LIFESTYLE

Michael Kors goes old-school intimate for fashion week salon

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — It's the men's turn.

New York Fashion Week has always celebrated the glamour of women's fashion, but has relegated menswear to a supporting role. This week, building on a growing public appetite for men's fashion, the industry is putting on the first stand-alone men's fashion week in New York in nearly two decades (a brief attempt fizzled in the late '90s.)

Here are some highlights of New York Fashion Week: Men's.

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MICHAEL KORS TAKES AN ISLAND VACATION

The affable Kors went old school, presenting each of 27 looks himself, salon-style, to intimate groups of fashion editors, buyers and media.

The goal: to outfit the Kors man for a quick island getaway, from Capri to Catalina. He departs in black — a crushed-cotton blazer, tank and loose single-pleated trouser — and changes upon arrival into all white seersucker that has the ease of cozy pajamas.

No linings or shoulder pads here. And Kors was feeling tactile in fabrics that included chambray linen, along with an Anorak you can actually wear when it's wet.

"We all have a closet full of raincoats that you can't wear in the rain," he said to laughs.

Banter might as well be Kors' middle name. He did it well when presenting a cashmere pullover and long cardigan sweater.

"The weather is crazy," he said, echoing feedback from retailers. "We need sweaters all year round. We need cotton in the winter. We need wool in the summer. Forget the rules!"

Kors worked for spring 2016 in a range of Mediterranean blues, whites that included ecru and ivory, and a brown the color of peanuts.

He was going for polish in unstructured casual, using linen and cotton blends, traditional pinstriping in unstructured silhouettes and accessories that included a reversible tote with suede on one side.

Collars are meant to be open and anything goes these days, he said, noting: "I think my grandma thought air conditioning was just an excuse for another fur jacket."

— Leanne Italie