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Michael Kors Toasts Ellesse Collaboration From the 65th Floor

Michael Kors Toasts Ellesse Collaboration From the 65th Floor

Michael Kors aimed high Thursday night for its collaboration launch party with Ellesse. The brands merged the MK and Ellesse logos for a 24-piece capsule collection, which was worn by many attendees during the kickoff event at Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room. Guests including Amelia Gray Hamlin, Priah Ferguson, Wolftyla, Batsheva Hay, Ezra J. William, Jessica Wang and James Turlington rode the elevator to the 65th floor, where they were rewarded with stunning views of Manhattan. A step-and-repeat was backed by views of Central Park (and Billionaire’s Row).
Outside on the terrace, campaign face and event host Emily Ratajkowski joined the crowd partaking in the prime selfie opportunities.
Brooklyn rapper Jay Critch, who appears in and lent a musical track for the campaign video, arrived just before sunset, wearing a track jacket from the collection.

“My agency Next Models linked me up with the project, shout-out to them,” Critch said. “It was great to see myself in the campaign because it’s the first one I’m a part of and I think everything fit perfectly, and it means a lot to have my song be the soundtrack to the release.”
New fans are in luck: Critch is headed back to the studio to release more music soon.
“Right now, I am working on my next project dropping this summer, so I’ve been locked in putting it together,” he said, adding, “This one is going to be different.”

Emily Ratajkowski and Jay Critch
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James Turlington
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12 of the Best Ramadan 2022 Capsule Collections for Iftar and Suhoor Gatherings

12 of the Best Ramadan 2022 Capsule Collections for Iftar and Suhoor Gatherings

Photo: Courtesy of Burberry
With Ramadan 2022 just around the corner, come the exclusive capsule collections from some of the biggest fashion houses as well as high-end brands. Having spent the Holy Month in the past two years with Covid-19 restrictions, this year, Ramadan will once again be celebrated with festive gatherings for iftar and suhoor that call for dressing up.

Below, discover the best capsule collections from luxury labels, high-end brands, and local designers with exclusive pieces worth investing in this Ramadan.
Christian Louboutin 
Photo: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin
An ode to Louboutin’s love for nature, gardening, and landscape design, the collection offers pieces for both men and women in lush green hues.
Dior
Photo: Courtesy of Dior
Dior’s handbags and small leather goods are always a winning final touch to every fit. For Ramadan, the French luxury brand has introduced timeless dazzling pieces.
Salvatore Ferragamo 
Photo: Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo
Salvatore Ferragamo has re-introduced its iconic Gancini bag for Ramadan 2022, but with a metallic twist in Flamingo Rose. Combining glamorous and sparkling pieces within their Ramadan collection, there is a piece for every occasion.
Louis Vuitton
Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton embraces emerald green as its color for the holy season as a symbol of class, hope, prosperity, and peace. Alongside introducing ready-to-wear pieces for the occasion for the first time, the brand has also reimagined its Capucines Mini bag in a matte black and python green.
Leem
Photo: Courtesy of Leem
The Saudi label’s exclusive collection for Ramadan is inspired by the Lunar calendar of the month and its religious stages (mercy, forgiveness, and safety), to feature kaftans in a contemporary color palette and modern cuts.
Mango 
Photo: Courtesy of Mango
Mango‘s Ramadan offering features vibrant and playful pieces that add a contemporary twist to modest clothing—from jumpsuits to tailored suits.
Anthropologie
Photo: Courtesy of Anthropologie
Anthropologie’s ready-to-wear collection includes a selection of colorful wrap dresses, comfortable jumpsuits, stylish blouses, and flowy trousers that are ideal for hotter days.
Tony Burch 
Photo: Courtesy of Tony Burch
The Tony Burch Ramadan capsule captures the festive essence of the month in metallic gold and royal blue handbags with gold rope chains.
Michael Kors
Photo: Courtesy of Michael Kors
The Michael Kors Ramadan collection is comprised of 11 timeless pieces from handbags to scarves, bracelets, and belts—all in a rich blue color.
Tommy Hilfiger 
Photo: Courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger celebrates Ramadan with a pastel-hued collection of breezy dresses, kaftans, and jumpsuits with gold accents.
Burberry 
Photo: Courtesy of Burberry
Inspired by constellations, sunsets, sunrises, and starry nights of Ramadan, Burberry has launched a collection of glistening pieces just in time for Ramadan.
Bottega Veneta 
Photo: Courtesy of Bottega Venata and Ounass
Available on Ounass, Bottega Veneta’s limited-edition Ramadan offering features three of the fashion house’s iconic pieces reimagined in three distinct colors, including gold.
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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 14 Picks That Your Mom Will Absolutely Adore

