This penultimate day of New York Fashion Week is really trying its best to make us ponder the meaning of it all. At least, we’ve had plenty of time to do so, given that the first show of the day, Michael Kors ran an hour late (shocking even for fashion standards). 'Who are we waiting for?' people wondered in indignation with just the right dose of excitement. Nobody as it turned out - a model had fallen sick backstage. Eventually, we got down to business as usual and that was pretty much what this collection offered too.
There is an undeniable attraction to the Michael Kors woman and her lifestyle. So relaxed and elegant and serene – an hour’s wait would definitely not faze her, with her beautifully messy hair and romantic layers of silk georgette blouses nonchalantly belted (even the belts are in no rush) into floral embroidered skirts and strappy sandals. The sight of Erin O’Connor (always a delight) in a black gabardine coat over a white poplin shirt, long cuff ties traipsing the floor and crinkled white trousers, hinted at something more striking to come but alas, it did not. A poppy floral theme dominated, in print and as embellishment on frill-tiered prairie dresses in red, blue and white. American pastoral. The cleaner looks, the black suits teamed with a silk blouse and brooches on their lapels that matched the pins in the models’ hair or a straw-hued perforated suede trench coat, showed off the luxurious ease that Kors knows and does so well. The silk georgette and Chantilly lace finale dresses were lovely and then everyone rushed to the exit.