by Evelina Mavrides
Exactly one week since New York Fashion Week opened in Roosevelt Island with Kanye West, the city’s fashion masters have finally taken over. “I’m still old school – the idea that clothes should put you in a better mood – I am an optimist at heart,” said Michael Kors as he took his bow while the audience was still cheering both the colourful, wearable collection and singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright singing “Come On, Get Happy”.
Quoting the famous song of James.F.Hanley, Zing! went the string of fashion hearts as the Kors clothes, jacquard florals, fresh white dresses or even shorts and tops swimsuits, walked a runway set in squares, so that everyone from Chinese film star Yang Mi to Michael’s mother were fighting ”Kore to Kore” to have a front row vantage point.
Kors showed a number of romantic blouses in azalea florals; with puffed, or sequin sleeves; covered in chiffon ruffles, or in simple fluid white crepe with delicate rows of buttons running from wrist to shoulder. Like the off-the-shoulder trend, the decorated sleeve can be worn by all ages and sizes. And it’s a logical next step for the tricked out shirt-as-status symbol phenomenon, which is already all over the streets this week. Although Kors has yet to fully commit to the ‘see now, buy now’ model, several of the runway styles shown are available in stores now. The designer calls his approach, “ready-to-wear, ready-to-buy.” “When you watch the spring shows—it’s still warm outside, you’ve still got your summer tan, lots of women haven’t put away their sandals yet. My customers want something they can put on right away,” he says. “That’s what this is, something for now and for later.” When Yang Mi was asked why she liked Michael Kors “simple, easy to wear, nice colours, good handbags” was her reply. Maybe other designers should remember that most women (even movie stars) want clothes that look good, feel good and work for them.
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