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 14 Picks That Your Mom Will Absolutely Adore

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to show moms just how much they are appreciated. The hard work that mothers put in on a daily basis deserves praise, and even a little gift can go a long way in letting her know that she is both cherished and appreciated. However, it can be hard to choose the perfect gift to accompany a beautiful bouquet of flowers on this special occasion, especially since every mother differs in style and choice. Luckily, your favorite labels seem to have heard your call for a helping hand, and have launched several pieces this month that will make your mother feel as special as can be on March 21.
If your mom likes to keep it classic, check out Mulberry‘s new Mother’s Day range, which includes a fail-safe set of Forget Me Not pearl earrings, while Skin Story is here to make sure your mother feels pampered with its range of indulgent multisticks. Got a mom who loves bold accessories? Jude Benhalim jewelry comes in strong with its statement gold creations this Mother’s Day—we’ve got our eye on a certain set of earrings.
Mothers who have an eye for interior design will enjoy Jonathan Adler’s porcelain vase, or possibly Pols Potten’s colorful teacup set. Beautifully draped ensembles such as SemSem’s emerald green plissé-satin maxi dress also make great gifts for the mom who likes to party, while Saint Lauren’s loulou heart-shaped sunglasses will show her how much you love her, and Sleeper’s feather-trimmed crepe de chine pajama may just convince her to take a break from life for some relaxing shut eye.
For every mother there is a gift. Look through Vogue Arabia’s edit above for your perfect pick.
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Michael Kors Brings Together Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Irina Shayk at NYFW

Michael Kors Brings Together Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Irina Shayk at NYFW

Bella Hadid       
Michael Kors’s autumn/winter 2022 show was all about making an entrance and so he had to call in the big guns to show the world how it’s done. Of course, when you’ve got the Hadid sisters on speed dial, this is no big deal. As well as Gigi and Bella, Michael called up fellow New York street-style maven Emily Ratajkowski, who lives in the glare of the paparazzi and knows how to, as Kors said, “strut [her] stuff”. Top models Irina Shayk and Natasha Poly completed Michael’s glossy posse, with rising runway stars Adut Akech, Paloma Elsesser, Jill Kortleve and Rianne Van Rompaey delivering the shoulders-back confidence Kors’s clothes require.
Emily Ratajkowski
Indeed, while Kors is known for his beloved brand of Uptown polish, this season’s conceal-and-reveal looks requires extra confidence to pull off. Take the enrobing teddy coats shrugged artfully off the shoulders to reveal a slither of a sequined dress underneath. This Hollywood-esque styling hack requires a mix of self-assuredness and sass to execute well. Ditto the hooded outerwear that gave off Kylie Minogue glamour when worn by Kors’s girls.
Gigi Hadid
For the Gen-Z supers, for whom midriff-flossing is common fashion parlance, this tantalising approach to getting dressed is all in a day’s work. For the rest of us, Kors lined his extravagant eveningwear in jersey to facilitate dancing and dashing for cabs when party hopping around town. “It’s about turning everything into a special occasion,” he said of channelling his joie de vivre into a collection made to have a good time. On the biggest model names living in New York City, who are quite probably clinking martinis with Kors in The Carlyle on a week night, this was a compelling proposition indeed.
Irina Shayk
Adut Akech
Paloma Elsesser
Rianne Van Rompaey
Natasha Poly
Jill Kortleve
Bella Hadid
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk

