white lace slipdress – how can it be inspired by Cat On A Hot Tin Roof??

    • MRC210

      Well, a couple of the pieces do seem to be inspired by sister-in-law Mae’s maternity dresses ….

  • What’s with the short pants?  Are those EVER going away?

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I like this collection and could see myself in a few of these pieces. But I would never criss-cross two layers of faux fur over my belly.

    • MRC210

      Or wrap a belt around two layers of faux fur at that.  According to my late ex-MIL, the proper way to wear a stole was to gracefully shrug it off at the first opportunity and drape it over the back of one’s chair so that the furrier’s label could be seen.  Fumbling to unbuckle a belt would have screwed up the gracefully shrugging it off part.

  • Dhammadina

    The off the shoulder looks like the boobs are melting down the sides of her arms. Could anything be less flattering? 

  • I don’ t know what it is, but something always feels off about MK’s clothes and I just don’t like them.

  • I’ll take one of everything please. Thanks!

  • Joanie Hunt

    I don’t much care for the sad boobs on the off-the-shoulder sweater/shirt. Otherwise, I kind of like it all, except the last dress, which is bringing sad torso to the table.

  • crash1212

    Wow. Those are some pretty great looks. Only one I hate is the very last gown…WTF? My total absolute faves…second row center and right. LOVE! Remind me of my mom.

    • Belt the last gown and tear the sleeves off and then, maybe. Maybe. 

  • Now these are looks that sooooo many different figures can wear and seriously look great.  Even us really busty girls.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I’m thinking Cristina Hendricks.

      • And January Jones. Obviously. The blode model is practically her twin.

  • Indovina

    Given that I hate (with the burning heat of a thousand suns) the era upon which this collection is based, it would be surprising and confusing for me if I liked it. Happily, I do not.

    As they used to say on the internets: do not want.

    • Really? You hate the whole 1960s era? Why? Just curious. It’s one of my favorites. (I feel the way you do about the 70s. I had to wear the clothes in high school and have absolutely zero nostalgia for them.)

      • Indovina

        You may regret asking.

        I don’t hate the whole 60s: I am uncomfortably fond of Mod fashions (though I wholly and completely understand why many people aren’t, since they are flattering only on a very narrow part of the population – and that both is and is not a pun).

        I do, however, hate the late-50s-though-early-60s era in fashion. For a variety of reasons.

        Partly, my dislike is personal association: the whole retro-, “vintage” trend, of which (with the 40s) that era is a major focus, is popular with a particular segment of the hipster population who make me particularly sad. Quirky vintage girl is quirky vintage girl because she doesn’t know who she is – and adopting that persona is an easy shortcut, at least for a while. So, on that level, it has negative associations for me.

        Partly, my dislike is political – which is probably a sad-to-horrifying admission for many who would prefer to appreciate fashion in itself (which it can be, on a personal level, with varying degrees of burying your head in the sand). Fashions are products of the cultures which made them – and appropriating design ideals as vintage trends does not, and cannot, neatly divorce them from the context which gave birth to them. It might seem like a harmless little thing, but there are no big things, only aggregates of little things. Intentionally or not, “ironically” or not, as a social act, vintage clothing and inspirations contain within them the ideal of womanhood and society that created them (I note several people have commented on the Barbie-ness of much of this collection). And given that a significant percentage of the population thinks society was genuinely better then, and likewise given that people’s actions and choices can be used in ways they never intended – this does not comfort me. Especially as I already fear for the future. For those reasons, any pre-Civil Rights Era cultural nostalgia makes me extremely uneasy.

        Mostly, though, I just think clothes of that era are ugly. I think the cuts are unattractive, that the colors are frequently garish or at least unappealing, and that they tend to be stiff, heavy, and uncomfortable looking.

  • DCSheehan

    Am I imagining it or are the models all slouching? Love, love, love the clothes but the way the models are standing makes them look limp. Or maybe I’m drunk.

    • You might be drunk, and if so, good for you, but I had a similar thought. They’re standing like Gumby, dammit. Or maybe paper dolls. That’s it! They’re supposed to look like paper dolls, which were probably at peak popularity in the 60s.

  • I <3 this collection.  If only I was a size 2.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love the necklines. 

  • mmc2315

    Thumbs up on the retro vibe to these clothes.

    Thumbs down on that pukey greenish yellow brownish color that reminds me of baby poop.  Blech.

  • I’m really really loving this! A couple of sour notes, (keep the cigarette length pants, lose the capris) but overall, pretty effin’ fabulous

  • briecee

    Yup.  Must be Kors, because I hate every inch of it.

  • ccm800

    I wish Amy Winehouse had survived…got better and then rocked the shit out of every single look here.  And made a million more recordings as well.