February 08, 2005
Since he opened his store in L.A., Michael Kors has been struck by how adventurous Hollywood men are in their approach to dressing. He had George Clooney in mind (with Gwyneth Paltrow as a dream consort) for his new collection. In practice, though, Kors' Tinseltown fantasy turned out to be a pretty literal expression of the sports-and-suits fusion that has dominated the fall season. He showed a lot of ski pants, paired with everything from a fox-trimmed silver anorak to a herringbone blazer. Most of them were in nylon, and worn with goggles, a knit hat, and an enormous muffler (Scarf alert! Start knitting now!), they looked ready for Aspen, which has always been another dream locale for the designer.
When he moved away from the synthetic, Kors showed trousers with a fuller, forties influence. Given the collection's monochrome palette, these evoked inevitable echoes of Old Hollywood, except that backstage he claimed it was a private order from Usher that inspired him. He's the kind of urban dandy who might be partial to some of Kors' more exciting flourishes, like the coats in nutria and broadtail.