NEW YORK — If there is a Michael Kors show at New York Fashion Week, there will be celebrities — hello there, Will Smith. Rachel Zoe, who also showed on Wednesday, drew Miley Cyrus to her presentation, and Naeem Khan’s buddy Matt Damon sat front row on Tuesday night. With all the celebrities, sometimes it’s easy to forget why everyone came in the first place. Oh, right, the clothes. (For more photos and coverage, see today’s Gand our blog, www.boston.com/style
“Urban athleticism” is how Kors described his show, and he filtered that concept through taxi-cab yellow perforated felt skirts, neon orange placket coats, royal blue cashmere pullovers, and a whole lot of zippers. He populated the runway with a mix of athletic wear-inspired colors and textures, alongside cashmere cardigans. It reflects the way we dress today, only much more chic. Kors would not send sweats down a runway alongside Dior-silhouette skirts, but he has tapped into our desire to be comfortable in gym-friendly colors. He also presented eveningwear, such as a drop-dead sexy black mink slashed stole with a double-face zip skirt. The message is that his woman can go from the office to the treadmill with a tug of the zipper.
Yes, that was Damon at Khan’s show Tuesday night. No, he was not there to choose a dress for when he wins a 2014 Golden Globe for his upcoming turn as Liberace’s lover in the HBO biopic “Behind the Candelabra.” But Khan needed little supporting for his show of cohesive and stunning red-carpet-ready gowns. His workmanship, eye for detail, and use of diaphanous chiffons and silks resulted in one of the most sophisticated collections of the week. The sparse deep color choices helped his crystal-encrusted details sparkle. Black and navy gave way to peacock blue as he drew from inspirations as varied as the Byzantine Empire to illustrations of the 1920s.
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