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At Michael Kors, A Tale of The 1970s, Studio 54 and Incredible Coats

It may be a party – with Barry Manilow singing "Copacabana", no less – but Michael Kors never forgets about the woman he designs for. Here, we bring you the best moments from the show.

Viva la Studio 54. It may have been half a century since the heyday of the famed nightclub that saw everyone from Bianca Jagger to Freddie Mercury through its doors, but Studios 54 still remains the ever-flowing fountain of inspiration that it is. The lyrics of “Willkommen” from Cabaret – which not-so-coincidentally had two revivals in the now-theatre – seem to describe it best: So life is disappointing, forget it! In here life is beautiful!

At Michael Kors on Wednesday morning, things were quite beautiful indeed. The location was not Studio 54, but rather Cipriani Wall Street. Disco balls and chandeliers sparkled above a narrow runway, which was unusual for Michael Kors, but undoubtedly on theme. (We all know how packed clubs can get.) 

It was then surprising that the first look down the runway was a military-styled blazer worn over a floral midi skirt. It was as if to say that while the collection may pay tribute to Studio 54, this is still Michael Kors. Sharp tailoring, from cropped blazers to long coats and often paired with shirts that sported wide collars, was a key element of the show. Coats were aplenty, running the gamut from luxuriously fluffy full-lengths – faux, might we add – to glossy leather patchwork pieces to shearlings. It makes one almost thankful for the cold that had overtaken part of New York Fashion Week.

Then, there were the party looks, and what glorious party looks they were. A slinky purple dress, a one-shoulder that ended in a burst of feathers, a glossy nude number, a tiny blazer worn with hardly anything underneath – all of them had more than enough sparkle to spare.

Kors never forgets the women he designs for. Peel away the seventies reference and you have pieces that you can take anywhere. Soft shirts and comfortable knits, cropped trousers, jumpsuits with all the pockets you need, lithe but easy dresses, outerwear that balanced statement with sensibility. Even the boys had looks that we wanted, platforms included.

Of course, such a show had to end with a bang. As seventies model Patti Hansen closed the show, out came Barry Manilow singing “Copacabana”. It may have been a little too early for us to bust out a move, but considering the fashion week mayhem and erratic weather, Michael Kors’ little party was more than welcomed. Let’s just say that we did a little more than tap our feet. Just a little.

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