Michael Kors Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on September 12, 2013

Michael Kors seems to have decided to take a stroll through the seventies this season. Without getting too literal about it (although there is a leisure suit or two to be found), there’s a little bit of that forties-inspired look that characterized part of the decade (think Bette Midler; Kors obviously did since she provided part of the soundtrack for the show), a sprinkling of disco, some chunky knitwear, a good bit of khaki, and lots of petite florals in green, brown and navy blue. We’re always fascinated when designers can return to a much-referenced inspiration and find ways to dig out their own take on it. There’s no cliche here, but there’s a lot of fresh-looking updates on vintage looks, all done in that impeccable Kors sportswear manner.

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

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    • understateddiva

      There are a lot of great things to revive about the seventies, but I don’t think the colors are one of them. We had tupperware in yellow, orange, green, and brown, and some of these colors are very similar.

      • Targettaste

        I’ve still got that Tupperware! But I don’t think these styles will last as long.

      • conniemd

        Now that you mention it, the seventies were big on yellow, green and brown kitchen appliances. My mom redecorated the kitchen in about 1971 and all those colors appeared. She had burnt yellow stove and refrigerator IIRC.

      • mixedupfiles

        Avocado, goldenrod, burnt orange, and, um, brown.

        • YoungSally

          Goldenrod – or “Harvest Gold” ?

      • gracedarling

        Ha! As a pale-skinned brunette, I rejoice every time fashion had a ‘swampy seventies’ moment. Avocado! Mustard! Tangerine!!

    • GraceArmstrong

      Oh thank god, there are visible nipples. Because if I don’t see them in every show, I may die from shock.

      • Tasha

        Yeah, it seems to be the new way to update old styles – make them see through! – sooo much creativity….

    • Victoria

      Doesn’t seem like a cohesive collection IMO

      • Akmall Razlan

        could not agree more. it somehow disconnected, totally!

      • GreenTurtle

        It’s downright schizophrenic. There are a lot of winter looks in there for a spring collection. Either that’s a wool shirt dress or a winter coat for a flasher.

    • jjtxgrrl

      Love it. The prints are great. The wide leg pants are gorgeous. Love the greens.

    • JDreesen

      i see more Diane Keaton than Bette Midler. does that make me an asshole, or just ill-referenced? or both? i can take it if it’s both.

      and speaking of holes, there is no way The Duchess would let that many triangular shaped holes (including one that seems to be brought to the center of the form via zippers?) through a PR collection without….well, without making some Duchess-y remark about triangular shaped holes at a disco.

      ETA: looking again i see they are mostly diamonds, not triangulars. either way, awkward tans.

      • alyce1213

        I saw Annie Hall immediately.

        • Aurumgirl

          Yes, and Something’s Gotta Give, too–that white turtle neck and trousers look is right out of that film (only Diane’s was less sheer).

        • DuBey2

          Only without the cute hats.

      • conniemd

        Yeah Diane Keaton, and I loved Diane Keaton circa Annie Hall look, floppy and flowing.. I like the collection. Most of us would treat the bikini tops as bras and just button up the jackets. They are impeccably made and some great jackets and coats. Menswear was very good, too.

      • AC Simons

        Also lots of Ali McGraw. She could have worn any of these.

    • Kate4queen

      I have a question for the bitter kittens who amongst us wants to wear a) see-through clothes b) show off our bra? c) have a v-neck down to our waist or d) none of the above?
      I’m going for d
      I like a lot of these clothes but I’m so tired of designers thinking we all want to show off all our body parts at once.

      • valerie saenz

        I recently bought a cute M. Kors blouse that is d) none of the above. It drapes beautifully and all my brilliantly well endowed bits are covered.

        • Kate4queen

          I’ve got some really nice M. Kors clothes too :) which is why I’m scratching my head at this new trend. hopefully it won’t translate into the actual clothes on the rack.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            It’s not a new trend. It’s a runway show. It’s a fantasy. They’ve done stuff like this for decades.

      • mixedupfiles

        A collection isn’t about what you’ll wear, it gets translated into what you’ll wear. What’s the point of requiring the translation? A collection wants to inspire longing, and even if your brain doesn’t realize it, no small part of the longing is created through the body* the clothes are on. I expect the effect is enhanced with glimpses of what’s normally verboten. This collection does seem to be doing a lot of coasting on that assumption, though.

        *Beautiful voluptuous bodies could inspire longing in just the same way, I’m sure, but we are slaves to our moment.

        • Kate4queen

          Totally agree, I’m just tired of seeing cut outs, transparent fabrics, midriffs and v’s cut to the waist from everyone this fashion week-which tends to mean that some of it is going to actually creep into the clothes we actually have to wear

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            Unless you work in a job that requires a uniform, there’s no such thing as clothes you “have” to wear.

