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Michael Kors dreams of summer romance in chic new collection

A model displays creations by designer Michael Kors in New York on September 11, 2013
A model displays creations by designer Michael Kors during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 collection in New York on September 11, 2013.

American designer Michael Kors on Wednesday unveiled a sensuous, flirty new look for spring at New York Fashion Week, featuring slashed dresses and slit skirts.

Kors sent models down the catwalk to the sounds of Mama Cass's "Dream a Little Dream of Me" on the second-to-last day of the spring-summer 2014 fashion frenzy in the Big Apple.

He opened the show with a belted white linen crepe jacket over a gauzy white dance skirt, juxtaposing the sporty with the romantic and sharply tailored pieces with something softer.

"Summer romance...a softer attitude," Kors wrote in his show notes.

A model displays creations by designer Michael Kors in New York on September 11, 2013
A model wears a creation by designer Michael Kors during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 collection in New York on September 11, 2013.

An oversize mohair cardigan was belted over a crocheted skirt, while a double breasted short-sleeved shirt was paired with barely-there shorts in military green.

Kors looked to the animal world for inspiration, perching white fox fur on the shoulders of a model wearing a white and blue striped boyfriend shirt and high-waisted denim shorts.

Dresses were knee-length and flouncy in nutmeg or grass shades -- colors also used in prints on a bandeau and high-rise shorts, or a bikini dotted with white daisies.

He also used barley-colored python skin, either for a slit skirt paired with an indigo pullover or for a shirt.

Fashion week ends Thursday with shows by big-name designers such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs, who already unveiled his diffusion line on Tuesday.

The style spotlight then swings over to London, Milan and Paris.

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