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<STRONG>NEW YORK —</STRONG> "Coast-to-coast couture" is how Donna Karan describes her resort collection. She pulled inspiration from art, looking to "redefine the classics in a seasonless kind of way" The result? Delicate draped gowns,...

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NEW YORK — “Coast-to-coast couture” is how Donna Karan describes her resort collection. She pulled inspiration from art, looking to “redefine the classics in a seasonless kind of way” The result? Delicate draped gowns, raffia-embroidered skirts and rounded-shoulder jackets, or, as Karan says, “sculpture with a twist” By molding and manipulating pieces, she played with tailored, structured shapes and soft, flowing confections — all without being tricky. “Resort is my favorite season — I’m a beach boy” That said, Michael Kors whipped up the perfect travel wardrobe because, as the designer puts it, “This customer is rich and is going away” Inspired by Gloria Guinness, Kors delivered the requisite black-tunic-and-white-trousers combo, but also showed an assortment of fresh blue-and-white prints: sundresses, caftans and jackets in coral or porcelain motifs. And never one to shy away from glamour and decadence, Kors made sure to place plenty of hardware and embellishments on swimsuits, especially the knockout zebra-patterned bikini. He quipped, “Now you don’t have to wear your jewelry to the beach”

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