      • Vickiefantastico

        Whoops! I should have read all of the responses! Asked the same basic thing. I just worried I wasn’t cultured or artistic enough to get it!

      • Akmall Razlan

        Obviously, we are not like all those models who happened to have flat chest and we too are not Miley Cyrus who does not need any clothes to put on because she is from the Paleolitic era.

      • Bridget Smith

        Heh, I am one of those lucky (?) ladies who can wear those slits to the waist without it looking at all scandalous, so much of it looks wearable for me. I WANT that spangled navy blue near the end. The bra tops I can do without.

      • Tatiana Luján

        and double slits in our skirts. Ugly and uncomfortable.

        • Sara Brams-Miller

          I do agree with you on that. HATE the double slit.

    • alyce1213

      Overall, I like. The ’40s>’70s inspiration is very evident is some things. Hello Annie Hall 2013.
      So much of this ‘diverse’ collection needs to be lined for actual wear. Why are designers relying on showing body parts when it’s beside the point — no one’s going to wear it that way. It seems so childish.

      • Nicole C

        Ya, that confuses me too.

      • nyll18

        I just made the same point in a comment before I read this. Really, I don’t get the idea behind boobies in a show like this.

      • Adrianna Grężak

        Ironically, Michael Kors criticized someone on Project Runway for showing nipples.

      • Sara Brams-Miller

        It’s not about that. If you put a bra or a camisole under one of those sheer pieces, it would completely ruin the lines of the piece. While much of this collection is “wearable”, fashion week isn’t about that term at all. It’s about showing the pieces in the collection as artwork. I look at these pieces and think about how I would wear them. Not about how they’re being worn. Does that make sense?

        • Tatiana Luján

          But this collection looks like the clothes are going to be exactly the same on the stores. This is a ready to wear collection. It is ridiculous that designers design things that are ruined when normal people wear them in a reasonable way.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            Runway shows are fantasies. Honestly, a lot of you are really over-thinking this. This has nothing to do with what you will be expected to wear in your day to day life. Sheer garments in runway shows aren’t remotely new and absolutely no one in attendance thinks a nipple is shocking in anyway.

            • Tatiana Luján

              I don’t feel it’s shocking, it’s just that (from my personal point of view) I feel it takes back from the fantasy rather than create the fantasy.

          • Sara Brams-Miller

            Nah. That’s doubtful. Most designers make adjustments to make them more wearable. Besides which, a lot of the pieces in this collection have buttons that are just unbuttoned to the naval. So “normal people” could just button them up a little more.

        • alyce1213

          Not really. This is a Kors collection.

          • Sara Brams-Miller

            Doesn’t matter. It’s still a runway collection.

      • DuBey2

        Also cheap, as in: we designers won’t put liners into our Runway fashions which you will pay thousands for, and THEN you will also pay for tailoring and for lining, which, unless its done with perfect fabric, will completely ruin the lines and the flow of the original RW look you fell in love with.

        • Tatiana Luján

          Yeap, really cheap. In comparison, the Ralph Rucci collection, though it deployed several sheer fabrics, had only one garment exposing nipples, and it was a tunic clearly wearable with a camisole underneath.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            Cost has nothing whatsoever to do with it. There are easily 150 items in this runway show and maybe a dozen of them are sheer.

    • LaSylphide

      Yeah, well….

    • Trickytrisha

      Not caring much for this collection. Anything with a knit diaper has to be questionable, IMO. (8th down) I like the guys clothes better than the girls. I suspect that the high waisted swimwear is throwing me off here.

      The whole “show some naked models ’cause other designers are doing it” thing is getting really annoying and tawdry. Enough already!

      • formerlyAnon

        Agree that the guys’ clothes are more appealing, overall.

    • Nicholas

      I think they put a little too much stock in the belts making these outfits.

      • makeityourself

        And they were fastened just so. I liked them, actually.

        • Nicholas

          I think there were some very interesting belt trends there, but they didn’t complete many of the looks—if that were the intention.

    • kimmeister

      Lesson 1: how to hold a purse if you are germaphobic and don’t want to shake hands with anyone.

      • Sarah

        How to hold a purse if it’s the most GIANT clutch in the history of mankind. Jeez, those things are huge.

        • DuBey2

          At first glance, I thought the model in Pic #1 was holding a smail roll of carpet sample.

