"I really appreciate the fact that we have all come together," said a newly mustachioed Michael Kors before his showroom presentation. "Let's be cheerleaders for all that New York has to offer, because this is the most amazing city in the world."

Kors' positive outlook was evident in a concise collection that brought to mind the best of Halston, with an injection of movie-star glamour (his update on the giant tie-strap tote bag is destined to become a collectible). Alongside beachy getaway clothes, more sophisticated urban looks included chinoiserie-inspired red lacquer cardigans and sweatshirts, georgette halter dresses, and brush-stroke skirts (upon close inspection, some of the abstract prints proved to be expressionist MK logos). Evening took a turn for the dramatic with slinky bandeau columns and stunning black-and-gold embroidered tulle shells and shifts.

Kors' practical yet lighthearted collection struck a chord that is likely to resonate throughout this season.