Michael Kors Is Leaving New York Fashion Week and Will Not Be Having a Runway Show

Alexander P. Ary
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Designer Michael Kors walks the runway during the Michael Kors Collection Spring 2019 Runway Show at Pier 17 on September 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Designer Michael Kors walks the runway during the Michael Kors Collection Spring 2019 Runway Show at Pier 17 on September 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for Michael Kors)

Michael Kors is the latest designer to opt out of New York Fashion Week for the upcoming season in September. In the past, Michael Kors’s shows have often opened the final day of shows in NYC, but all of that has changed due to COVID-19 and the fashion community wanting a more consumer-focused format for Fashion Week. Now, the designer will be joining the likes of Gucci, and he is rethinking the brand’s Fashion Week structure.

In a statement, the designer stated: “I have for a long time thought that the fashion calendar needs to change. It’s exciting for me to see the open dialogue within the fashion community about the calendar – from Giorgio Armani to Dries Van Noten to Gucci to YSL to major retailers around the globe – about ways in which we can slow down the process and improve the way we work. We’ve all had time to reflect and analyze things, and I think many agree that it’s time for a new approach for a new era,” he said. As for when the designer will be showing his next collection, he went on to say “Keeping all of this in mind, we will also be reassessing when the fall collection is released to the press and the public – most likely sometime between mid-March and mid-April.”

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