Kendall Jenner is Featured in Michael Kors’ Spring Ad Campaign

Kendall Jenner is Featured in Michael Kors’ Spring Ad Campaign

Kendall Jenner is fronting Michael Kors Collection’s spring 2022 ad campaign.
Photographed on the roof of Prospect Tower in Manhattan by Dutch duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the campaign breaks today and is a cinematic love letter to New York, the designer’s hometown.
“When I think about what endures, it’s love — romantic love, but also love for your friends, your family and for your city,” said Kors.  “With this campaign, we wanted to bring to life urban romance and the unique juxtaposition of the strength and grit of New York City with love that it inspires time and again.”
The collection features streamlined silhouettes, feminine tailoring, handworked fabrics and an optimistic color palette. Having opened Kors’ spring 2022 show outdoors at Tavern on the Green, the 26-year-old Jenner is shown wearing a structured pencil skirt and bra top, a gingham pullover and brief and a sequined hand-embroidered gown with playful cutouts. With the iconic Chrysler Building and New York City skyline in the background, the images look to take the viewer from day to night.

Kendall Jenner stars in Michael Kors’ spring campaign.
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In addition to ready-to-wear, Jenner models the sleek Audrey market bag, the modernist Audrey bucket bag and the woven straw Gramercy minaudière. In footwear, the kitten mule and stiletto sling-back are featured.

Kendall Jenner is the face of the spring Michael Kors campaign.
Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

The campaign will appear on global social media platforms, digital outlets and in outdoor media placement, along with print ads in spring issues.

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Studio 54 Takes Hulaween

Studio 54 Takes Hulaween

“Halston doesn’t go out without his entourage.”In all of his years judging the Hulaween costume contest, New York Restoration Project board member Michael Kors had never handed out an award to his own group — but this year’s event on Friday night was a special case. “I am totally juiced by this theme, as you can see,” said Kors, wearing a long red scarf and black wig. The theme was Boogie Frights, and the NYRP board had all jumped onboard the Studio 54 train with Kors, who was dressed as his fellow designer Halston. He was accompanied by a Rollerena, Disco Sally, Elsa Peretti, Liza Minnelli, Diane Von Furstenberg and Björn Borg. Kors’ husband, Lance LePere, who was honored with the organization’s Wind Beneath My Wings Award, had opted to dress up as the Swedish tennis player. “Well, everyone wanted [Borg],” Kors riffed onstage at Cipriani South Street, as he revealed the group as runners up for best group costume.

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The best individual costume winner was an Andy Warhol, and the runner-up was a Bianca Jagger on Her White Horse. Gang’s all there!
“I heard that it was a ‘70s theme,” said Gloria Gaynor on Friday night. The disco-era icon only had to dress as herself to stay on-theme. “So I went and got my vintage ‘70s outfit. I know it’s vintage ‘70s, because it’s mine, and I had it back in the ‘70s,” she added.
Later in the evening, the “I Will Survive” singer performed a live set for the enthused crowd after dinner. “I think it’s really important; the trees are life and breath for everybody,” said Gaynor of her support for NYRP, which creates and maintains greenspaces in the city. “Everytime I see people wasting bags and just using them unnecessarily, it gets on my nerves.”
NYRP founder Bette Midler’s daughter, Sophie Von Haselberg, had sustainability on her mind when selecting her costume for the evening.
“Initially I wanted to renew, reuse, recycle, so I thought that I would use something that I already had and then maybe zhuzh it up in some way,” said Von Haselberg, who later switched tacks and decided to rent her gold-striped bodysuit. “Then, you know, it won’t end up hanging in my closet for four years and I won’t wear it again. I just wanted to go in sequins and feel festive and feel disco-y. And then I really tried to crimp my hair, but I did it myself and I ended up in full-blown hair metal bands. So it went a little awry, but it’s fine.”
Von Haselberg has been a longtime Hulaween attendee — she was at the very first one, back in its Waldorf-Astoria days. “Rosie O’Donnell was the emcee and, I mean, they’ve gotten wilder in certain ways and less wild in other ways, but those first five or six were crazy and really fun and just very irreverent.”
Missing the event for the first time was Midler herself — but the actress had a good reason, and one still Halloween-related. “She’s about to start shooting ‘Hocus Pocus 2,’” said Von Haselberg.
Singer Kim Petras took the night’s costume theme in a different — and decidedly more Halloween — direction.
“Michael Myers is one of the most iconic characters born in the ‘70s,” said Petras. “So I had to bust him out, a little knife nails,” she added, flashing her long nail extensions. “But I wanted to make him hot and trans. I’m Michaela Myers tonight.”

