Michael Kors Fall 2013 Collection

Posted on February 18, 2013


With jolts of vivid color and streamlined shapes, Michael Kors offered his vision of the season: “Bright Lights, Fast City,” which he described as “urban athleticism meets uptown polish.” Kors is a master showman and a brilliant salesman, which means his runway shows are eye-popping, loud events and his collections are always highly cohesive and easy to grasp. He knows his customer AND his audience. Love the simple, almost-utilitarian qualities of the shapes paired with such bold and unforgettable colors and prints.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Valerie Jones

    Watch and learn, sad little reality show moppets.  More “Runway,” less “Project.”

    • Haven’t seen the unconventional challenge yet, but can someone explain to me why those awful browns are so popular? Designs have been difficult to stomach except for the clear winners. The entries looked promising. Can’t blame Mondo and others on selection committee who selected this group. The team thing got to them.

  • afabulous50

    Love the men’s looks…the women’s – not so much.

  • JasmineAM

    I just can’t with the camo. Everything else is lovely. I’m from Alabama, and camo totally reads as hick. LOVE the houndstooth, though.

    • Vickiefantastico

      He lost me at the camo too. I’m from Kentucky, and yes, I immediately think redneck when I see it. Oddly enough, I don’t associate it with the military, isn’t that odd?

      • shopgirl716

        I’m from TX and I see camo and think hunters.  I would never, every think Michael Kors.

      • SerpentsDance

        Same here. I live actually fairly close to Ft. Knox and camo reads “hunter or redneck” to me before it reads “military”.

    • unpious

      Yeah, the houndstooth is lovely. The High-Falutin’ Camo is still camo.

    • I thought that way at first, they begin to grow on you,

    • kryten8

       I’m under the impression that fashion people are so out of the loop with normals that they think, “NOBODY wears camo any more, right? It’s OK to use ironically in a fashion show, but with prettier colors now?” It reads as hick to me, too. Although I guess maybe he could be trying to market coats to the military or deer hunters?

    • patitasdeplata

      Camo?? Really?? On the runway?? I’m from San Diego and Mexico City where I hardly run into hunters. I associate it with the military. 
      So no. It is prohibited. No camo. It is simply a butt ugly print. And why intentionally make reference to hunters and to the army?  I do not take design or fashion advice from that sort. And neither should Kors.  Ick!!!

    • DesertDweller79

       Camo, to me, alternates between military and redneck.  In either case, it is completely inappropriate on the runway. No, Michael Kors.  No.  But, I like the houndstooth a lot.

    • Seriously, I’m harassed by camo enough as it is here in NC. It needs to leave my safe space STAT.

  • The man does indeed know what he is doing.  He’s gonna sell the HELL out of this collection.  Lots of great pieces, most of which are easily adaptable to multiple uses.  Lots of great color. That yellow coat is a wow.
    He’s never going to be on my list of innovative designers, but he knows his customer base, and plays perfectly to them.

  • PaulRin

    The finale dress with Karlie Kloss is just not good. 

  • Are the skirts in the first row made of perforated leather? They are gorgeous, and a new proportion. 

  • schadenfreudelicious

    some of the pieces are lovely, but those final few dresses just remind me of Demi Moore’s bike shorts/mullet skirt Oscar getup disaster…

  • MilaXX

    Last look,first row? GIMME! I really like a lot of these. I’m not crazy about the camouflage looks on the 3rd row, but very nice collection

  • SophiaPehawkins

    ALWAYS say no to camo, especially furry camo.

    The collection is alright. It looks his stuff, nice but not breathtaking.

  • Zippypie

    I dislike the camouflage (it looks dated and done) and the skirt lengths are awkward, but that tweed pantsuit is fabulous.  I want.

    • Beardslee

       That tweed pantsuit is my favorite.  Hate camouflage unless a soldier is wearing it.

  • DinaSews

    I must be ahead of my time! See the yellow coat, 5th row on the right?  Made that coat for myself last year (with a houndstooth lining no less!).  Love, love, love the orange pieces.

  • kikisayshi

    I can totally see Heidi in the black and silver dress 4th up from the bottom. Also LOVE the suit just below that. If only I was the size of a model.

  • He is a bit Zipper happy, No?

