2015-09-21 / In Focus

Fashion week

Michael Kors and Marchesa shine in New York
The Associated Press


The Associated Press is all over New York Fashion Week, from the runways to celebrities as eight days of spring previews entered their seventh day Wednesday.


Elegance, the Michael Kors way for spring, doesn't mean kid gloves, boning and tight dresses.

The designer had a more "earthy elegance" on his mind for the feminine Michael Kors Collection — a more creative, artistic energy like Georgia O'Keeffe and Elsa Peretti, the Italian model turned jewelry designer.

He sewed fluttery petaled flowers on dresses and offered sheer kicky pleats on dresses in classic red, blue, black and white. Wide black leather belts and grommets along skirts and hems provided strength.

"I wanted to have that balance of the two things, think about things that were in fact very soft and romantic and feminine, but take them down-to-earth and make them work in a modern way," Kors said in an interview. "It's all about things that move with the wind, and juxtapose all of that with sort of borrowed from the boys kind of tailoring that feels easy."

MARCHESA’S STUNNING OPULENCE MARCHESA’S STUNNING OPULENCE It hasn't been an easy year for the lovable Kors. His competition is amped up, discounting is deep and his stock was down. How is he holding up?

"I'm an optimistic guy, you know? I think that's how I approach fashion. I still believe that when people put the right thing on it changes them," Kors said. "It changes your spirit, it changes your step. I've seen a woman try on a dress and suddenly stand up straight."

He acknowledges customers are shopping lots of different ways.

"I think we're all adjusting to the fact that it is a new world," Kors said.

Among his front row guests were Naomi Watts and Olivia Wilde. And Kendall Jenner was among his walkers.

"I always love the drama in the front row in the shows and seeing how they're presenting their new ideas. It's fun," Watts said.

Sitting in the front row, Wilde said, is always fun, but a little stressful.

"I just focus the whole time on not tripping the models," she said. "Don't trip them! Don't trip them! You know, it's a lot like sitting courtside at a basketball game, you just can't believe how tall they are."

Leanne Italie and Nicole Evatt


Walking into the Marchesa show at the St. Regis Hotel off Fifth Avenue, a guest in a cocktail dress balanced a martini with her purse. And why not? The Marchesa show is all about luxury.

Designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig never shy away from full-on glamour — after all, they're aiming squarely for the red carpet — and their show was full of opulent gowns heavy on tulle, feathers, sequins, jeweled beading, lace and embroidery. A few of the most glamorous ballgowns had large trains — one of them in particular, in ombre pastels, so long that it presented a runway challenge for even the most experienced of models.

The theme, according to the show notes, was an aviary garden, or "a botanical menagerie of caged birds and cascading florals placed under a cascading midnight sky."

"Step into a garden," the designers wrote, "of hand-dipped dyed ombre tulle and organza in dusty mint, soft yellows and coral offset by smoky blue grays, charcoal hues, and bursts of fuchsia ..."

Also making an appearance at Wednesday's show: Marchesa's new footwear line, with shoes made of materials like alligator and python leathers, some with Swarovski crystals or laser cut detailing.

It's no surprise that celebrities are fans of Marchesa, and guests at the show included Bette Midler (sitting next to Chapman's husband, Harvey Weinstein), Jennifer Hudson, Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men," Alyssa Milano and Anna Sophia Robb, among others.

Robb said the clothes made her feel "like I'm in a fairytale. It is just everything I would dream of if I was a little kid. What would I want to wear? Sparkles, lace, silk..."

Jocelyn Noveck and Gina Abdy

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