Romancing the Runway

Michael Kors shows the love with classically chic spring 2014 collection

Michael Kors shows the love with classic spring 2014 collection

Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Michael Kors Look 1,2
Michael Kors led with a linen crepe jacket and dance skirt for her and linen double-breasted blazer and wide-leg trousers for him. Photo courtesy of Michael Kors
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Michael Kors Look 55
Model Karlie Kloss wears a Michael Kors nutmeg/white stretch jersey mini-paillette vine bandeau gown. Photo courtesy of Michael Kors
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Michael Kors Look 36
Along with a traditional Chesterfield coat, Kors featured a skirt with two slits. Photo courtesy of Michael Kors
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Michael Kors Look 21
Michael Kors chambray cashmere/cotton cardigan, batik lace bandeau and dance skirt. Photo courtesy of Michael Kors
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Michael Kors Look 14
Michael Kors raffia hand-embroidered skirt and bandeau with denim jacket. Photo courtesy of Michael Kors
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 designer Michael Kors
Photo by © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Michael Kors
Photo by © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Michael Kors Look 1,2
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Michael Kors Look 55
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Michael Kors Look 36
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Michael Kors Look 21
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Michael Kors Look 14
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 designer Michael Kors
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Michael Kors

Michael Kors is a billionaire — or close to it — so it makes sense that he believes in investment dressing, albeit with a romantic touch. The 54-year-old designer, who is worth at least $950 million since his company went public in late 2011, has built an empire based on creating good-looking and aspirational American sportswear.

His spring 2014 collection, which he debuted in New York before an audience that included Katie Holmes and Kate Mara, features classic clothing — crisp blazers, slouchy gabardine trousers, striped silk blouses, linen dresses and sensible trenches — that will look as good five years from now as it does today.

"If Katharine Hepburn and Lauren Hutton had a baby, this would be their love child," said Kors about his collection.

Backstage afterward, he was quick with a quip, just as he always was on Project Runway, telling a USA Today reporter about his collection. "If Katharine Hepburn and Lauren Hutton had a baby, this would be their love child," he said.

Amid the impeccably tailored traditional pieces, Kors added his own twist. Some skirts featured two slits in the front to show a little more leg, a "flirt skirt" and cap-sleeve T-shirt were crafted from python, hand-embroidered daisies dotted a high-waisted bikini, and raffia hand-embroidered flowers added pizzazz to a linen dress.

As a line-up of famous models — Joan Smalls, Karolina Kurkova, Carmen Kass, Karlie Kloss, Hilary Rhoda and Karen Elson — walked the runway, Bette Midler's sensual version of "Do You Wanna Dance?" and Mama Cass Elliott's "Dream A Little Dream of Me" wafted though the loudspeakers, providing an appropriate soundtrack.

In a green-and-white vine-printed halter gown, with a white Chesterfield coat loosely over her shoulders, Elson closed the show with a smile. She looked like a happy woman at the end of a great formal evening with her guy.

But what was he wearing? We're not sure. Kors' runway collection usually shows quite a bit of men's clothing, but this time only five of the 56 looks were aimed at men.