The show highlighted timeless glamour, celebrating the women Kors calls his influencers, those forever icons who have left a lasting impression on the designer and his work. Taking place in the West Village, this season serves as an ode to the rule-breaking spirit that has characterized Greenwich Village for decades.
“For this Collection, I was really thinking about the things that influenced me when I was coming of age in the ‘70s,” says designer Michael Kors, “the women who influenced me, the neighborhood that influenced me, and the combination of big city glamour and bohemia that I found in Greenwich Village at that time.”
Kors played with proportion, showing long sweeping coats and dramatic capes paired with leggy dresses, skirts and shorts. He used slashes, slits and lean knits to frame the body, and hip-slung belts to shift the eye. Sleek, glamorous jumpsuits made the case for a new kind of evening. The rich, hushed palette ranged from shades of graphite and charcoal to warm tones of chocolate and chestnut, with monochrome moments of merlot and forest. Accessories had a softer attitude, from fringed clutches and relaxed messengers to streamlined bucket bags, while boots grounded almost every look.
A live orchestra accompanied recorded tracks of “Somebody to Love” by Jefferson Airplane and Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way,” creating a multi-dimensional soundtrack as models including Vittoria Ceretti, Irina Shayk, Amber Valletta, Liya Kebede, Adut Akech and more walked the birch- and mirror-lined runway.
Gloria Steinem, Kate Hudson, Katie Holmes and Mindy Kaling were among the A-list front row, along with New York Governor Kathy Hochul, Lea Michele, Ellen Pompeo, Isabelle Adjani, Beatrice Grannò, Simona Tabasco and more.
The live show experience premiered on the brand’s social and digital channels, including MichaelKors-Collection.com, which serves as the hub for all Fall/Winter 2023 Michael Kors Collection content. The programming was also available to the brand’s international audience across YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and Twitter, as well as on WeChat, Weibo, LINE and Kakao.