July 09, 2007
Channeling Gloria Guinness by way of Veruschka, Michael Kors designed a resort collection for the type of woman who wants to look perfectly polished whether she's lunching in Palm Beach or lounging seaside in St. Barths. She wears bikinis and maillots dripping with hardware. ("We call them 'posing suits,' " said the designer, "because our girl never gets them wet.") Caftans and sundresses, some in delft porcelain patterns, also came embellished with eye-catching metallic and crystal accents. Unsurprisingly, there were a lot of animal prints, the most interesting of which was a gold-and-khaki leopard cut into a sleeveless dress with a lace-up neckline that fashion watchers will recognize as a modern-day descendant of YSL's legendary safari jacket.