Michael Kors’ spring sojourn took him to his self-proclaimed secondhome. “We’re West Coast dreaming,” he said in a preview. Rather than gobeachy-casual, Kors looked to the midcentury architectural geniusesLautner and Neutra, funneling their geometric bravado through his ownoptimistic viewpoint. “I like it half full,” he reminded. In otherwords, he played into the season’s emerging Mod moment with bold colorand a burst of graphic zest. And what’s more optimistic than a beautifulblue sky? A beautiful blue sky photo printed on pants. Any girl who canhandle buoyant clouds floating across her posterior must be happy.


As always, Kors opened with a girl-guy pair, both in stripedsweaters, hers a red-and-navy bodysuit paired with a crisp,zipped-to-the-waist navy skirt. This led into a parade of audaciousvibrance: a shift in red, white and blue blocks that popped; a stripedsweater over pants that were khaki coming and bright red going; aswimsuit in why-decide stripes — red and navy on top, green and navy onthe bottom. Worked in among the sportif were some just-retro-enough ladylooks, mostly sleek, structured coats, suits and dresses in brightwhite and brighter solids (red, green, canary yellow). The only quietinterlude came at night in a trio of languid black crepe gowns with glamcutouts.

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