New York Fashion Week: Michael Kors' 'sunshine state of mind'
Tapping into the zeitgeist, his collection is about getting away from the clutter, unplugging from the Internet and taking a walk in the garden or on the beach.
But Kors didn't just reference nature in color and print; he also took a step toward preserving it, by incorporating hemp, a sustainable fabric.
These were clothes for relaxing, or for "a sunshine state of mind," as Kors puts it. "The biggest luxury right now is a night at home and a clear schedule."
So he started with a clean slate of neutral basics, including a white linen gauze pullover and sarong, and an elongated hemp linen sleeveless jacket, worn with hemp Bermuda shorts. Easy, uncomplicated -- the kind of clothes that could take you on a weekend escape with just a carry-on.Then came color and texture, none of it too fussy. A smocked "shrub print" bathing suit with the look of fresh-cut grass, and a daffodil yellow popover dress would put a smile on even the most stressed-out person's face.
Even the evening clothes had the ease of lounge wear--a zinnia pink jersey sarong, worn with a matching tank top; a pair of hemp crystal beaded pajama pants topped by a heather gray cashmere cotton sweatshirt. (Is there anything more decadent than a cashmere sweatshirt?)
Maybe it's because technology is so slick that there's a certain appeal to something that's looks a little rough around the edges.
-- Booth Moore in New York