WIN­TER IS COM­ING

If you need rea­sons to grab your pass­port and jet off to colder climes, Michael Kors has plenty in his au­tumn/ win­ter col­lec­tion

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Michael Kors has built an em­pire by cater­ing for women who live the kind of jet­set­ting life where sum­mer is end­less, yet in many ways it’s the Au­tumn/Win­ter sea­son when his tal­ents really shine. Lush fab­rics, so­phis­ti­cated lay­er­ing and rich colours are a nat­u­ral play­ground for the New York de­signer who got his start dress­ing the women of the Up­per East Side. To­day, Michael Kors dresses women from Mum­bai to Malaysia, yet all are united by their con­fi­dence, their global outlook and their fre­quent flyer miles. This sea­son, Kors says he had two key words in mind while de­sign­ing: strength and sen­su­al­ity. These twin at­tributes rip­pled through ev­ery piece, so that even work-friendly skirts were tulip­shaped to flash a glimpse of thigh.

Hav­ing dressed his cus­tomer since 1981, Kors knows her wardrobe has enough camel over­coats, work skirts and wide-legged trousers al­ready, so this sea­son ev­ery piece needed a fresh and com­pelling sell­ing point. The re­sult: a col­lec­tion that feels more fash­ion for­ward than some of the past. The over­coat has arm slits so it can be worn across the shoul­ders with­out fall­ing into a pud­dle, the blaz­ers are over­sized and soft-shoul­dered.

Sen­su­al­ity of a less overt but no less ap­peal­ing de­sign could be found in the tone-on-tone looks, whether the cash­mere sweater dress, woollen gloves, suede boots and stud­ded bag all in a cool, pale grey, or the black midi skirt and cropped knit, worn with slouchy knee-high boots, cropped fur jacket, and waist-cinch­ing belt.

The sex­i­est looks were the fringed and se­quinned black dresses worn by Mica Ar­ga­naraz and Ken­dall Jen­ner; just the kind of cock­tails-to-club pieces that ev­ery woman needs, and can never get enough of. But for the woman who can be a lit­tle too much (and is proud of it), the sarong-style, plung­ing dresses in liq­uid lame gold and sil­vered an­i­mal print will be must-haves.

Strength and sen­su­al­ity car­ried into the Michael Michael Kors line, while the Michael Kors Ac­cess line of touch­screen smart­watches has a new ad­di­tion, the Sofie (we also quite like the Grayson, for men).

It was, as al­ways with Kors, a citys­mart, so­phis­ti­cated col­lec­tion, but not with­out a sense of play­ful­ness. Witness the el­e­ments of ’80s soft rock in the high shine an­i­mal prints and soft drap­ing that re­called Dy­nasty and Poi­son in all the best ways.

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