Michael Kors, one of New York Fashion Week's key players, has announced that he won't be participating in the fashion event.
This year's spring 2021 shows are slated for the week of Sept. 14 but Kors is opting out. Instead, the brand could show its Spring 2021 collection somewhere between mid-October and mid-November.
“I have for a long time thought that the fashion calendar needs to change," Kors told Vogue in a statement. "It's exciting for me to see the open dialogue within the fashion community about the calendar— from Giorgio Armani to Dries Van Noten to Gucci to YSL to major retailers around the globe—about ways in which we can slow down the process and improve the way we work."
He continued, "We've all had time to reflect and analyze things, and I think many agree that it's time for a new approach for a new era."
Michael Kors is now looking to present just two collections a year. Top designers usually participate in up to six annual shows including everything from haute couture to ready-to-wear collections.
Michael Kors has also been impacted by shutdowns related to COVID-19. The brand has experienced a mix of unsold merchandise as well as delayed production and delivery service -- all due to the pandemic.
Kors explained, “It is imperative that we give the consumer time to absorb the fall deliveries, which will just be arriving in September, and not confuse them with an overabundance of additional ideas, new seasons, products and images."