After Michael Kors' bold take on country luxe, there's
little doubt that equestrian chic will be a
recurring theme next Fall. Kors may have been inspired
by life on the farm, but there was nothing
rough-edged or dowdy about his thoroughbred looks.
Riding britches were turned into lean, mean trousers
that could be tucked into tall leather boots or worn
with double-buckle boyish shoes; cashmere Aran
sweaters and bright marigold, kelly green and scarlet
turtlenecks looked divine under sinful, double-faced
blanket coats to the floor.
Kors kept his collection
sharply in focus by consistently emphasizing
contrasts: Dramatic capes flowed over skinny jodhpurs
and mini-shifts while crisp, colorful piping gave an
architectural edge to everything from quilted field
skirts to practical leather jackets. The recurring
play of opposites was especially successful with the
evening looks: A long, beaded bronze lace skirt looked
perfect with a casual turtleneck and sporty suede
jacket; an ivory sweater coat unceremoniously framed a
shimmering evening gown.
It takes considerable talent and experience to pull
off such a collection without stumbling onto a
minefield of overworked references. It's no coincidence
that this Fall marks Michael Kors' 20th anniversary
of designing casual yet utterly luxurious clothes.