    • StarburstLady

      Talk about a collection where you can already buy most of the items at your local mall…

      • frumpybiscuits

        Thank you! I was just thinking. “Wow, pretty sure every piece is available at Macys already.” Just pairing underwear with a trench coat does not equal a new look. Yes it’s sports wear, but shouldn’t it look compelling is some small, tiny way?
        Michael Kors is the most derivative label that I know of. Obviously I don’t know a ton but it literally JUMPS out at me, especially the accessories – they look like Marc Jacobs knock offs half the time, and LV the other half.
        Sorry, obviously I’ve been keeping some Michael-Kors-is-derivative rage buried deep inside for a while and it’s now been unleashed…

        • ballerinawithagun

          Thank you for voicing exactly the way I feel about Michael Kors.

      • DuBey2

        Absolutely. In the older ladies’ department. Umm Eileen Fisher or just no name brands..

      • RebeccaKW

        I would agree. Cuffed shorts and a striped button down? There are some cute looks (I like the polka-dot dress with the sweater vest and the knit dress and cardigan) but nothing that seems new or exciting.

    • oatmealpie

      Those are some aggressively ugly swimsuits, especially the olive one with the flowers.

    • roche

      LOVE. Some of those belted looks are gorgeous: especially the white floral sienna skirt with sweater and white belt, sigh, so lovely. Elegant, chic, wearable collection. Now if I could just afford to buy some of it.

    • Imasewsure

      I like a lot of the women’s stuff (the simpler streamlined pieces) but hate all of the menswear

    • pugluv

      LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

    • nyll18

      Something I’ve been wondering looking at many of the collections: what is the purpose of sheer shirts? No woman is ever going to wear a sheer shirt in real life, so to appreciate how the pieces would really wear, wouldn’t having her in a cami or bra be logical? I get for the avante garde designers, wearability isn’t exactly the point. But for someone like Kors- most of his outfits could walk right off the runway. So, again, what’s the point? Is it just to be risque?

      • PastryGoddess

        By the time it gets produced for department stores those shirts are lined. I think it’s because designers want to show their take on the sheer trend, but know that no one will actually buy it like that.

      • Munchkn

        Well, I had a couple of sheer shirts in the early 70s except we called them see-through. They were pretty daring as your slip would show. Yeah, that’s when we wore slips under our dresses. I would have been mortally embarrassed to have worn a see-thru blouse bra-less.

      • frumpybiscuits

        Either you wear a camisole or pretty tank top that is designed to be seen or you pair it with cute buttoned blazer, sweater, etc so just is sheer but you are covered.

        OR you wear it to the office with a granny bra and no one can look you in the face while you are presenting during what was a super boring meeting, but now is wildly exciting with everyone IMing “Does she know?” “Are you going to tell her?” “SHE KNOWS” and then HR is called in, and you are transferred to another office location.

        • martha

          That sounds fun!

    • hughman

      Bette Midler! The Pointer Sisters! Manhattan Transfer!

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        A bit of Joan Armatrading for the trousers, too.

    • Toby Wollin

      There is stuff here that I like…and stuff that makes me want to scream (dog ear collars? Really?). What we’ll get in the stores won’t be the sheer shirts and the nutty bathing suits with the knit trunks (ayyyyyyy), but the dog ear collars are a nyet.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      Love a coat dress. Is it fall yet?

      • NDC_IPCentral

        And this a SPRING collection. Methinks Mr. Kors is forecasting a rather cool spring for 2014. Lots of this read “fall” to me.

    • Alexandra Pimenta

      Wow. I kinda love it all. If I was thin and rich I would live in MK.

      Well, except for bags. Here in Brazil (specially Rio) they are like a plague.

    • formerlyAnon

      I love a lot of these, especially the coats and coat dresses. (why ever wouldn’t I? The ’70s being the only decade in which I’ve been objectively skinny all the way through, I have a fondness.) But I especially like the menswear.

      I most like the linen(?) pants in the first photo, the grey sweater + khaki pants ensemble and the blue & white seersucker(?) suit. I like the wider leg to the pants for both men and women. Not sure if the menswear will suit everyone, but I’m a fan.

      ANd it makes me kind of sad that (unlike the last time around) I now know in my bones that it doesn’t matter how skinny I might be, super voluminous garments layered upon voluminous garments (like the Annie Hall-ish ensemble 28th(?) from the top) will never look good on me.

      My dislikes are the pussy bows – shown here often untied (a wise choice) and the dominance of brown.

      I wait interestedly to see if very high waisted swimsuits (playsuits?) catch on.

    • Guest

      Some exec at Ross Dress For Less is all “¿dónde están los estampados de animales? ¿Qué voy a hacer si jennifer lopez repente necesita para vestir su respaldo bailarina gogo bois?”

