What’s black and white and red all over? Michael Kors’ Spring/Summer 2022 collection of course! Following a brief hiatus, the master of contemporary womenswear returns to New York City to present his romantic ready-to-wear collection in no other than Central Park, a stone’s throw from his 5th Avenue store which has laid dormant due to the repercussions of COVID-19.
Kors’ optimism for the future and urge to return to normalcy was evident throughout his staggering 65 looks. Contrasting Kors’ Fall/Winter 2021 offering, which was presented in true New York fashion out the front of the historic Shubert Theatre, this collection is reminiscent of his Spring/Summer 2021 presentation, and is filled with minimalist colour palettes and refined elegance.
Where Kors’ Fall/Winter collection comprised show stopping looks and exaggerated femine silhouettes, his Spring/Summer 2022 collection was the embodiment of ‘less is more’. Supermodels and long term friends of the brands Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid sauntered down the runway to the swing style of Ariana DeBose in tailored outfits reminiscent of mid-century American dressing.
Nostalgia and romanticism were obvious inspirations, with nods to 50’s style capri pants, swing dresses and A-line shapes, along with 60’s inspired gingham and pencil skirts woven throughout the collection.
Accessories were also cleverly used. Leather belts almost served as corsets, situated around the waist to accentuate hourglass figures. Bucket bags and woven totes were recontextualised as bouquet holders filled with red ranunculus the Queen of Hearts would be proud of — perfect for a trip to the market. Some models even wore wayfarer’s whilst Kors himself stepped out in his iconic aviators. Shoes were kept modest, with many an open-toed sling back mule in sight.
With Kors celebrating his 40th year in business, a world away from his Studio 54 days, he continues to impress and stay true to his ethos that fashion should be “evolutionary, not revolutionary.” Here’s to many more years Michael.
Keep scrolling for our favourite looks below.