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New York Fashion Week: For those who secretly still have an Amex Black, there's Michael Kors

February 18, 2010 |  6:00 am
In New York City, if you still have money, the last thing you want to do is flaunt it. So for his Park Avenue princesses this fall, designer Michael Kors served up stealth luxe in the form of classic American sports wear pared down to its essence.

A camel-colored mohair cowl neck pullover sweater as fluffy as a cloud, a camel coat in wrinkly crushed cashmere with a lived-in, 'this old thing?' look, and trousers that casually bunch down over platform sandals. Because while there aren't a lot of women who would dare wear gobs of jewelry these days, there are some who might wear sandals in winter--a status symbol that says, ever so quietly, 'I have a car and driver.'
Sweater dressing made a comeback, with a gold Lurex knit sweater dress with an exaggerated cowl neck, and a loden green cashmere tube skirt worn with a silk marocaine blouse tucked in. Other key pieces? A metallic tweed blazer, crushed flannel sweatpants and a camel suede wrap skirt.

Furs weren't of the polished, full-length mink variety, but rather the wild and wooly coyote vest variety, expressing a new kind of unkempt glamour mirrored in the model's tangled tresses. (For those wanting to go even more under the radar--or just pinch their pennies--there were fur-trimmed clutch purses, too.)

And in a week when there have been precious few evening gowns on the runway, Kors didn't buck the trend too much, offering a couple of floor-sweeping, stretchy sequin styles, and a more compelling two-piece evening ensemble of a deep V-neck black cashmere bodysuit tucked into a black sequin fishtail skirt. 

Another advantage to all the sweater dressing? It makes traveling easier when you absolutely have to fly commercial.

-- Booth Moore in New York

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Photos: Looks from Michael Kors' fall/winter 2010 runway collection. Photo credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times