The international retail expansion circuit recently took Michael Kors to Turkey, where the designer was struck by the counterpoint of modern architecture and classic Ottoman opulence. So, he packaged luxurious ornamentation on sleek, streamlined silhouettes for a resort collection of the utmost Korsian glamour. It was rooted in a bounty of gold that came splashed across a graphic black ikat bell dress, crinkled to perfection on a crushed panne velvet shift, and as micro chains and studs embroidered on a lace skirt. “When you go to Istanbul, whatever you think is glamorous jewelry in the rest of the world is considered daytime there,” said Kors, who bejeweled the necklines of jackets and dresses and the chunky mid-heels on the stellar (and seemingly comfortable) gladiator sandals.

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