  • black/blue dress – middle – 4th row.
    Why make women look hippier? As bad as the Gucci FrankenPuffy Sleeves in previous posting.

  • Sarah Thomas

    This is all tacky and awful.

  • shopgirl716

    Camo?  My 8 year old has a closet full of camo as well as camo bedding.  Michael Kors, wtf?

  • I love those clothes (maybe not so much on the camo) but I CAN’T with those sunglasses. They are entirely too Geordi La Forge for my taste.

  • ankali

    I love the grey tweed pants-suit, and nothing else. The looser shapes are unflattering– the models all look like they’re wearing clothes that are 2 sizes too big. I don’t like the shiny black zippers/piping, the camo stuff is absurd, and the mullet dresses at the end are bad. I normally like Kors, but I think this was a swing and a miss.

    I’m not great at looking at runway ensembles and visualizing how the individual pieces could be incorporated into a real person’s wardrobe, though.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I covet the giant houndstooth print jacket, and the gray low cut suit jacket.  Not crazy about the mullet skirts or the camo (though I do like the one long brown-toned camo coat), but it’s a sharp  looking collection, and he’s going to make serious money off of it.

    • carolynmo

      Completely agree. I am not digging the urban camo. I’m a little surprised at that from Kors.

    • Chickadeep

      Hate the camo & mullet dresses…but the tweed & houndstooth are good, & that cobalt/black combo is going to sell like crazy to the Gen X ladies (that color combo was my jam back in the day). Kors knows his audience & I agree, this collection’s a money maker.

  • gdougs

    Couldn’t tell whether it was a man or a woman in some pictures… not my favorite collection.

  • Jangle57

    It looks like early 60s utilitarian to me; so boxy with some of the pieces.  There’s a few pieces I like but mostly it’s kind of dowdy.

  • what the hell are those last 2/3 mini + manny dresses?

  • butterflysunita

    Always love seeing color.  That shade of blue is one of my favorites.  But why has the mullet skirt not died yet?  

  • Beth G

    Just not the camo…. please….

    • golden_valley

      I wanted to like this a million times over, but technology won’t let me.  Oh Michael, how could you?

  • AuntieAnonny

    Loving the giant coats.

  • I like much of this, but I just can’t abide by camouflage and mullet hems. 

  • The mullet dresses kind of make me twitch. As does the furled parachute attached to the dress of the girl in the middle of row four. 

    I like both the looks on either side of row ten, though.

  • joything

    Tweed pant suit — MINE.

  • lalahartma


  • The waffle texture skirts in the first row are yes. The rest is all a no. He took time off PR judging for this? I’d rather hear more about mother of the bride-X-disco clothing.

  • wawawah

    LOUD n TACKY! That mens look looks like Vanilla Ice! As MK would say…where’s he or she going? No clue! Thank god he can rely on selling to the masses with his endless assortment of liscences…cause this is one ugly collection!

  • wawawah

    And whats with the exsposed “zipper” detailng? Horrble and zero newness to any of the looks! 

  • l_c_ann

    Now your slim teenager can buy a Michael Kors coat and wear it when she’s fifty and 2x the weight she was as a teen. 
    Who’d a thunk he’d become a one size fits all kind of guy?

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    i can’t wait to go to Marshall’s.

  • conniemd

    I like the collection, hounds tooth jacket great, should have done more hounds tooth, less camoflauge, but really did not like the mullet dresses and skirts. I wish that look would go away.

  • I love a lot of the womenswear,  but the men’s looks reminded me in some sort of way the fashion of the early 90’s.

  • An orange trench? Well now we know what Kors was using to wipe off all his excess self tanner…

    I joke, but j’adore almost everything, especially the orange tench.

  • susan6

    The mullet dresses at the end look “chip, in a chip way”.  But the grey women’s outfits are great.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I love row 2 and row 10, but not a whole lot else.

  • alyce1213

    There are a couple of nice pieces, but overall I don’t like.  The mullet dresses, especially the one with the leather boob holders (as well as the leather peplum above it), are downright repulsive to my eyes. Trend whore.

  • ccm800

    Oh hell no. Hate the whole collection top to bottom 

  • Tatiana Luján

    Some of the looks are cool, some look very dated and some look plainly tacky.

