Once the Michael Kors Fashion Show is over, designers everywhere begin scrambling to design for the smaller department store brands. Let’s face it Michael Kors writes the book on American Fashion down to the last mirrored handbag and plexi-heeled pump. For Spring 2013 the color palette will be primary, as in RED, YELLOW, BLUE, GREEN. There will be some stripes and checks sprinkled in, to jazz things up, not to worry. Beyond “preppy” this collection spells out a basic wardrobe for the season. You may add and subtract but this will be the base. It is amazing how he captures the American vibe and puts together a collection of this magnitude. Remember, even though Miami Olivia concentrates on women’s fashion, there were just as many looks for men. Michael Kors leaves no one behind, as apparent by the Star Power of the Front Row (Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Camilla Belle, Katherine McPhee, Marisa Tomei, just to name a few) and the totally packed Theater at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Looks were simple lines but not so simple details both in accessories and fabric. There was even one outstanding piece where the fabric looked like the bottom of a pool. We like that. Several looks were all-over sequins. Belts were both wide and skinny, low slung and empire levels. Nothing in the collection was micro mini but there were some serious slits, even in pleated skirts. Stripes, we will have stripes. This is a definite trend for Spring 2013, as is the curious clear plastic arm band bangle. The three gowns, modeled by the Super Model Trio (Jac, Frida Gustavsson, and Karlie Kloss) that closed the show were show stoppers. Sexy cut-outs and thigh-high slits were loaded with glamour and Red Carpet potential. Michael sticks to his own rules. What Michael doesn’t teach us on Project Runway, he shows us at his Fashion Shows. Make glamorous clothing that people want to wear. End of Story.
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