"I hate the word resort, and cruise is worse. Cruise is some woman in a warm-up suit at a buffet table." The word Michael Kors has come up with to take their place? "Destination." At an informal presentation today, the designer had a dream location in mind for nearly every one of the 36 looks he showed, many of those "destinations" coming from personal experience. Kors said he racked up 35 business trips, plus a few more for pleasure, last year. For the plane to St. Bart's, he'd like to suggest a cool jersey tank dress with an asymmetrical hem, worn with flat python boots. For Gstaad, a knee-length lynx fur vest topping an organic cashmere tank and washed silk pants. And for the Amangiri resort in southern Utah, a sunset ombré cashmere T-shirt gown. If a draped black office-to-cocktails sheath looked less glam by comparison, not even his most privileged clients can vacation all the time. Other city-friendly pieces include a hemp canvas trench, a drapey taupe silk pantsuit, and a collarless python coat.

Kors is coming off a strong Fall show and headed for a big Monday night, when he'll accept the Council of Fashion Designers' Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award (his business, believe it or not, turns 30 next year). This confident, item-driven, easy-luxe collection has winner written all over it, too.