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New York Fashion Week: A new take on old world glamour at Michael Kors

Michael Kors offered a lesson in discreet luxury with his elegant autumn 15 collection at NYFW.

With his billion dollar brand best known for its ubiquitous branded tote bags and oversized shiny watches, Michael Kors decided to dial down the bling for autumn 15, with the aim of capturing an aesthetic that he describes as ‘opulent restraint.’

Drawing on the looks and lifestyles of three classically stylish American women – namely socialite Babe Paley, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor – this concept manifested itself in a beautiful yet wearable collection that was in equal parts androgynous and sensual.

For day, this meant tweedy skirt suits nipped at the waist with a skinny belt or slouchy mannish trousers paired with smart shirts and ribbed knitwear. Key eveningwear looks included a louche, silky pyjama suit, an elegantly tailored jumpsuit and a 1930s-inspired sparkly gown. Outerwear was a particular highlight, with a fabulous navy Chesterfield-cape hybrid covered in jet beading and a houndstooth overcoat with a lavish fur collar among the many options sure to entice buyers.

Indeed, fur has been a mainstay of the autumn 15 shows so far, but nowhere more so than at Michael Kors, where fox, sable and mink all made an appearance. Though the real thing may divide opinion, its fake counterpart is sure to feature heavily on the high street come winter.

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