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Michael Kors gets relaxed at New York Fashion Week

A model wears a creation by designer Michael

A model wears a creation by designer Michael Kors during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. (Sept. 11, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

Seems that Michael Kors, of razor-sharp tailoring and whippet slim silhouettes, wants us to relax just a bit for Spring 2014.

At his show at Lincoln Center there was a distinctive ease. Sure there were some of those famously sharp lines – the perfect coat, the shapely blazer – but there was nary a restrictive, body-clinging pencil skirt in sight. This moment was more about fluidity and slouch – wide pleated pants, airy crochet sweaters and dresses and drapey, feather-light gauze – all in organic tones of white, hemp, navy, indigo and nutmeg.

There were fabulous pinup-style bikinis – high-waisted, one embellished with jeweled daisies. An oversized boyfriend shirt was tossed on nonchalantly with a pair of indigo denim shorts, and a conservative-looking dotted skirt and blouse ensemble featured unexpected high slashes (as in, “Hello, Angelina’s leg”). Unusual, retro-looking floral prints were interspersed throughout gracing bathing suits and dresses.

Evening hung a little looser too. A black crepe number boasted a surprising diamond-shaped cutout at the clavicle and mini-pailettes – some in floral design – added glam to several looks.

It being one of the hottest days of the year, the sable neck ring and white fox chubby did not appeal, though in December maybe we’ll feel differently.