Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2013 | Pictures

Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2013

Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2013 | Pictures

Sugar and spice and everything nice: that's what the Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2013 woman is made of. Kors examined that classic duality by combining ladylike lace pencil skirts and floral dresses with tougher elements, like a black leather jacket featuring aggressive metal hardware.

Kors found his muse in the actress Scarlett Johansson. "Scarlett takes me to Elizabeth Taylor, which takes me to Ava Gardner, and to Madonna. It's the idea of sugar and spice," he said. That Johansson will star in two productions set in the '50s and '60s this year — Broadway's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and the new Alfred Hitchcock biopic Hitchcock — may have informed his midcentury silhouettes. Mink lapels rested on a round-shouldered black wool coat and a boxy green tweed jacket, and cigarette pants cropped above the ankle abounded where A-line skirts and pencil skirts did not.

The finishing touches in the collection helped drive the point home: leather renditions of the opera glove in black and white and cat-eye sunglasses added punctuation to an already well-articulated collection.

Photos courtesy of Michael Kors