If there is one phrase that sums up the spring season so far at New York Fashion Week, Michael Kors has it: "Optimistic chic."
His collection shown Wednesday morning brought many of the week's trends together, including '50s-inspired circle skirts and crop tops: garden florals and embroideries; natural hues; gingham checks; spare, simple accessories and shoes made for walking.
The look: "Blue skies ahead," as the show notes put it. "The iconic American attitude of Agnes de Mille's choreography ... the casual elegance of Louise Dahl-Wolfe's photographs."
The sweetly nostalgic collection was also undoubtedly inspired by Kors' collaboration on the new book by photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank, titled "Young Hollywood," featuring portraits of new talents using old Hollywood as an inspiration. Kors wrote the foreword to the book, and will celebrate its launch with a party in L.A. next month.
Key pieces: Circle or "dance skirt" with white floral embroidery. Daffodil yellow balmacaan jacket and indigo cuffed jeans. Grass green gingham halter dress.
Geranium print poplin tie front dress. Floral embroidered dance skirt with button down shirt tucked in. Cashmere corsage sweater and hemp linen capri pants. White lace dress with brown leather Peter Pan collar and sculpted floral belt. Black mikado silk plunge front dress. Flat sandals with ankle ties.
The verdict: Happy clothes, models with smiles on their faces (for the most part) and the Ronettes' "Be My Baby" for a soundtrack? It was impossible not to be charmed. Fashion's billion-dollar man did it again.