Michael Kors has never been shy about his affection for pop culture. During his pre-fall presentation today, he announced his favorite new TV show is Killer Karaoke and reported that he knows of aspiring celebrities who buy dresses that A-listers have been seen in so they can be pictured alongside them on the tabloids' "Who Wore It Better?" pages. Sounds like a juicy story to us.
Apropos of his pre-fall collection, he said he's waiting with bated breath for Scarlett Johansson's upcoming reprise of the role Elizabeth Taylor made famous: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof's Maggie the Cat. The Broadway revival is set for this winter. (No, we didn't get a Lindsay Lohan joke.) There was a strong 1950s vibe at play in the new collection: strapless sheaths belted high on the waist, off-the-shoulder starlet sweaters worn with the narrowest of black plongé leather pencil skirts, a bouclé coat with a generous mink collar tossed over an hourglass dress in guipure lace. A black cashmere sweater, fuchsia tweed skirt, and bright pink mink stole was "Rizzo with good taste and a black American Express card."
Retro accessories like white leather gloves and matching pumps and clutches, along with the odd pouf skirt, edged the lineup into costume at times, but Kors answered almost every throwback with a modern proposition. A bonded plongé leather motorcycle jacket was up-to-the-minute chic. Outerwear, in general, was a strength. Rose dévoré elevated an otherwise humble peacoat and a nude satin trench could solve your next evening coat crisis. That one has ScarJo's name all over it.