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New York Fashion Week: Jeremy Scott channels the nursery; Kors goes for opulent restraint

02/18/2015 02:11 EST | Updated 04/20/2015 05:59 EDT
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Associated Press is all over New York Fashion Week, from its runway fashions to celebrity-packed events. Here's what some AP writers are seeing:

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JEREMY SCOTT TAKES US BACK TO THE NURSERY

It's too bad that Kanye West didn't bring young daughter North when he checked out Jeremy Scott's fashion show on Wednesday. The nursery motif — dolls, hippos, little lambs, teddy bears — would have made the toddler feel right at home.

Scott's shows are never less than whimsical and entertaining, and this one held true to form. Models sauntered down the runway in babydoll mini-dresses and tights in pastel colours like baby blue and yellow and bright pink. They wore sweet baby bonnets or long stocking caps.

Their hair was covered with paint splotches. A few dresses were actually made of canvas and then painted on.

Truth is, this was pretty demure for Scott, who's been known in previous collections to have a man covered entirely in fur like Chewbacca, or little gold machine-guns hanging from a bustier.

Pretty demure, and demurely pretty.

"I was really inspired by the idea of dolls," Scott said in a backstage interview, "and how when you loved them so much you cut their hair and you painted on them."

"So I wanted to kind of capture that loved toy, the loved doll kind of feeling. There's lots of prints — definitely inspired by nursery rhymes like 'Humpty Dumpty' or 'Mary Had a Little Lamb.'"

Scott doesn't waste too much time thinking about how people will be evaluating his clothes.

"I just want people to have a good time," he said. "It's cold outside but warm in here."

Also in the front row, and representing rock 'n roll: Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis.

—Jocelyn Noveck and Nicole Evatt

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MICHAEL KORS: FUR AND FLATS

The ladies on the runway of Michael Kors don't do lunch. They do business — in fur, Oxfords and sumptuous sweaters and suits cinched at the waist with skinny belts.

Kors, in a backstage interview before Wednesday's show, described his fall collection as "opulent restraint."

There wasn't just men's suiting. There was men's suiting in cashmere. There wasn't just a military coat. There was a military coat with orange sparkle on the lower sleeve. There was tweed, trumpet skirts and mohair.

In the colours of barley, a young fawn, charcoal and slate, Kors had icons on his mind and their yin-yang balance from head to their fur muffs to their shoes.

Go back to the '30s, he urges.

"You think about the Duchess of Windsor, who certainly was very glamorous and very elegant, but she was very understated, kind of always grabbing from the duke's closet, too. And when you think about the '30s, one of my favourite movies is "Chinatown," and Faye Dunaway in her riding clothes," he said.

That balance, Kors said, is deeply rooted in American style, stretching through the decades to Babe Paley in the '60s and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, "looking really chic but being able to jump on a bicycle."

And after, Kors is ready with sparkly pajama-wear and capes in silver fox.

Michelle Obama picked a Michael Kors suit for the State of the Union. It was a thrill for Kors, who also marvels at the women on the street who tote his bags and wear his watches.

Kors, who heads a global fashion and style empire, said "commercial" is far from a dirty word.

"For her (the first lady) to choose to wear something of ours on a really important night, it's very kind of gratifying in the same way it is when I see someone walking through the airport and they've spent their hard-earned money," he said.

Kate Hudson, a friend, was on hand, looking springy in yellow on yet another cold winter's day.

"I feel like Michael does the kind of show that you actually want to wear everything, that you feel like you can wear everything," she mused.

—Nicole Evatt and Leanne Italie

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