Michael Kors is as traditional and classic a purveyor of American sportswear as you’ll ever find, so when even he is exploring modernism, you know it’s genuinely where the industry is headed. Kors is world-famous for his timeless, wearable separates and sleek evening dresses, and sleek is in fact a perfect word to describe Michael Kors Spring 2013. From striped knits to ensembles covered with digital prints of clouds and pools, the trim shapes in bold, preppy colors were clearly looking forward.
To say that the collection only had the future in mind, though, would be overly simplistic; there was also a heavy dose of 60s graphic idealism in the clothes, particularly in the stark way that colors were juxtaposed against white and black (and sometimes, against each other). In the end, though, it was more modern than mod. One only needs to take a look at Karlie Kloss’s slim black finale dress to know which era won out.