Reminiscent of the party nights New York is known for, the collection looks forward to a time when such events will become normal again
April 21, 2021: If there is one thing we all have been dreaming about since the pandemic struck, it’s that feeling of stepping out at night again, all dressed up, for that fabulous party. ‘Opening night’ was, therefore, the theme of Michael Kors’ 40th anniversary collection for Fall/Winter 2021. Shot in the heart of the Broadway to a musical performance by singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright, the show immersed guests in a true The Devil Wears Prada inspiration.
“For my 40th anniversary collection, I was really thinking about the joy in getting dressed up and stepping out for a night on the town,” says Michael Kors. “Whether you’re going to the office, having a casual dinner in the neighborhood or are in fact ready to go to a party again, this collection is all about making every moment a special occasion and feeling confident, glamorous and upbeat. There’s a sense of timelessness and big-city optimism that has been a linchpin of Michael Kors since the very beginning—a yin-and-yang balance between opulence and simplicity, something that’s laid-back and at the same time luxurious.”
The runway film, directed by longtime collaborator Alexandre de Betak and produced by Bureau Future, shined a light on the unique glamour and energy of Broadway, one of New York City’s most beloved industries and among the hardest hit by the pandemic. “The theater is the heartbeat and the pulse of New York City and an endless source of inspiration for me, so to see Broadway shut down has been really heartbreaking,” says Mr. Kors.
The collection, in a true MK style, is glamourous, replete with figure hugging dresses, silver streaked suits, shimmering gowns, and voluminous shearlings that will cozy you up in those winter nights. Monochromatic neutrals are accented with metallic gold and silver accents. Pinstripes, houndstooth, zebra and leopard prints make the collection bold. Trenches and cashmeres, boots, strappy open-toes and sleek miniaudieres spell big city shine.
In support of the theater industry, Michael Kors, the company, has made a donation to The Actors Fund, a national organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Mr. Kors also made a personal donation to The Fund.