U.S. designer Michael Kors celebrated 40 years in the fashion world with a runway show dedicated to Broadway, in which supermodels such as Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen and Bella Hadid wore his new fall-winter 2021 collection, as well as Dominican models Lineisy Montero and Hiandra Martínez, from the Ossygeno Models Management agency.
With a spectacular parade in the streets of New York, Michael Kors paid tribute to Broadway, especially to the Shubert Theatre, one of the most iconic theaters in the Big Apple.
His anniversary video, which was shot at night in New York’s famous theater district, featured mannequins taking to the streets amidst illuminated signs and then coming together for a musical performance starring singer Rufus Wainwright.
Prior to the video’s broadcast from Times Square, the fashionista announced a donation to The Actors Fund organization and expressed concern for the theater industry. “Many of the incredible artists who make Broadway have been devastated by the shutdown caused by the pandemic. I am here to give back to a group of people who have given me so much. Today I am bringing my art to Broadway to help raise money for these talented professionals. A few nights ago we came to these streets, turned on the lights and shot my 40th anniversary collection,” Kors let it be known through his social media.
The 20-minute fashion film begins at Kors’ favorite restaurant, Sardi’s, where actors like Bette Midler, Billy Porter, Rosario Dawson and Chita Rivera talk expectantly in Zoom windows as pictures hanging on the wall until the designer arrives to praise them.
Then his ‘love letter’ to New York unfolds with nighttime images of Broadway and the models parading down the middle of the street in glamorous ensembles, including black, red, zebra or houndstooth print mini-dresses and sequined and furry pieces.
Kors announced last summer that it would no longer hold its usual runway shows during New York Fashion Week, joining a long list of designers who have opted for their own dates and formats to showcase their creations due to COVID-19, but also due to the changes facing the industry.
Models walk stylishly down Broadway in spectacular designs that reflect the brand’s DNA. Long-sleeved dresses full of sequins, combined with maxi coats down to the feet, and metallic mini-dresses mixed with oversize blazers are the main protagonists of a collection that bets on the ‘total looks’ monochrome.