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Michael Kors: Beachy Keen

Renata Espinosa
September 15th, 2010 @ 3:42 PM - New York

Sadly, it will be a full year before everyone can enjoy Michael Kors’ sunny, salty beach chic from his spring 2011 collection, which he showed to a packed house at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, Sept. 15, as New York fashion week entered the home stretch.

The collection, touting “the sexy ease of beach life,” served as a bittersweet reminder to New Yorkers that the hazy summer of ’10 was on its way out. The fast-paced parade of gauzy, wrinkled looks made you wish you were on the next train to Montauk, not Manhattan.

White linen ruled the day: there were sun-bleached (one imagines) linen tanks, trousers and blazers. And Kors couldn’t get enough of the trench coat, whether wrinkled hemp linen, “peanut” brown leather, or navy doubleface gabardine. Like many designers this week, longer hemlines were the thing here, with everything from broomstick skirts, jersey tank dresses and a kimono-sleeved khaki safari dress.

With an abundance of loose navy blazers and chunky hand-knit linen fisherman sweaters casually thrown over tanks and sarongs for those chilly nights on the yacht, Kors reinforced his notions of preppies on a seaside holiday. Periodically he took an afternoon walk through a well-groomed garden with textured skirts that looked like Astroturf, shrubbery or color punched beds of hot pink flowers.

Even Kors’ evening looks had a relaxed, beachy vibe, albeit one of pure luxury: a heather grey cashmere/cotton doubleface sweatshirt topped some crystal beaded pajama pants that one would imagine Liberace sleeping in. Or you could check into a Greek theme party with one of his super easy, slouchy silk jersey toga dresses.

On the accessories front, it was all about the flat sandal (some, with a one inch lift all around, others covering the foot with a thick slice of leather) and giant, silly straw bags that would be great for lugging atlases, or W magazine.

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