Michael Kors wanted to honour Broadway with his star-studded 40th anniversary show.
The American designer, who is a huge theatre and musical fan, is celebrating his brand's milestone with a live show in New York's Times Square, with a little help from Naomi Campbell, Bella Hadid, and Ashley Graham, as well as Broadway icons including Billy Porter.
The models are the stars of his short film – shot inside the famous Shubert theatre – which introduces his fall collection, and also serves as a love letter to the beloved theatre district, which has been shut down for over a year since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The heartbeat of New York is the Theater District, and to see it just stopped was hard to comprehend because New York doesn’t stop," Kors told WWD, before revealing that he hopes his highly-anticipated presentation will capture the glamour of Broadway.
“It’s about that opening-night feeling... I want everyone to have this fabulous night out where you have an amazing dinner and drinks at Sardi’s, with theatre history oozing out of the walls, then you hit the street, strut your stuff and show off,” he explained.
Kors said it was "overwhelming" to be back working, and said the set of the two-day shoot was abuzz with excitement.
"Being in the fashion community again, with people we have collaborated with forever, hair, make-up... models, it felt like this surreal party. And being in Times Square at midnight, and seeing the energy return – and that’s without theatre and restaurants – it really shows you peoples’ pent-up desire," he shared.
However, he's still desperate to see a return of the live show, complete with a star-studded front row.
“We’ve been watching theatre streaming in our house, it’s not the same. And while we were filming this, watching the models strutting their stuff on-screen, I kept wishing the audience could be there," Kors confessed.
To celebrate the release of the anniversary collection, the designer will be donating to the The Actors Fund, which helps more than 17,000 people in the hard-hit entertainment industry every year.