Designer Michael Kors has announced that he will be leaving the New York Fashion Week event scheduled for September 14th. Instead, he plans to present the 2021 spring collection presentation between mid-October to November 2020.
‘I have long felt that the calendar mode needs to be changed. It is delighting for me to see the open dialogue in the fashion community of Giorgio Armani, Dries Van Noten, Gucci, ‘YSL, and major retailers around the world,’ Kors said in a statement.
‘We all have time to reflect on and analyze things, and I believe many agree that it is time for a new approach to a new era,’ he continued.
Kors’ announcement, like his designer counterparts, was triggered by a lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has distanced customers from fashion shops and left many products unsold. Not only that, pandemics and lockdowns have also caused delays in the production and delivery of autumn/winter 2020 fashion collections.
‘It is very important for us to give consumers time to be able to start autumn shipments that arrive in September and not confuse them with a wealth of ideas another, the new season, products, and pictures,’ explained Kors.
‘Before the late 1990s, the spring collection in New York was shown between late October and early November, after the collection in Paris. The calendar has been around for decades and is running quite smoothly. Especially in this day and age, with the speed of social media, we can show collections that are closed when they are sent,’ he continued.
Page Vogue wrote, through its release, Kors also said it would produce two collections per year. One for spring/summer and another for autumn/winter.
‘I think it’s also important to return to the idea that September and March are important months for launching the start of seasonal sales for consumers. With all this in mind, we will also reassess when the fall collection is released to the media and the public, most likely between the middle March and April,’ said Kors.
Kors’s absence will leave a significant hole in the New York Fashion Week calendar, which has been summarized for this September. Kors himself is one of the designers who have an important role in the annual fashion event.