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