Add Michael Kors to the growing list of New York designers who will be hosting live shows in September.Kors said today that in support of New York Fashion Week in September, he will present his spring 2022 Michael Kors collection as a live, in-person runway show on September 10 at 10 a.m. has yet to be decided, and the plan is for it to be an intimate spectacle.
The show will also be animated virtually via a digital experience that will be broadcast simultaneously on michaelkors-collection.com.
“This is an important time for New York City, and we are proud to support the city and the industry during New York Fashion Week this season,” said Kors. “I am delighted that live performances will return across New York this fall, and look forward to presenting my collection to a live audience.”
New York Fashion Week runs from September 8 to 12.
As reported, for Kors’ 40th anniversary show in April, the creator assembled “a cavalcade of Broadway legends,” such as Chita Rivera and Billy Porter for a live pre-show in Times Square. They presented her fall collector’s film, which starred Naomi Campbell, Precious Lee, Irina Shayk, Ashley Graham and Bella Hadid, among others. The idea was to recognize the struggle of the Broadway community and pitch for live performances.
Tom Ford, chairman of the Fashion Designers Council of America, said earlier this month he was looking forward to a “meaningful return to live shows.” He plans to host a live parade in New York City, as reported. Ford noted that the live shows will provide an opportunity to “reaffirm the resilience and independence of American and New York fashion as a global fashion force.”
The CFDA said it expects the week to feature a return to in-person shows produced under New York state health guidelines, as well as a continuation of digital collection shows.
Several American designers have said they will host a live show in September, such as Tory Burch, Jeremy Scott, Thom Browne, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, Gabriela Hearst, Markarian and Jonathan Simkhai. Others, including Ralph Lauren, have yet to reveal their plans.
As reported earlier this month, fashion brands and designers such as Telfar, Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Altuzarra, Brandon Maxwell, Prabal Gurung, Sergio Hudson, Monse, Jason Wu, LaQuan Smith and Markarian are teaming up with IMG to the Fashion Alliance, a group of American fashion brands committed to showing at IMG NYFW: The Shows for the next three seasons.
IMG will invest in the efforts of these designers at NYFW, providing them with funding, content and production support to help them bring their creative visions to life each season. The alliance begins in September and runs through 2022. The alliance’s goal is “to help revitalize NYFW, celebrate the continued unity and ingenuity of the American fashion community, and advocate for artistic talent showcased on the New York world stage, ”according to IMG.