by Stephen Garner

All-American optimism was the theme of Michael Kors’ spring 2020 runway show, which took place on Wednesday morning at the Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn. From the show space, which was transformed into a green, sun-dappled park, to a moving musical performance by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, the show was a celebration of the American dream.

The collection itself was filled with reimagined classics for modern times. The powerful romanticism of the 1940s was felt throughout, with notes of crisp tailoring and the urban polish of uniform dressing.

“I am a native New Yorker and I wanted this show to highlight the strength and optimism and can-do attitude of our city,” said Kors. “The collection explores the balance of pragmatism and charm and power and romance that is at the core of American fashion. It is a celebration of the diversity of American style and beauty.”

After arriving at the Duggal Greenhouse, guests were invited to step inside a special photo set offering a stylized take on a classic picnic. They then took their seats on benches inside the runway show venue, which had been transformed into a park using live maple, ash and oak trees rented from Long Island area nurseries.  

This year’s runway show featured a performance by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, conducted by Francisco J. Nunez. On a mission to provide children of all cultural and economic backgrounds with music education, the chorus seeks to fulfill each child’s potential while enriching the community.

The spring 2020 Michael Kors Collection runway show was live-streamed direct from NYC to Michael Kors’ international audience across MichaelKors.com, YouTube Live, Twitter LIVE, Instagram Live, and Facebook LIVE, as well as Kakao and Weibo.