Michael Kors designed his Resort 19’ collection with his childhood summers at the Catalina Beach Club in Atlantic Beach, New York in mind. He remembers his mom and his aunts at the club wearing extravagant clothes in a casual way- it was glamleisure about 50 years ahead of time.
Revisiting and refreshing classic American sportswear is the Kors way and has been since 1981, that features a cashmere baseball jersey emblazoned with ’19’ on the front and ’81’ on the back. He gave this collection a sunny spin with big, bold turquoise floral prints and black and white marinière stripes representing the two sides of what he described as a “tug of war between the painterly and the graphic.”
The use of layering pieces, as well as skirts and trousers with cut-outs at the side, the sequin shifts were modelled on block-colours, and an athletic skirt suit was made from bonded black neoprene. On the opulent side of the sportif opulence divide, there is a dress that owed much to the Catalina Beach Club- it was a 60s short-cut in silvery brocade, boasting a neckline studded with turquoise beads “so you don’t have to pack your jewellery- as Michael Kors states.”
The collection is of childhood nostalgia- with stunning styles of the past, that has been given an updated fresh appeal from Michael Kors.