In the sartorial space, neutral colors like beige, grey, and cream tend to materialize in traditional silhouettes and wardrobe staples like pencil skirts, trousers, and trench coats. And that makes sense. Neutral basics are the foundation of a well-edited wardrobe; they are the canvas upon which a masterpiece ensemble is created.
This fall, Michael Kors is definitely feeling neutrals, but to call his fall 2010 collection a menagerie of mundane monochromatics would be a gross misinterpretation. While the collection is composed exclusively of earth-toned neutrals—woolly beiges, camel cashmere, heavenly heathered greys, and cognac-colored leather—it is far from basic. On the contrary: it is a testament to the impact even the most subdued tones have when combined with rich texture and clean, well-cut lines.
Kors’ fall 2010 collection, which featured ready-to-wear for both men and women, debuted at New York Fashion Week on February 17, 2010. Slouchy suede boots (which are becoming a theme in the fall collections) were shown with skirts and dresses of every possible length. Menswear was neat and masculine; I loved all the coats worn by the guys in the show. Like many other collections, suede, leather, and fur were a motif—it’s looking like fall 2010 will be all about pieces that beg to be touched.
I’m sure Kors’ scrumptious, cowl-necked sweaters and bunched knee socks seduced more than one fashionista in attendance at the show. With the blizzard that hit fashion week in New York this year, I’d wager that a fair chunk of the audience was wishing it could wrap itself up in one of Kors’ fall ensembles, like now.