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Kors pulled all the stops and brought everyone to Pier 17 for the show

Located in the Seaport District in downtown New York, the hulking glass structure offers sweeping views of the city’s East River and the famous Brooklyn Bridge that stretches like a giant serpent over it. But alas, like many other American designers before him who had probably banked on clear skies to add nuance to their staging, it was not to be—the city and her inhabitants woke up to a foggy morning that followed two days of non-stop rain. Nonetheless, the sight of the Big Apple’s skyline shrouded in mist only emphasised the summery vibe of the clothes.

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Travel formed the backbone of the collection

Wanderlust emerged as one of the biggest themes at New York Fashion Week, and Kors also spoke to our insatiable desire to see the world with an outing dedicated to the adventurous spirit and style of today’s globe-trotters. “I wanted the show to feel like a global getaway,” explained Kors. “I find travel to be the ultimate inspiration and this collection takes a little bit from all of my favourite destinations around the world.” The designer proposed brocade jackets, resort-ready dresses (the evening-meets-swimwear version sported on Gigi Hadid left a deep impression), denim-and-suede combinations with a bohemian attitude, or sweatshirts that embodied the surf life.

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Diversity is key

“I can’t imagine a world where everyone looks the same,” Kors said in a pre-show interview. Besides a collection that offered plenty of options in its eclectic and colourful mix, Kors followed up with a cast of models that included the Hadid sisters, veterans such as Sasha Pivovarova and Joan Smalls, as well as voluptuous beauty Ashley Graham.

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Beach or boardroom, there is an accessory for any occasion

Heavy-duty fringe bags, floral headscarves, woven platform sandals… Kors and his team made sure there was something for everyone. Come next season, look out for a new capsule bag collection featuring colourful artworks by Christina Zimpel, an Australian art director-turned artist who is noted for her bold strokes and use of colour.