The designer announced on sunday that he has opted out of New York Fashion Week, scheduled this year for the week of September 14, in favor of a spring 2021 presentation in the mid-October to mid-November time frame, and Kors’s announcement, was prompted by the coronavirus lockdowns, which kept shoppers out of stores, resulting in much unsold merchandise.
Additionally, Kors will produce two collections per year for the Michael Kors Collection, one for spring/summer and one for fall/winter. Eliminating resort and pre-fall would mean a streamlining of themes, and, the thinking goes, a more streamlined approach on the sales floor.
Kors’s absence will leave a significant hole in the already condensed New York Fashion Week calendar this September, he’s one of the week’s tent poles. Will his exit precipitate further departures as other designers reconsider their own deliveries.