Best shows from NYFW FW18: Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs

Best shows from NYFW FW18: Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs

New York Fashion Week: Day 7

Text: Veronika Bondarenko

Michael Kors aims to please the crowd and Marc Jacobs goes big. Really big

The collection: Audrey Hepburn, Maria Von Trapp and the Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini. All were icons and all served as inspiration on the latest Michael Kors runway; each with a singular influence in a mélange of colour, pattern and form. The designer served a buffet of his bookmarked patterns; plaids, florals, animal prints and even cameo made appearances. With looks such as the blue dress decorated with both polka dots and flowers (look 25) and structured leopard trench coat (look 12), this was not the season for restraint — instead, the collection showed how style molds to its time.

Upon closer inspection: One varsity shirt (look 74) was emblazoned with the numbers 19 on the front and 81 on the back — or 1981, the year Kors started his brand.

Front row: Emily Blunt, Blake Lively and Zendaya took time off their Valentine's Day plans to show Kors support.

The collection: Step right up for a circus of dramatic colour and even more dramatic form. Setting out to honour his lifelong muse Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs turned his latest collection into an explosion of giant rumpled collars (looks 7 and 10), leotard sweaters (look 40) and jewel-colored outerwear (looks 1 and 2). Some of the most extravagant fashions of the 1980s were resurrected here — pieces like the circus-color suit (look 26) and black and magenta gown with a huge single taffeta sleeve (look 44) were almost theatrical in nature. 

The soundtrack: In true carnivàle, xylophone sounds transitioned into more rousing scores as the show went on.

Special note: The showstopping hair — in razor sharp cuts, candy shades and sometimes hidden behind overwhelming flattop hats — gave the clothes a run for their money.

All coverage from New York Fashion Week fall/winter 2018.

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