09/12/2012 04:20 EDT | Updated 11/12/2012 05:12 EST

Michael Kors' new collection sets sights on sunny, optimistic spring

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Michael Kors' sunny disposition found a home in Southern California for the upcoming spring fashion season. He turned out an optimistic, cheerful and modernist collection at New York Fashion Week that he said was inspired by the architecture, attitude and mostly the weather he enjoys every time he makes a trip to the West Coast.

"You could be sitting at the Beverly Hills Hotel, by the pool, and you could find this entire palette whether it's the palm green, the turquoise of the pool, the yellow of the sky — of the sun," he said in a backstage interview. "And I love all the architecture that we see whenever I go out to California. ... You're seeing a lot of that kind of geometry play into the collection here."

Stripes were strong, and he opened the show with a female model in a red-and-navy striped bodysuit with a zip-front navy skirt with a crisp white belt, while her male runway companion had on a green-and-navy striped pullover and striped pants. On later outfits Kors played with the proportion of the stripes, mixing thick and thin, and even horizontal and vertical.

All that zig and zag gave a hint of a nautical feel, and so did the grommet-covered, navy stretch-leather shift. The metal circles looked like the portholes on a yacht, probably one of the best vantage points to see the beautiful blue sky with perfect puffy clouds that Kors used as one of his prints.

The circle pockets on the bright yellow jacket of a skirt suit and on a red coat — a below-the-knee coat is a must for next season — had a very pop-art vibe. Kors said he purposely included bright colours and fun details on clothes that, while technically for spring, get shipped in February.

"This collection is kind of this hybrid blend of big city tailoring and sharpness with really a lot of the spirit and the mood that you would find in Palm Springs or Los Angeles," he said.

Kors is a favourite of Hollywood stars, and Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas were among those in the audience.

"The celebrities who come to the show, the majority of them are friends and clients, many of them I've known for a long time, so, you know, they're shopping also," Kors said.