The Show Goes On With Michael Kors 40th Anniversary Collection

The Show Goes On With Michael Kors 40th Anniversary Collection

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The Show Goes On With Michael Kors 40th Anniversary Collection

Michael Kors transforms Broadway into a runway for his 40th anniversary collection.

Michael Kors transforms Broadway into a runway for his 40th anniversary collection.

Text: Lauren Gruber

There's no business like show business — fashion show business, that is! For the brand's 40th anniversary, Michael Kors invites you to a dazzling night out in NYC's Theater District to commemorate the brand's milestone.

Broadway and runway heavyweights alike unite to celebrate Michael Kors' heritage. Photos of theater stars on the cozy, dimly lit walls of Sardi's Restaurant come to life as industry icons such as Kristin Chenoweth, Billy Porter, Matt Bomer, and Bette Midler reminisce on their love for all things Michael Kors. They urge viewers to donate to the Actor's Fund and support the Broadway community — who have faced over a year of unemployment due to the pandemic. As they say, the show must go on!

Sweeping views of the NYC — the twin bridges at dusk, a bleary constellation of cab lights, glittering street signs — set the mood for the collection's debut. Empty since COVID shuttered Broadway performances, the Midtown streets are lit up again with models parading in Michael Kors.

Singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright performs a rousing, jazzy version of Liza Minelli's City Lights as supermodel Shalom Harlow opens the show, a cream-colored coat draped over her shoulders atop a silky low-cut blouse and slacks.

Plenty of beloved faces old and new — Bella Hadid, Naomi Campbell, Irina Shayk, Adut Akech, Ashley Graham and more — breathe life into the city streets, clad in the brand's timeless designs. Each piece captures the Michael Kors ethos: glamorous but wearable, classic but never stale.

The color palette screams New York City: blacks in delicious textures, sleek neutrals, and a healthy dose of red and animal print. Old-school staples — think voluminous furs, matching suit sets, and trench coats — are accented by contemporary pieces such as oversized puffer jackets, ribcage-baring cutouts, and monochrome ensembles.

Wainwright's cover of New York State Of Mind croons as the collection introduces a glittering array of eveningwear. Slinky dresses, mesmerizing metallics, and micro-mini hemlines contrast with slate grey separates. A melange of textures and prints add dynamic movement to the collection, brimming with sequins, pinstripes, houndstooth, plaid, shearling, and splashy zebra print.

For the final segment, models don black tie gowns to the tune of There's No Business Like Show Business and a reprise of City Lights. Their scintillating dresses mirror the Broadway marquees in a sea of liquescent gold, black, and silver. Models stream into a theater for the finale to watch Wainwright finish his performance. An ode to Michael Kors' 40th anniversary, the show ends in a well-deserved standing ovation.

Credits: All images courtesy of Michael Kors.

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