Proof: Nobody Does American Classic Better Than Michael Kors
Before we fell in love with him (again) for his honest critiques on 10 seasons of Project Runway, we already knew Michael Kors as the quintessential all-American designer with an affinity for the classics and collections inspired by his travels.
For consistent sophistication and undeniably chic outerwear, women look to his cozy cashmere turtlenecks, glam evening gowns, and ladylike trousers — all of which are impeccably tailored. Over the past 30 years, he has built one of the most famous lifestyle brands in fashion, and after looking through his memorable collections, it's no wonder Mr. Kors has garnered quite the following. Catch up on Kors, and get excited for what's to come for Spring 2015.
Fall was all about where Big Sur meets the big city, which translated to lush browns, charcoals, and sables in lush textures like alpaca, tweed, and, of course, plenty of fur.
Fringe made an appearance, peeking out from beneath long sweaters.
Kors also played with sheer lace panels and full skirts and dresses sported beneath outwear.
Kors sent a sharp, '40s-inspired shorts suit down the Spring runway.
Ladylike with a decidedly sexy spin for Spring '14.
A little bit sexy, modern, and totally sleek.
Camouflage got a bold update on the runway.
Graphic horizontal stripes added optical interest to a classic silhouette.
Dramatic collars and wide belts reinvented sheath dresses.
Colorful pieces in swirling, tie-dye like prints kept things lively for Spring.
This slick trench-style jacket from Kors's collection showcased two of Fall's biggest trends: leather and fur.
Michael Kors added a touch of luxe to a cozy flannel jacket for Fall '12.
We couldn't get enough of the safari-inspired accessories, including the leather "Tanzania" messenger bag, strappy gladiator flat sandals, and wide leather belts.
Michael Kors took us on an African safari for Spring '12, complete with zebra prints and safari button-ups.
The collection was punctuated with a menswear-inspired vibe.
Michael featured fur and long, lithe jumpsuits for Fall '11.
The effortless-chic collection reflected how the average woman wants to dress.
Most recently, Michael showed supersexy leather-wrapped bathing suits and buttery wrap sandals.
Michael showed floor-length fur coats, suede trousers, and chunky cashmere knits.
Fall was all about the sexy, wild woman.
He also featured off-kilter sweatshirts and knee-length skirts.
The Spring 2010 collection was totally architectural — Michael played with plastic insets and origami folding.
He also featured fur coats and classic cashmere turtlenecks.
Michael crafted sleek one-shoulder dresses, accessorized with waist belts and chic ankle booties.
Fall 2009 came with a shock of neon.
He showed gingham, polka dots, and stripes — making for a truly timeless collection.
Michael put a twist on American classics for Spring '09.
And slim-fitting frocks with an undeniably retro flair.
Fall '08 was all about the '60s debutante: Michael showed flowy full-length gowns . . .
He offered up splashy prints and sexy silhouettes.
For Spring '08, Michael was inspired by "late '70s and early '80s advertising".
His flapper-esque fringe cocktail number was the star of the show.
Silky dresses and sky-high heels gave the collection a party-girl vibe.
For Fall, Michael showed bundled-up looks with lots of tweed, cashmere, and fur.
His colorblock jersey dresses made a huge impact.
For Spring '07, Michael cinched full-length gowns with wide leather belts for a touch of casual glamour.
With art deco glamour.
Fall's collection was mix of East Coast preppy . . .
Safari-inspired colors and slouchy silhouettes felt rich.
Spring 2006 brought high-waisted eyelet bikini bottoms.
Vintage-inspired cocktail dresses were shown in Fall '05.
As well as fierce animal prints.
Spring '05 was inspired by Michael's frequent trips to Greece. He showed polished, breezy stripes . . .
Fluttery silk dresses punctuated the collection.
Fall 2004 was all about bold, luxe fabrics (and lots of fur).
Colorful full-length jersey dresses brought a beachy-chic vibe to the collection.
Spring '04 was jet-set luxe.
Chocolate brown fringe miniskirts were a big draw.
For Fall, it was about flirty cocktail dresses and leather touches.
Michael featured knee-length polo dresses and accessorized with chic flats and golf gloves.
The Spring '03 collection was inspired by Lauren Bacall's understated sex appeal . . .