10:15 a.m. Susie Bubble just brushed Anna Wintour’s arm while trying to get to her seat at the Michael Kors show and looks scared for her life. She flees the scene fast.
10:20 a.m. The flashing lights are blinding — and for good reason. Finally a legitimate A-list-filled front row at fashion week: Blake Lively, Freida Pinto, Rose Bryn and Michael Douglas squeeze into a bench together.
10:30 a.m. Want to know why Michael Kors’ business is growing like gangbusters? (The designer made headlines recently for entering the billionaires club.) Study today’s collection of lust-worthy clothes with everyday appeal.
Kors, known for his luxurious sportswear, scaled back the power dressing for fall. His high-strung New Yorker leaves the Big Apple for a trip out west — Big Sur to be specific. There she hangs out with her bohemian best friend, throws her hair up in a messy romantic knot and the two share wardrobe favorites and styling tips. The result: a collection of timeless pieces that perfectly blends urban sophistication with a wind-in-my-hair ease. Take, for example, the cool chambray separates with luxe fox furs that opened the show. They’re polished, yet casual. The sentiment continues with a swinging suede fringe skirt paired with chunky ombre pullover — the knits in this collection, cozy oversize sweaters and belted cardigans are by far the standouts —a flannel suit with boyishly low-slung trousers and — cashmere sweatpants!
For eveningwear, he showed diaphanous smocked dresses, some in shimmering fabrics, sequined numbers and one lacy prairie skirt that misses the hippy-chic boat thanks to the addition of a chic sleeveless pea coat.
There’s a confident grace to the collection. It’s for women who are over the trends and know classic, effortless style like 40-year-old beauty Carolyn Murphy, who opened the show.