  • editrixie

    Bleh. There’s virtually nothing here I like. (And it’s weird that some of the dresses have mullet hems — I can hear him screeching “She’s pooping fabric!”)

  • Pants_are_a_must

    The Duchess was feeling very Dior-y, wasn’t he.

  • spooki C

    This crap looks cheap as hell and very dated. Gross camo snuggies, even grosser rubbery looking camo outfits and trash bag mullet skirts.

  • Monabel


  • kategs

    Man, I am so over camo.  Even in those gorgeous cuts!

  • LMAO. Those sunglasses look like the ones given to patients after they’ve undergone cataract surgery. 

  • Stubenville

    Camouflage in kookie color combinations was fun and new when Stephen Sprouse did it… in 1987. 

    • kaycem

      so glad i saw this before i started typing lol!  i agree and the blue/black/white combo already had a resurgence, as well — i remember guys wearing it when i was in high school 20-ish (OMG) years ago.

  • Love the blue and the idea of bright colours but not so in love with yellow and orange, I would’ve preferred a primary red and a purplish hue. Silhouettes r sleek and clean. Hubby will like the Cammo. I like all of the prints. Not sure if the colour-block will translate successfully down to petites. Would be nice if someone gave some thought to us for a change. Overall, Fun for Fall!

  • Two types of camo, tweed, and houndstooth and something that looks like thermal bag material; nothing much new here.

  • guest2visits

    Elena!… with a bit of Dimitri at the end.  No?
    Those giant peplums with trains attached must never leave the RW.
    I do like the micro camo-print ensemble from top to bottom – 3rd look, 8th row.

  • I think it’s great that Kors gave Anthony Ryan a job so quickly after All-Stars wrapped. It’s really grea… Oh. Kors designed this? My bad.

  • jack mackenna

    I lurve the houndstooth jacket. Unfortunately some of the orange and yellow stuff reminds me of the safety jackets roadworkers wear.

  • YoungSally

    Was the princess even involved in this collection?  It ranges from meh to ugh.  Sorry, Michael, I usually love your stuff.

  • boweryboy

    Meh.  Upscale scuba safari  gear.  No thanks.

  • The houndstooth coat is FIERCE and  I love the blue dress in the second row. Bit eh on the camo and mullet dresses.

  • TSkot

    Mullett dresses and camouflage?  Yikes!

  • Goddamn mullet skirts. 

  • Wow, step away from the camo and the safety orange.

  • BrooklynBomber

    mostly terrible.

  • quiltrx

    Overall, I quite like it.  The fleece (or fleece-ish?) pieces look a little ‘crafty’ for me, but overall pretty good.  The left and right on third-from-the-bottom row are my favorites, and I love the black skirt on the first row and the cobalt/black houndstooth pieces.

  • mmc2315

    I was very disappointed when I saw this collection.

  • Anniebet

    I get the distinct impression that Mr. Kors likes men better than women. Why else design beautiful things for the guys and slightly hideous things for the gals. The dress on the right of the last column is barfable.

  • DeTrop

    7th row – Coat, I love.  For the rest, this is the worst collection MK has done imo.  I’d love to hear Nina Garcia on this.

  • Indigo54

    This is MK???  NO WAY?!  What the….?  

  • yybb

    4th row in the middle. What is that blue thing on skirt?

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    This is the most fugly collection I’ve seen in a while.  What the HELL is he doing with such overdone motifs like CAMO for chrissakes?  And the black shiny duct tape placed on various parts of primary colored clothing.  It’s like the 80’s have come back, in a bad bad way.  I just hate hate hate it.  BOO.

  • Barbie and Ken join the Matrix? But I kind of love it!

  • Hate it. I absolutley and unabashedly dislike this collection. It reads Elmer Fudds visiting City Cousins. 

  • libraangel

    Um, I don’t know how this gentleman gets to be a judge on PR when all he designs are simple silhouettes and color blocking a   la Anthony Ryan. He must be a good salesman, cause I hate the whole thing and he would really have to have a great sales pitch to make me buy any of this.

  • PinkLemon

    camo will never not look cheap.

  • No.

  • Cheryl Kohs

    Meh.  But I love the butternut squash colored pea coat.  

  • Everything looks super cheap. Not his best.

  • kaywyoming