Michael Kors is a big fan of Resort. "It's one of the most fun seasons to work on. Every year, it's 'Find me a new place,' " he said at his showroom presentation today. This time around, Turkey served. The designer just opened three new stores in Istanbul, where, he reports, the shopping is divine.
Ikat motifs were reproduced in sumptuous black and gold shantung made into a coat, bell-shaped shift, and capri pants. And an agate—one of several stones he picked up in the markets there—informed the swirling cinnamon hue of a draped column dress and a popover top and matching short shorts. Bejeweled was the buzzword. The collars of brocade jackets and the bodice of a gold lamé gown were smothered in studs and crystals, and the gold chains of the models' flat sandals faintly jingled as they walked.
Opulent minimalism was how Kors described the collection. But if opulence came out ahead on the aforementioned pieces, minimalism got its due, too. An emerald green silk pajama set had an inviting ease. A black plonge leather shift was all unfussy elegance. An elongated black jacket worn with a cotton lisle T-shirt and gold crushed panne velvet pants was the crowd favorite. It'll look cool in any time zone.