Michael Kors: Sparely There

Michael Kors is a man with a minimalist point of view, and he knows how to deliver it. In the collection he showed Monday, he stayed true to his beloved camel hair, leather and flannel, this time shaping them into smart little trench and peacoats, chic day suits with A-line skirts and the smartest little mini-shift in town. He revved up his hot classics with a few leopard-printed velvet numbers that had all the class and dash one wants from Kors. He dressed his girls like ladies in suede stiletto-heeled Manolos and gloves, dyed to match the ice-cream-colored cashmere turtlenecks and Ts. But are they brave enough to face fall with bare legs as Kors showed them?

The show, held in an overheated West Side studio, began to lose its pep with the pinstriped and whipcord groups, which were nice but lacked snap, and the evening pieces, which were too repetitive. But the chocolate matte jersey tie-front column on Helena Christensen was a knockout.

Anna Sui: The Girl Who Has Everything

It was happy fashion mayhem. And Anna Sui played it for all it was worth to the delight of the hippest, highest-profile crowd in New York. Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Vanessa Williams, Lady Miss Kier and Bjork all turned out, as well as two generations of Coppolas -- Sofia and her dad, who looked so of-the-moment in his tuxedo sans tie.

And none of them came to rest their eyes. When Anna puts on a show, she goes all the way. The girl doesn't know from discretion. This was a wild, raucous romp that was filled with ideas -- not to mention every big trend, small trend and sorta trend to hit the runways this fall. And it wasn't perfect. But when you're tossing fake fur, feathers, mohair, plaids, popcorn knits, vinyl, rubber, pompon trims and plastic chains into a neon fashion stew, perfection probably isn't a realistic goal in the first place.

Anna would rather have fun -- goofs and all. She did it with cheerleaders in quilted jackets and rah-rah skirts, ski togs in white or black with body-gripping bright rubber tops, and the hottest sweaters around, all cables, knots and silly appliques. She did her part for Rescue Chic with a black fireman's coat trimmed in reflective tape, and Anna not only went to town with orange, she explained New York's chronic fascination with the color: "This winter was so cold, people really got into it, especially that hunting orange. It went with the snow."

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