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Michael Kors’ upbeat mood is reflected in his collection

/ 02:39 PM September 14, 2018

Fashion from the Michael Kors collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Wednesday Sept. 12, 2018 in New York. Image: AP/Bebeto Matthews

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Kors’ response to these turbulent times is to provide a dose of effervescence to lift the mood — and that was certainly the case with his New York Fashion Week show.

The event, which drew celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tiffany Haddish, Iman and Hailee Steinfeld in the front row, featured a collection that had romance, color and a dose of the flirty.

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“I believe that the world, everyone thinks that the world is at odds with each other and quite frankly I think the world is getting smaller, and so this is sort of a global getaway,” he said of his vibe.

“It’s the melange of things you find around the world but it’s all about optimism. I think there’s too much sadness. I think a lot of people think for fashion to be chic, it has to be sad. I don’t believe that,” Kors added backstage before Wednesday’s show.

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Kors travels the globe, and it was those adventures that inspired his tropical florals, ruffle skirts and looks in silk mesh and cashmere.

“These are clothes that are built for a fast life and it’s really the sprinkle of influences from around the world, so there’s a little bit of Rio, there’s a little south of France, there’s a little Australia. A little L.A. All of it together and when you’re stuck in a gray city, you know we dream of turquoise water and blue skies and a sunny day.”

Models strutted the runway in mixed prints and bright colors that included lemon-lime, watermelon, turquoise and tangerine. Gigi Hadid closed the show in a black sequin viscose jersey bikini gown. Her younger sister, Bella, walked too, in a white floral jacket with a black crushed silk georgette blouse, complete with a white floral cargo short.

Ashley Graham walked in a crushed georgette ruffle dress.

Kors is known around the world. He said he’s conscious of having a global consumer. In fact, it keeps things more interesting.

“I find it a lot more exciting to actually think about just this wonderful mosaic of different women of different ages of different nationalities, and also with their own sense of style. I think if I do my job well you could be 17 or you could be 85,” he said. “You could be any size or live anywhere in the world and have a lot of style and look great.” CC

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