Anywhere you look, you're likely to spot the initials "MK" hanging on a handbag. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? For the brand-conscious, this kind of popularity takes its toll on exclusivity. Too commercial, eh? Such goods have probably been knocked off many times over in China. But this season is different for the brand...
Scouting out the tableau of mannequins exhibited inside the Liang Yi Museum in Hong Kong, I imagined being whisked away into a blue-sky holiday, a joyous song booming in the background. Romantic and giddy at the same time. Thanks to Michael Kors Spring 2015 collection for these sun-kissed reveries; its selection is brimming with daffodils, wisteria and geraniums, embroideries, stripes and graphic ginghams, plus “a sportif take on romanticism.”
“You know, Michael himself is very optimistic; he’s always happy—very passionate,” Sarah Leung, Michael Kors Senior Regional PR and Communications Manager, explains. “He likes to give you happiness,” she adds.
A closer look and a number of pieces have managed to seduce me—in this case, not just the physical emergence of the romantic embellishments on '50s-inspired silhouettes, but also the craftsmanship that went into creating the pieces.
“All the dresses are actually handmade. This, for example took a total of 880 hours to complete,” Sarah continues, pointing to an appliquéd flower-strewn tulle skirt. If my math is correct, that’s about 36 days; but considering an artisan works only nine hours a day, that totals around 98 days. For one skirt.
The number of hours clocked in by the artisans to make these lovely garments heighten our appreciation for handmade pieces.
On one level, this is just fashion—perhaps, designer duds that come with a hefty price tag to brag about for some. But there’s something ineffable about the clothes displayed that added to their charm and to their value, greater than their actual cost. Michael Kors returned to tactile sensibilities, appealing to a growing taste for handmade goodness. And while the modern world has become so technology-driven, the collection places ingenuity back in the hands of the craftsmen instead of machines.
A closer look: A mix of plastic sew-on stones, round plastic sequins, boiled sequins, floret sequins, faceted bi-cone beads, glass seed beads and laser-cut crepe de chine petals makes up the beautiful embellishments.
Another look and I light up. Indeed, there is no substitute for the quality of a product lovingly made and well executed by hardworking hands. Optimistic chic… Blue skies ahead… Spring 2015.
Click on the gallery to view the complete Michael Kors Spring 2015 collection.