Gloria Gaynor
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Michael Kors Unveils Exclusive MKC x 007 Capsule, Campaign

Michael Kors Unveils Exclusive MKC x 007 Capsule, Campaign

Michael Kors has met his match.
Kors is partnering with the 007 film franchise and their 25th James Bond film, “No Time to Die,” introducing a limited-edition capsule collection featuring the Michael Kors Collection Bancroft satchel. The three-piece capsule will be available in select Michael Kors stores around the world, on michaelkors.com and on the franchise’s official online store, 007Store.com, available today.
The capsule consists of the MKC x 007Bond Bancroft satchel crafted in calf leather, the Bond Carryall in calf leather and the Bond Duffel in luggage-hued cotton canvas. A polished MKC x 007 plaque is placed in the interior lining and the bags feature an exclusive MKC x 007 leather luggage tag. They are all crafted exclusively in Italy for the film.

Moviegoers will be able to get a glimpse of the capsule on the big screen when Moneypenny, played by British actress Naomie Harris, a BAFTA and Academy Award nominee, sports the Bond Bancroft satchel in the film.

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“Jet-set glamour, sophistication, speed, energy — these are all words that come to mind when you think about the world of James Bond,” said Michael Kors. “They’re also at the core of our brand DNA. This collaboration was really the perfect union of fashion and film.”
In addition, Kors will unveil a campaign video to celebrate the launch. Shot in Milan and directed by Brando De Sica, the video, which also stars Harris, is filled with adventure, suspense and intrigue, and shows a delivery ride through the streets of Milan, a top-secret message and a mysterious package. It’s up to Moneypenny to decode the message and discover what’s inside the box. And in the world of James Bond, nothing is ever as it seems.
The video culminates with the reveal of the Michael Kors Collection Bond Bancroft satchel that Moneypenney carries in the film. The campaign launches today and appears on the brand’s digital marketing channels and social media platforms. “No Time to Die” will be in movie theaters on Sept. 30 in the U.K. through Universal Pictures International and in the U.S. on Oct. 8 from MGM via their United Artists Releasing banner.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
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Joshua Schulman Named CEO of Michael Kors Brand, Will Succeed John Idol in September 2022 as CEO of Capri Holdings

Joshua Schulman Named CEO of Michael Kors Brand, Will Succeed John Idol in September 2022 as CEO of Capri Holdings

Joshua Schulman has been named chief executive officer of the Michael Kors brand effective today, and will succeed John D. Idol as chief executive officer of Capri Holdings in September 2022 when Idol will step up to executive chairman.Initially, Schulman, 50, will be responsible for all aspects of the Michael Kors brand globally, reporting directly to Idol, the 62-year-old chairman and CEO of Capri Holdings.
Rumors were swirling last November that Schulman might make the jump to Capri after his non-compete expired, as reported in WWD.
Schulman had previously been president and CEO of the Coach brand from 2017 to 2020. Earlier, he was with Neiman Marcus Group as president of Bergdorf Goodman from 2012 to 2017, and had assumed additional responsibility for NMG International with the acquisition of Mytheresa.com in 2014. From 2007 to 2012, Schulman was CEO of Jimmy Choo. Previously, he held senior posts in global fashion and luxury brands including Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci.

