Eye on the Runway: Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2013

Another collection. Another round of desirably wearable clothes from Michael Kors.

The look of the (pre-)season was inspired by Hollywood bombshells, specifically Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming turn in the Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The curvy starlet plays Maggie the Cat, a role made famous by none other than Elizabeth Taylor. Fittingly, there were plenty of nipped waists with round hips and mid-century style shift-skirt combos — topped off with oversized cat-eye glasses to send the 1950s message home.

Retro references aside, the colors and fabrics were thoroughly modern, with touches of leather and lace to toughen things up. It appears Kors has taken a hint from the clash-and-match playbook popularized by the likes of retailer J. Crew. The patterned brocade trousers and a fuzzy floral sweater in particular looked like they’d be right at home in J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons’s closet. Considering Lyons’s legions of fashion followers, any similarities bode well for Kors at the cash register.

–Heather Corcoran

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Images: Courtesy Michael Kors