Hollywood A-list front row for NYC fashion royalty
Billionaire New York designer Michael Kors mixed California ease with urbane romance, unveiling a soft, laid-back collection for fall/winter 2014 in front of Hollywood stars.
Actresses Blake Lively and Freida Pinto sat front row next to silver screen legend Michael Douglas as models powered down the runway in floaty blouses and full skirts, diaphanous chiffon and fringed sweaters.
Kors, who entered the industry stratosphere after listing his company on Wall Street in 2011, was one of the biggest draws of New York Fashion Week, which comes to a close on Thursday.
He described his collection as a "blend of urban polish with laid back northern California ease" and as "urbane romance".
"Soft, fluid skirts, dresses and blouses juxtaposed with borrowed from the boys tailoring," he said in his notes.
He offered artisanal embellishment for the day and sleek simplicity for the night, a mix of plaids, tweeds and python.
The clothes were worn with clogs or chunky city sandals -- or black platforms with a ballet-shoe ribbon lace-up strap.
He presented his show in a TriBeCa loft that offered a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows.
There were peasant blouses with scooped neck lines, floaty printed dresses, sequined skirts and oversized sweaters. Looks were cinched at the waist with circular buckle belts.
At the end of the show, Kors ran out in black, doing a lap of honor round the U-shaped catwalk waving to the applauding crowd.
Besides his luxury "Michael Kors" label, Kors also offers the more accessible "MICHAEL" and "KORS" with a big emphasis on accessories -- bags, jewelry, watches, sunglasses and footwear.
He has an ardent following among America's trend setters, from celebrity Kim Kardashian to First Lady Michelle Obama, and has designed clothes for actresses that have appeared on film and TV.