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Michael Kors

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AMERICAN ELEGANCE

New York: Following in the footsteps of the legendary Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors has become the go-to designer for all-American looks with sophisticated taste. This season, the designer delivered the classic looks one has come to expect, but also mixed in carefree, colorful pieces, resulting in one of his most upbeat collections in some time. Ultra-fine gauge sweaters came in both sheer turtleneck and ribbed crew neck varieties, and white straight-leg trousers made from sheer linen felt right. A menswear element appeared for pinstriped trousers, oversized button-up shirts and trench coats, but was balanced with more feminine looks, like tiered dresses and skirts in a floral print. A boxy leather skirt suit reminiscent of a Prada version from last season hinted at a 1960s influence, but the overall message was about relaxed, vacation-friendly separates. High-low hemmed skirts made from liquid silk jersey – including a standout vivid pink version paired with a matching tank – had the easy feeling of a sarong, and pressed-pleated chiffon maxi skirts were casual yet elegant. Kors’ subtle optimistic shift was right in line with the overall mood in New York this season and helped revitalize his classic looks.

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