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“I am thrilled to have Josh join Capri Holdings as CEO of the Michael Kors brand. Josh is an outstanding leader with brand retail experience, industry depth and a proven track record of successfully operating and growing luxury brands,” Idol said.
“I am delighted to join Capri as CEO of Michael Kors,” Schulman said. “I have long admired Michael’s design vision and how the brand creates timeless fashion and embodies jet set glamour. I look forward to working closely with him and the talented Michael Kors management team to build upon the long-standing success of the brand.”
In September 2022, Schulman will also be appointed to the Capri Holdings’ board of directors. Upon Schulman’s appointment as CEO of Capri Holdings, Idol will work closely with Schulman to transition the role of CEO and continue to provide overall leadership to the board of directors.

Joshua Schulman and John Idol
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According to Idol, “Josh’s appointment is part of a thoughtfully planned leadership succession. Over the course of the next year, Josh will immerse himself in the Michael Kors brand.” In September, 2022, he steps up to ceo of Capri.  “The board and I are confident in Josh’s unique abilities to lead Capri Holdings. His results driven leadership style and passion for building consumer-centric global brands will be instrumental in maximizing the full potential of our three luxury fashion houses,” said Idol.
“We believe our plan will allow for a smooth CEO transition next fall. I look forward to partnering with Josh on the overall strategic direction for the group as well as on potential strategic acquisitions,” said Idol.
“I am honored and excited to assume the role of CEO of Capri Holdings next year,” added Schulman. “Capri Holdings has uniquely positioned itself as a leading global fashion luxury group. I have tremendous respect of what the teams have accomplished across the three founder-led brands. I believe in the strategic vision for Capri Holdings and I look forward to partnering with Jon and the board in leading Capri Holdings through its next phase of growth.”
Capri, whose brands include Kors, Versace and Jimmy Choo, generated revenues of $4.1 billion for the year ended March 27 and revenues of $5.6 billion in the year just before the pandemic.

In an analyst meeting last June, Capri executives laid out some ambitious plans such as growing the accessories business to about 50 percent of total revenues across the portfolio an opening more stores.
“We are an accessories-led company first,” Idol said, pointing out that while ready-to-wear  ill continue to be an important part of Capri’s growth strategy, the company will focus on small leather goods and handbags, as well as brick-and-mortar real estate.
Analysts applauded the passing of the baton to Schulman, who enjoys a good reputation in the industry and has long been seen as building up to one of the coveted spots as a public company ceo in fashion.
Ike Boruchow, Wells Fargo analyst, wrote in a research note, “Given Mr. Schulman’s strong track record (particularly as the president of Coach) and a Michael Kors business that has been somewhat volatile through the years, we believe investors will view the announcement as a positive to the CPRI [Capri Holdings Ltd.] story. Mr. Schulman was instrumental in Coach’s turnaround and is an admired and respected leader within the fashion industry, and we believe he is the ideal candidate to lead CPRI into the next stage of growth.”
Boruchow noted that prior to Schulman’s arrival at Coach, the brand had been struggling and revenues had been shrinking for several years. “However, shortly after his arrival, the brand began to positively inflect – bringing the brand back to positive comps (primarily in the full-price channel) and market share gains. Further we believe much of Coach’s current success goes back to the strategies and changes that Mr. Schulman implemented during his tenure, including a focus on digital and improving brand health.”
According to Boruchow, “CPRI business  (and the stock’s multiple) has clearly been pressured over the years; however the recent turnaround efforts, now combined with fresh leadership, will add more duration to the ball thesis here. Lastly, Mr. Schulman’s experience and success at luxury brands/retailers aligns well with CPRI’s strategy to focus growth on its luxury assets, Versace and Jimmy Choo.”
According to a research note from BMO Capital Markets, “We see this as a strong positive as Josh applies his successful tenure to CPRI’s already impressive momentum. We reiterate  CPRI as one of our top ideas and expect Josh to begin an exciting next chapter building off of John’s already compelling trajectory.”

