A bit of sportswear shopping was in order on Wednesday, June 12, as Michael Kors hosted a private event at his Madison Avenue store for members of the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT. Michael Kors, an alumni of the Fashion Institution of Technology has been very supportive of the school throughout his career.
Sixty guests*** filed into Kors’ Madison Avenue store, with the women all seeming to be on a mission to find an outfit from the Pre-Fall 2013 Collection. Before the special Pre-Fall 2013 presentation, Liz Peek, Chairman of FIT’s Board, introduced Kors and congratulated him on behalf of the board for upcoming honor. Michael Kors will receive the Artistry of Fashion Award at the annual Couture Council Luncheon on September 4th at the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.
Several guests came to the event wearing the designer’s clothes including both 2013 Couture Luncheon Co-Chairs Kamie Lightburn & Jieun Wax wore pieces from the Pre-Fall 2013 collection; Yaz Hernandez (Couture Council Chair) wore a two-tone contrast –Panel Ponte dress; Alexandra Lebenthal wore yellow zipper dress; Kay Facatselis wore a black Off-The Shoulder top; Nancy Shaw wore an emerald green featherweight wool shrug with a sleeveless Wool-Crepe dress.
Michael Kors gave a 30-minute presentation of his Pre-Fall 2013 Collection about what inspired the collection. He also talked about what it means to be a true sports-wear designer. While presenting the 25 looks he also interjected with how the women could incorporate a piece of the look into their year round wardrobes. After the presentation Kors spent time shopping with the ladies and gave a few style tips on "how to wear" his clothing.
Do look for the ladies that attend the September 4th Awards Luncheon to wear a look from the Pre-Fall 2013 Collection.
***noteworthy guests included Kate Allen, Aundrea Amine, Deborah Chatman, Dina DeLuca Chartouni, Carole Divet Harting, Webb Egerton, Nikki Erlick, Jim Erlick, Landy Erlick, Paige Ethington Hardy, Olivia Flatto, Joele Frank, Michele Gerber Klein, Jamie Gordon, Catherine Gund, Celia Hegyi, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Laurie Kasowitz, Eleanora Kennedy, Lance LePere, Stephanie Loeffler, Julie Macklowe, Christina McInerney, Chesley McLaren, Laura Mitchelson, Roseanne Morrison, Peter Panagiotopoulos, Emma Pennington, Arielle Picheny, Barbara Prawolzik, Barbara Regna, Nicole Reynolds, Cindy Rinfret, Joseph Roloyn, Wilbur Ross, Hilary Ross, Jean Shafiroff, Patricia Shiah, Valerie Steele, Jacqueline Togut, Mary Turano and Debra Wasser.
****The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) will honor Michael Kors with its 2013 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at a benefit luncheon at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, New York City. The event will be underwritten by American Express. As has become the tradition, this luncheon heralds the arrival of Fall Fashion Week
*photos courtesy of Jonthan Ziegler/Patrick McMullan