Michael Kors is celebrating the fashion house’s 40th anniversary with a Times Square-based digital presentation. To show his fall/winter 2021 collection, Kors asked models like Bella Hadid, Ashley Graham, Irina Shayk, and Naomi Campbell to wear glamorous looks while walking through NYC’s theater district. The Big Apple location is no accident — Kors has supported the theater industry for years.

A lifelong fan of Broadway, Kors wanted to channel the “opening-night feeling”, and has opened up about missing going to the theatre amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He told WWD: “The heartbeat of New York is the Theatre District, and to see it just stopped was hard to comprehend because New York doesn’t stop 

Michael Kors RTW Fall 2021 Preview

On the industry re-opening again and shooting the film, the designer explained: “It was overwhelming — 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 added: “It was important to support people behind the scenes, because they don’t have an exact date back … So many people have had to leave town, to move home. We’ve seen that all around the world in every large city. Hopefully we can keep the talent because I think we will have a resurgence of young people wanting to bring back theatre and art and music and fashion.”