Designers from the celebrity world put modern touches to classics on the runways on Wednesday as New York Fashion Week was drawing to a close.
Michael Kors brought the pin-up model look up to date with pleats and fur, while Hollywood stylist-turned-designer Rachel Zoe freshened up sheaths and tailored trousers with a safari inspiration.
Zoe used stamped crocodile leather and paired tattered denim with tailored jackets, but kept the classically feminine in mind with a lace cut-out dress in blush pink and a mint-green laser-cut sheath that would suit her clients Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Garner.
Kors, who has become a fashion household name as a judge on the television show “Project Runway,” painted his classic looks with retro-urbane elegance.
He put a white fox chubby wrap atop a silk georgette blouse and a slit linen skirt, and added a sable wrap over a pearl cashmere-and-cotton sweatshirt and cotton trousers.
Backstage at his show, Kors said his collection provides a way to “be casual and laid back and have that sort of romantic easy attitude, but still have glamour and luxury.”
Kors’s show is always a magnet for celebrities. Sitting front row were actresses Kate Mara and Katie Holmes.
His pearl cashmere and cotton crocheted dress and cardigan showed less leg than did his flirty slit skirts, and a white linen gauze turtleneck left nothing to the imagination.
“White automatically puts you in a great mood,” he said.
Images of a pin-up at the beach – the way Kors described his collection – no doubt inspired the floral bandeau tops and high-rise shorts that would be fit for Betty Grable.
The collection included crepe dresses with metal studs small enough to retain and enhance a feminine look. Variations on linen trenches and leather clutches showed the sharp tailoring and soft fluidity that remain part of Kors’s signature style.
Not to be outdone, the Subway sandwich chain poked some fun at New York Fashion Week by hosting “Project Subway,” which challenged up-and-coming designers to transform napkins, straws, sandwich wrappers and other shop paraphernalia into fashion.
One designer created a strapless gown with a skirt of plastic sandwich wrappers and a bodice of straws, while another used pizza boxes to build a full skirt, topped with a bustier of Subway gift cards and two strategically placed salad bowls.