Michael Kors Got High on Highlighters And Everyone Liked It

As Michael Kors‘ show began this morning, it looked just as we had expected with classic silhouettes, precise tailoring, and a resurgence of 80s cuts in blacks, browns and grays. But then—hello!—a Big Bird-like feather coat in neon green appeared on the runway. Then magenta. Then a highlighter orange.

At first we were concerned. But as each new color emerged, we noticed a collective smile in the stands as the audience was nudged awake by the whimsical color scheme. And at the end, as Mr. Kors pranced around the entire double runway, Anna Wintour, seated next to Hamish Bowles, was wearing a full-on smile (no teeth, of course) and clapping her hands.

As Michael Kors‘ show began this morning, it looked just as we had expected with classic silhouettes, precise tailoring, and a resurgence of 80s cuts in blacks, browns and grays. But then—hello!—a Big Bird-like feather coat in neon green appeared on the runway. Then magenta. Then a highlighter orange.

At first we were concerned. But as each new color emerged, we noticed a collective smile in the stands as the audience was nudged awake by the whimsical color scheme. And at the end, as Mr. Kors pranced around the entire double runway, Anna Wintour, seated next to Hamish Bowles, was wearing a full-on smile (no teeth, of course) and clapping her hands. 

For Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, who had just flown in from a skiing trip, this was her first fashion show this season. 

“I always come to Michael’s shows,” she told the Daily Transom. “He has this amazing energy and you feel it in his clothes and the show. It’s always wonderful to see.” (Ms. Lauder Zinterhofer will also be sitting front row at Zac Posen tomorrow night.) 

Mr. Kors’ show was very light on celebrities; models Molly Sims and Heidi Klum seemed to get most of the attention. 

“It’s like playing classical dress-up. If you want to have your Grace Kelly or your Audrey Hepburn, he puts that into your wardrobe,” Ms. Sims told Daily Transom before the show began. “The necklines and the simpleness of it and you know, it’s luxurious. For designers, the more that they have fun and show the fantasy right now, the better.”

After the show was finished, 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski, whose Fuchsia Michael Kors dress matched the collection, was equally pleased by the sunny palette.

“I loved the 80′s neon! Did you?” the Daily Transom overheard her saying.