Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week: February 18

Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: Michael Kors stirs menswear swagger and preppy polish into uptown, sporty mode; Proenza Schouler pays homage to mid-century art at the Whitney; and Band of Outsiders explores new dimensions in tomboy tailoring.

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Michael Kors

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Fashion Office Bottom Line: “This collection was quintessential Michael Kors: elevated, refined  luxury that riffed on all the preppy classics and American sportswear. Tweeds and flannels were amped up with a generous use of fur, and the silhouettes had a beautiful, relaxed ease overall. Cuffed menswear pants, statement sweaters, restrained evening dressing and lashings of fur offered a master class on reworking the familiar to look new and utterly desirable.” —Red Godfrey, VP Fashion Office

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Proenza Schouler

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Fashion Office Bottom Line: “The new collection from the Proenza Schouler duo saw the familiar tropes of edgy but superchic dressing reexplored for the urban warrior. Sliced, paneled and reproportioned great coats were key, along with sexy cut-and-spliced sweater dressing. Each look was toughened up with chunky fishnet tights and block-heeled wrap-and-tie shoes. The show ended with stunning artisan mirror work and sequin embellishment for a truly modern approach to evening dressing.”

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Band of Outsiders

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Fashion Office Bottom Line: “The latest offering from designer Scott Sternberg plays on many of the quirky-preppy themes he’s worked with time and again. A vaguely nautical feel threaded its way through classic shirt dressing and denim sportswear (the parka and trench coat were especially strong) and mixed with mid-century plaids—all cinched in with super-wide belts—for a characteristically playful edge.”

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