NYFWM: Michael Kors' Collection Is Designed for an Island Getaway

Michael Kors NYFWM Show - H 2015
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Michael Kors NYFWM Show - H 2015

"This is the color of what he's been drinking too much of, while he's on an island sojourn," the designer joked of a rosé colored shirt jacket and scarf during his intimate presentation on Wednesday.

"First off, we are very excited that there is an official men’s fashion week," said designer Michael Kors as he unveiled his spring/summer 2016 collection to a small group of fashion editors and buyers on Wednesday morning during New York Fashion Week: Men's. "Nothing against runway shows, but I love being able to present up close and personal."

In an intimate setting, the designer explained the "island life" inspiration behind the looks, deconstructing each one himself. "You’re laid back in Capri, hopefully, or you’re on the West Coast in [Santa] Catalina [Island]," he said. "[...] We kept thinking about artists. You’ll see a little Peter Beard throughout, [Pablo] Picasso stripes. These guys knew how to do off-duty and do it well."

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Using seersucker, linens, chambrays and lightweight denims, the collection displayed subtle colors of "Mediterranean" blues, greens and stone grays. "This is the color of what he’s been drinking too much of, while he's on an island sojourn," he joked of a rosé colored shirt jacket and scarf.

The designs offered a relaxed tailoring — "no linings or shoulder pads" — featuring an array of staples (sweaters, trenches, blazers, shorts) paired with rugged sandals, boat shoes, a reversible tote and a casual yet polished backpack, while highlighting a hybrid on the pant ("where you’re feeling like [you’re wearing] a pajama, but you have a trouser tailoring").

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"We all have a closet full of raincoats that you can’t wear in the rain. This is actually an anorak you can wear in the rain, especially on a hot day," the designer said to laughs as he presented his next look.

"The weather is crazy," he later continued. "We need sweaters all year round, cotton in the winter, wool in the summer. Forget the rules!"