Storm-inspired 'chic survival' at Michael Kors

SAMANTHA CRITCHELL
The Associated Press
Modified: February 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm •  Published: February 22, 2013
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NEW YORK — Michael Kors solved a few dozen fashion emergencies last week.

His fall collection was on the drawing board in late October when Superstorm Sandy hit, putting Kors in "chic survival mode."So on Day 7 of New York Fashion Week, out came models in modern camouflage, safety orange and rubberized leather.

Kors said in a backstage interview he aimed for styles with "endurance, speed and strength, but I love elegance and glamour, and I don't want to give it up."

Before a full house that included Michael Douglas, Hilary Swank, Jada Pinkett Smith and Zoe Saldana, Kors sent out a soft royal-blue cashgora (cashmere and angora) jacket that had a placket made of black leather front and center. He paired it with a matching zipper skirt.

A black rubberized shaker-knit sweatshirt was worn with taxicab yellow track pants that had tuxedo stripes made of more black leather.

For those who need to make it to the office during a storm — literal or figurative — there was a gabardine-leather toggle coat and rubberized pullover sweater for men to wear with black cotton trousers.

For women, there was a quilted leather skirt suit. She might need one of the stiletto pumps with the fluorescent strap across the foot, almost like duct tape.