    • marlie

      I love this. Another 70-referential collection done right. I love all of the dresses, and would be happy for all of them to jump into my closet.

      The mens’ items are a skosh too costume-y, though.

    • Vickiefantastico

      I’ve decided that I’m not that big of a Kors fan. It’s all fine, most of it is pretty, but nothing wows me about it.

      I consider myself a novice when it comes to fashion. Will my fellow BKs answer a question I’ve had for years about fashion shows? What is the purpose in sending models down the runway in sheer clothing, with no bra? Is it the shock factor? I doubt that since they all seem to do it. I just don’t get it. I find it distracting and a bit lazy of the designers. I would love to know if any of you have insight into why it’s done so often!

      • SouthernGirlRena

        I swear I was just about to ask the same question! I don’t get it either. It seem if you have a limited amount of time to show the world what you can do, these are throw away pieces. If real people would wear them with a lining, why nof show them what it would look like with one? Of course, MK doesn’t have to prove himself anymore.

      • Bridget Smith

        Sometimes it’s intended to show the delicacy of the fabric/beading/etc. That doesn’t seem to be the case here, but some of the collections from earlier in the week featured sheer dresses with very fine detailing all over them in very pale colors. They’ll probably be lined before anyone wears them, but on the runway, that would make it harder to see the fancywork.

      • DuBey2

        I believe that none of the models ever wear bras at all during fashion shows, so that’s maybe half of your answer. I’ve seen it on PR when they are changing in the workroom all the time and also a friend who modeled a good bit in the ’80s in a mid-size town told me they never wore bras – for ease of changing and no straps showing and etc etc etc.
        (Doesn’t explain the designer choice for totally sheer as in the MK white ‘turtleneck’ and slacks)

    • norseofcourse

      LOVE those flowing khaki pants! They’re a maxi dress, in pant form. Can’t decide if I’d look comfy and chic in them … or just really, really large.

      • Donna Tabor

        They’re very graceful, aren’t they?

    • Akmall Razlan

      I still remember then Kors said on PR, “No boobs on the runway” and now, what the hell? To me, this is not embracing women body but this is an insult, disrespectful! way to go Kors!.

      • Vickiefantastico

        Gosh, I couldn’t agree with you more! And yes, he said that on PR, I thought the same thing.

        • Akmall Razlan

          right, it is not like he preached and nowadays, he is being such a diva on PR, *as guest judge. Please.

      • terpsichory

        I fail to see in which way female breasts could be considered an insult. Especially in the way they are presented here, as part of a celebration of the female body.

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Chic as always but more fun than usual for MK. I love it. I just don’t know how you can’t. It’s so wearable and interesting. Love.

    • Jacquelyn

      I like a lot of the coats but I’m not floored by anything.

    • SewingSiren

      Needs to line the whites.

    • quiltrx

      I really like that white-on-tan print near the top. And that tweedy grey coatdress is to die for. The rest is pretty meh, which is pretty normal for me and a Kors collection.
      And WTF with the purses (?) made of pipe cleaners…

      • cowper

        Yes to the tweedy coatdress!

    • GenieinTX

      Yes, a lot of this is kind of boring but I’m surprised at how forgiving a lot of these shapes are. A Lines! Flowy skirts! And those giant pants. I really want some of this.

    • sleepycat

      As someone that didn’t exist until the late 80s I can’t identify most of these pieces as 1970s as they look modern hipster clothes to me. Maybe if the 1940s sleeves were done less literally then I could see myself liking this collection. The colors are fine, but Mustard and Golden Sun sound like horrific colors for nearly every room in the house.

      I will not back the pleated pants, and Mr. Furley’s Leisure Suit. (I LOVED Three’s Company when it was on Nick at NITE)

      • Donna Tabor

        Trust me, I’m almost 62, and I wore the 70′s version of almost everything in this collection.

    • Nondescript

      Kors women MUST show either their sternum or their abs! It is commanded!

    • prismamars

      *sigh* I wish I could wake up tomorrow morning and somehow find that most of these clothes had been transported to my closet (then again, I feel that way about a lot of the collections TLo have been featuring this fashion week.

    • cowper

      Why is that handsome young man wearing a women’s suit? And a big NO to that fox tail, even if it’s faux. No faux fox!

    • Jolene Barnett

      Ive apparently gone far enough into my yarn obsession where I can see a crocheted runway item, and be like,”eh, I could make that.”

    • Miss WKS

      Dear Michael Kors,

      I never heard of you until I started watching Project Runway. But I gotta say this collection is muthafuckin brilliant. You are an amazing American designer with your finger firmly on the pulse of what women want. This collection is awesome. LOVE the Lauren Hutton look-a-like. Keep up the good work.

      xoxoxoxo

    • msdamselfly

      Love this. So many beautiful looks.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Other than the fact that these are not my colours, I think this is all very beautiful and very wearable.

