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.