Kudos to Michael Kors, who presented a strong, easy-to-wear collection that reconfirmed his status as a modern master of practical American sportswear.

Fashion icons Lauren Hutton, Ali MacGraw and Martha Graham were important references for Kors, their relaxed style reinterpreted in earthy jersey ballet dresses, inviting cashmere hand-knit sweaters and a sensational muslin beaded embroidered skirt. True to his love for ultra-luxurious materials, Kors also showed a divine barley suede off-the-shoulder shift, several light shearling jackets, and a mink-backed suede serape to ward off chilly April breezes. The obligatory beige trench came in double-faced cotton, washed and oversized—creating a loose, comfortable silhouette that was anchored down with low-slung leather belts.

In contrast to last season's somewhat uptight evening looks, Kors closed his Spring show with a couple of absolutely brilliant—and perfectly simple—black stretch jersey gowns that brought to mind the best of the Halston era.