At Michael Kors, Outerwear for Insiders

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Is fashion a battle or a dance? For Michael Kors, it's always been both. The designer's famed Manhattan elegance will—to crib from Alicia Keys—make you feel brand new. But even as he soft-shoes down the runway with bright yellow car coats and fuzzy pink poufs, Kors and his brand are launching a full-scale takeover of Fashion Week's talking points.

That's because Kors knows fashion is on the sidewalks as well as on the catwalks. So he ensures his dazzling cavalry—Em Rata! Gigi! Natasha F***ing Poly!—is photographed in "casual" (though still $10,000) looks outside before glamming up for the big show ahead... but he also puts his models in why-didn't-I-think-of-that outerwear combos like sable and sequin (on Natasha), ribbed knit and fuzzy tweed (on Paloma), and Look 40, a.k.a. an oversized fuchsia sweater worn as a scarf on top of the same sweater worn as a dress. I don't know how to make the little "mind blown" emoji on this website, but yeah, put it here.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Mr. Kors is erasing the line between runway and realness. With a few weeks of distance and a few copy/pastes, we won't even remember which Irina Shayk look was from the catwalk and which was from her paparazzi entrance and exit into the building. Nor will we remember that when Blake Lively posed in this ice blue showstopper just outside the runway venue, she was doing it in 10 degree weather.

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