The note stated that Idol passes the mantle to Schulman “from a clear position of strength, with Michael Kors stabilizing as (still) one of the largest brands in history, sitting alongside an increasingly exciting luxury story as Versace propels and Jimmy Choo works its way up.”
“Mr. Idol deserves clear credit for creating one of history’s largest and most profitable brands, then assembling a portfolio of quality brands. Through a strategic focus on channel (DTC, wholesale and notably  licensing)  product and geographic diversification, he built CPRI from the ground up and passes the baton to a very well-respected leader at an exciting time,” according to BMO Capital Markets.

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Join Yasmine Sabri in Embracing This Summer’s Boldest Trend with These Animal Print Dresses

Join Yasmine Sabri in Embracing This Summer’s Boldest Trend with These Animal Print Dresses

Animal print — a trend that emerges stronger than ever just when you think it is no longer around — is making a bold return for summer. Spotted all over the 2021 spring/summer runways, from zebra prints at Bottega Veneta and leopard prints at Tom Ford, the pattern holds plenty of style potential. Unconvinced? Take a look at Egyptian actor Yasmine Sabri’s leopard print maxi dress which made a strong case for the trend taking stars and It-girls by storm.
Wearing the pattern is all about the colors and the way the pieces are styled. While minimalists can add a statement patterned accessory to elevate their outfits, maximalists can go big by mixing and matching different prints. As it crops up nearly every season, it’s safe to say that animal prints are an investment and fashion risk all in one. If Sabri’s holiday look has inspired you, scroll through our edit of 10 animal print dresses you can embrace the trend in.
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Michael Kors Releases MK40 Reissue Capsule for 40th Anniversary

Michael Kors Releases MK40 Reissue Capsule for 40th Anniversary

“Timeless” is one of the adjectives often used to describe Michael Kors’ designs over the past four decades.
In recognition of his 40th anniversary, the designer has begun selling a special MK40 capsule collection featuring a selection of pieces from seasons past that Kors has recreated for today.
Originally shown on the fall 2021 runway in Times Square in April, each garment has a special QR code sewn inside. Upon scanning, the QR codes will direct customers to the fall 2021 Michael Kors Collection microsite at michaelkors-collection.com, where they will find exclusive stories about the pieces, including archival photos, personal and historical anecdotes and videos of Kors speaking about the specific looks.

The MK40 Reissue Capsule is being released in Michael Kors Collection stores and on michaelkors.com in monthly drops. Some pieces have started to arrive in stores and will continue to be delivered throughout this month and September. Retail prices range from $690 for a skirt to $9,900 for a gown.
This marks the first time in the brand’s 40-year history that Kors will reissue items from his archives.
“The MK40 Reissue Capsule combines timeless fashion, modern technology and a little bit of storytelling all at the same time. When you scan the QR code, you’ll  be able to connect with the garment’s history and have a piece of that story right in your closet,” said Kors.

He handpicked the designs, consisting of styles the company says exemplify the brand. Each piece in the capsule has a unique story, many tying back to the supermodels and stars who wore them.

A black gown with palette hand embroidery and marabou feathers from Michael Kors’ MK40 capsule. A similar, but much heavier dress was worn by Maggie Rizer in fall 2000. 
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“I selected a lot of really iconic pieces, all of which are over 20 years old. Everything from a Swarovski diamond-encrusted slipdress from the resort 1990 collection that Madonna wore [on the] Women of the Year cover of Glamour to a fabulous cherry patent leather coat that Cindy Crawford first debuted in our spring 1991 runway show. I think we all have to remember that the best fashion, it’s not fast fashion, it’s fashion that lasts and gets better with time. Each garment in this capsule has an unforgettable story attached to it, and with the QR code technology, we’ve found a fantastic way to connect with the past and bring these heirloom styles to the next generation,” said Kors.

