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Michael Kors Makes a Case for Barefoot Glam

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Models on the Michael Kors Collection spring 2018 runway.

The designer showed his spring 2018 collection at New York Fashion Week, with a serenade from Sara Bareilles.

With the most high-wattage front row so far this fashion season (Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts and Catherine Zeta-Jones, whaaaat?) plus Sara Bareilles serenading guests in their seats with such sunny songs as "Dock of the Bay" and "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman," Michael Kors celebrated "barefoot glamour" at his spring 2018 runway show, from "Manhattan to Malibu, Beverly Hills to Bora Bora."

From the man who serves up optimistic chic, this was one of his happiest shows yet, escapism when we could all use it. It was also fiercely casual, opening with a pink tie-dye cashmere sweatshirt and blanket shawl that made you want to curl up on (and bury your head in?) the sand.

These were clothes to relax in (including luxe Crocs, for real). Think scarfy shirts and dresses, even a purse with a scarf for a strap. Palm-printed linen trench coats and shirt dresses seemed to be about as dressed up as it was going to get. There was a bit of tailoring, albeit with tropical ease.

Based on a sarong, a white crepe blazer was beautifully draped to one side of the waist, worn over a matching white crepe skirt for the perfect summer suit — should you need one. And not one to ever scrimp on glam, even at the beach, Kors sent out a few dazzling sequin leaf embroidery looks, including pajama pants (worn with a button-down shirt) and a white slip dress, worn not with heels but with flip-flops (because why not?). Another real showstopper was the black shimmering sequin style worn by Kendall Jenner — a sarong so right.

My only question? Where were the drinks with those little umbrellas?

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