    • MilaXX

      I think it’s very pretty. I think Kors would be a better fit for Jennifer Lawrence than Dior. She could rock quite a bit of this.

    • abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxqyz

      some looks are just direct rip-offs from Bottega Veneta Spring 2013 collection, what a shameless copy from just one season ago.

    • M. H. Leader

      Filled with gorgeous day-dresses that could (gasp!) actually be worn to work without violating dress codes! Seriously, almost all these are very, very pretty and very wearable for the average woman. Good job, Duchess!

    • lobsterlen

      Thank you Michael Kors that is lovely! And I have to give a big thank you to the Michael Kors brand overall. The off the rack clothes always fit great and are very flattering too even if you are not a size 2.

    • Tanya Wade

      As a seventies lover and a knitter, I see a lot to love here. And I’m not a huge Kors fan in general. Best get to pinning!

    • Tatiana Luján

      I like many of theese clothes, but I don’t passionately love any of them.

    • RussellH88

      Am I the only one who think that some of the men’s suits look kind of silly?

      I think women can get away with stuff being sort of baggy and flowy, because it can give the look a touch of casual, effortless chic, but on a man it looks like a little boy wearing his older brother’s suit to a Bar Mitzvah.

    • Laurie Landry

      If only all of these items would magically appear in my closet.

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      I don’t understand the hair “styles” but some of the clothes are OK.

    • DuBey2

      Did anyone else think that look # 22 (bk/wht tiny print dress on redhead) made even that tiny model look like a size (gasp!) 12? Imagine how it would look on, say, a size 8? (maybe she’d look like a 20??)

      Also, the looks I liked the best were #1 and #3, but I see them pretty much every year from one designer or another. I did like his (MK’s) leather short-sleeved top, but then, I’m a sucker for leather.

      • Sara Brams-Miller

        Are you talking about the navy and white pritned dress with the keyhole? I think it’s an illusion because of the way she’s holding her clutch.

    • SassyKansas

      Is it just me, or is anyone else bugged by a center flap hanging down from some of the skirts? The flaps are getting tangled in the models’ legs. It makes me think of a loincloth. I can’t imagine wanting to wear a skirt with a strip hanging down like that between my legs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1180174329 Elizabeth Phillips

      I wonder if the tweed coat dress will show up in his plus-size line…

    • Beardslee

      I love a lot of this but am sorry to see the return of the droopy rounded collar on the brown polka dot ensemble with the vest. I didn’t like it then and I don’t like it now.

      • Donna Tabor

        I was going to say the same thing! That is one seriously ugly collar.

    • MaggieMae

      Meh?

    • Donna Tabor

      Love this collection, almost in its entirety. I would have worn any of it in the 70′s, and did wear a version of some it then.

      The bow blouses, though, could die again, as far as I’m concerned. They never look quite right. And that dog-eared collar brown top? **shudder**

    • Claudia

      The green floral reminds me of curtains and the Von Trapp children…

    • Erica_Vuitton

      I look at this collection and see Taylor Swift. Perfectly preppy and classic. Wish he had made the shoes a little lower though. Two inch platforms in front always scream stripper.

    • Akmall Razlan

      too harsh? My comment?

    • AmeliaEve

      This captures a lot of the things I loved about 70s fashion, especially the influence of the 30s and 40s. That gray on gray skirt and top remind me of Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde. But just to keep it modern, he’s included a cashmere diaper. Something for everybody!

    • cbt22

      To paraphrase Portlandia: “Put a belt on it!” “But Michael Kors, it’s a swimsuit!” “PUT A BELT ON IT.”

    • LauraWL

      I’ve always appreciated that Kors hews so closely to the aesthetic of his clients. These clothes are preppy and pretty and scream American sportswear. (I am getting a distinct Lauren Hutton vibe from some of the pants.) Kors may not be a risk taker but he makes some very pretty clothes.

    • gurl boy

      Love it…not a MK’S LOGO in sight!

    • Lady Stranger

      What’s with the sheer tops? boobies! he complained about this on the PR Finale regarding W. Pepper!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=573582655 Margaret Leyden

      Maybe I’m old fashioned but some of these models needs slips and camisoles. I really don’t want to see “everything.”

    • R. L.

      Most things are cute and wearable. I NEED that blue dress.

    • LocMama

      My brain got stuck on all the high-waist bikinis with skinny belts & huge purses.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Is he still trying to make granny panties happen?