A white slipdress with crystal hand embroidery from the MK40 capsule. A similar version was worn by Madonna on the cover of Glamour in 1990. 

Among the styles in the capsule are an ivory/black zebra intarsia shearling coat, black cashmere turtleneck and an ivory/black zebra wool jacquard skirt from fall 1994, a mahogany plonge coat from fall 1991, and white silk georgette kimono gown with paillette hand embroidery from fall 1992 — all interpreted for today.
On the microsite, for example, there’s a description of a double-faced cashgora halter wrap dress from fall 1991. “This camel double-faced cashgora wrap dress debuted on the fall 1991 runway, worn by British model Gail Elliott. Its unique design is a quintessentially Michael Kors marriage of meticulous tailoring with a modern twist. Referencing the silhouette of a traditional men’s bathrobe and rendered in Michael’s favorite neutral shade of camel, this style’s plunging halter neckline transforms it into a sexy statement dress. In the 40th anniversary collection, the designer elongated the dress’ hemline, but styled it sans jacket to emphasize its alluring appeal.”

Michael Kors’ halter wrap dress for fall 2021. 
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Model Gail Elliott in the Michael Kors wrap dress from fall 1991. 
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Kors added on the site: “This dress is fashion’s answer to having your cake and eating it, too.”
For the black-and-white zebra look, which originally was worn by Danish supermodel Helena Christensen on the runway in fall 1994, Kors explained that he modernized it with a handcrafted intarsia shearing bathrobe coat, black eight-ply pullover and a black-and-white zebra wool jacquard miniskirt. “I think every woman should own at least one animal-print item. My attitude has always been, go big or go home,” said Kors, on the microsite.
He described a gold bonded leather trench in the capsule that he showed in fall 1991: “No wardrobe is complete without the perfect trench. It’s the epitome of timeless chic — a blend of practical and polished that you can wear almost everywhere.”
When Kors showed his 40th anniversary collection in Times Square in April, he showed these pieces from past collections, which was a feat because he had practically no archives. For example, Bella Hadid’s red patent balmacaan coat was originally worn by Cindy Crawford on the spring 1991 runway, and the QR feature includes a snippet of video of her walking in it.

Bella Hadid in the red patent balmacaan coat. 
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Cindy Crawford in the red balmacaan jacket from Michael Kors’ spring 1991 collection. 
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“I picked things that I thought truly stood the test of time,” he said in April. “Before there were cellphones in the front row at fashion shows, there was applause. When Cindy turned the corner in that coat, the room went crazy.”
In discussing last week why he decided to embark on this project and what the experience was like revisiting these looks over the last 40 years, Kors said, “Well, of course during lockdown, we had a lot of time to think about things. When I started my business, I really didn’t think that I’d ever be here 40 years later, and I didn’t actually take very good care of my archive pieces. My 40th anniversary made me really think: What has Michael Kors stood for for 40 years? My answer is [that] Michael Kors has always stood for something that’s timeless but exciting. I really thought, how do we push the envelope on pieces that I know are going to be wonderful and timeless, not just next week, not just next month, perhaps 20 years from now, 30 years from how, but still give you energy and glamour.”

As for what he learned about the timelessness of the collection, Kors noted that a few things have definitely been consistent over the years. “There’s certainly a yin-and-yang balance between opulence and simplicity, something laid-back and at the same time definitely glamorous. Neutrals have always been a mainstay of Michael Kors, and I think a mainstay of our customers’ wardrobes. Glorious neutral shades: beautiful camels, chocolate brown, ivory, black, shades of gray.”
But perhaps the most surprising thing in going through the archival looks was the women who wore the clothes. “One of the things I realized when I thought about my 40 years is just the amazing variety of people that I’ve dressed. You know, when I think of the women who have worn Michael Kors — women of all ages, women of all sizes, women of all nationalities and backgrounds…it’s incredible. That’s one of the things that gives me the greatest pleasure as a designer: dressing this huge variety of people and seeing them all feel and look great,” said Kors.
 
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