There’s a reason why Michael Kors was recently inducted into the fashion billionaires club: an elite group of wildly successful designers that includes industry moguls like Ralph Lauren, Miuccia Prada and Tory Burch. Although, part of a company’s foray into billionaire status deals with the perfect stock portfolio, the biggest reason why Kors and his cash toting peers are at the top of their games is because they have mastered the concept of brand identity. This couldn’t have been more apparent with Kors’ most recent Spring/Summer 2015 collection shown at New York Fashion Week last month. Bright summer whites mingled with graphic floral prints (florals.. for spring, yes!) and peek-a-boo sheer fabrics. The flirtatious skirts were made for dancing with —now trending—below the knee lengths that incorporated ginghams and interesting appliques of tulle and black-on-black brocade.
You can’t mention skirts designed for tea-time without the name, Oscar de la Renta whose show infused the SS15 runway staple with a refreshing burst of youth. Perhaps the sheer excitement that the successful mix of downtown edge and uptown elegance the house of de la Renta commands can be best summed up by it-model, Karlie Kloss’s Instagramed backstage pic (which has reached almost 40,000 likes) with the designer during his show. The dominant colors in the collection were powder-puff-pink, citron green and an icy blue all shown beautifully on relaxed swing coats, taffeta evening gowns and skirts that bore the de la Renta signature high-low hemline. A tiered white lace skirt paired with a simple black bodice as well as several couplings of pink and green separates (one of which took a bow with the designer at the show’s end) are sure to be seen again come next year’s awards and gala season on the likes of Kerry Washington and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Donna Karan’s latest DKNY collection for SS15 continued to showcase its ability to keep a pulse on New York street wear as it marries innovation and approachability. Aptly titled, “New York Nation” Karan’s New Yorkers were decked out in graphic print on print, sporty skirts over dresses, and oversized jackets. Longer skirt lengths were present and accounted for here as well yet they were finished off with white high-tops, strappy plat and flat-formed sneakers and FKA Twigs-style pigtails, which gave the impression that these girls aren’t interested in the status quo but conversely in what’s new, now and next. Kudos to Karan, also, for using models of various colors in her show —a concept that’s, sadly, still not consistent on the runway.