Michael Kors toasts New York nightlife in his latest collection
In an ode to the energy of New York nightlife, Michael Kors held its first live night show, giving celebrities and fashion luminaries an excuse to dress up for a night on the town.
Kors brought the shine to celebrate its Fall/Winter 2022 collection on Tuesday night at the Terminal 5 concert hall. Grammy-winning artist Miguel performed songs by Prince, including “Raspberry Beret” and “I would die for you.”
After the last two years of the pandemic, Kors said he wanted to give his New York Fashion Week audience a live performance. And it certainly brought the glitz.
“In this collection, there are no tracksuits, flip-flops or sneakers,” Kors said in a pre-show interview. “It’s really about being polished, feeling glamorous and taking to the streets.”
Many of the celebrities in attendance wore black, the designer’s favorite color. In the front row, Brooke Shields chatted with Elle magazine editor and “Project Runway” judge Nina Garcia, while Blake Lively greeted New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
TikTok star Addison Rae and “Riverdale” actress Camila Mendes said they both wore black to celebrate the New York nightlife theme.
The show started with models in neutral tones – a camel wool coat, a chocolate cashmere sweater, a white cashmere bodysuit – before changing it up with a silver trench coat, a fuchsia cashmere sweater scarf and a yellow mini dress. The models sparkled from their dresses to their shoes. The menswear designs also didn’t leave out the flair with model Alton Mason sporting a sheepskin scarf reminiscent of a Harry Styles feather boa look.
The celebrities were not only in the audience but also on the catwalk: Bella and Gigi Hadid, Irina Shayk and Emily Ratajkowski all took part in the parade. Bella Hadid, a familiar face from the brand’s recent campaigns, walked the runway in a stretch black dress cut out with sequins.
Since the start of the pandemic, New York City has been on a roller coaster, with restaurants and nightlife spots open and closed, Kors noted. He said many New Yorkers had to choose comfort over self-expression.
“We think about comfort because we’re pragmatic, but I think people have sacrificed the joy of expressing themselves and the joy of feeling confident,” the designer said. “At a certain point, you really lose your identity, so I think that regenerated and rejuvenated people’s kind of joy in dressing up.”
“So I think it’s really an exciting time to see this sleeping beauty awake,” he added.