There was such a clear split between aesthetics on the Michael Kors runway for Spring/Summer 2016 that it almost seemed like two separate collections had accidentally come to walk together. On one hand, there were extremely feminine dresses and skirts sprinkled with colorful floral prints, flower appliqués, and ruffly tiered layers, while on the other were slim, tailored, neutral separates that pulled influence from menswear. The contrast was so extreme that it was impossible not to notice it, but the juxtaposition of feminine beauty and masculine pragmatism didn’t mean the collection lacked cohesion. Rather, Kors united two sides of a woman’s wardrobe, addressing the dual needs of pretty clothes for special occasions and functional clothes for work and play.
Interestingly, it was the menswear/neutral side of things that was the most current. Granted, the more feminine looks in the collection were pretty, but the added density of textures and layers appeared a little cumbersome at times. One of the best looks in the collection came early on Kendall Jenner, who embodied the kind of downtown cool we envy in a black dress fitted with layers of grommeted pleats. It was sporty, fresh, and still completely wearable. Additionally, Kors presented slouchy suits for the office, relaxed peasant blouses, starchy button-ups tucked into voluminous skirts, snakeskin dresses with contrast yolking, minimalist trenches, and more. Vivid looks supplied pops of color in between all of the neutral fare and added a sense of lavish exuberance to the proceedings. Some of the best looks included a sheer floral-print dress, a black day dress covered in acres of 3-D appliqués, and a mod, lemon-colored, mesh shirt dress with solid cuffs and pockets. This adaptable collection made a big impression on the celebrities sitting on the front row, many of whom clamored for Kors’ tasteful, elegant pieces the second they left the runway.
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