09/11/2013 02:48 EDT | Updated 11/11/2013 05:12 EST

Kors offers romance for everyday life in whisper light skirts, loose georgette blouses

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The directive from Michael Kors for the spring season: Put down your cellphone. Go outdoors. Make time for romance. Then go back to the office — maybe you own the business? — and kill it.

He offered a wardrobe on the runway Wednesday at New York Fashion Week to help women get it done: scarf-neck georgette blouses with the bow undone, a whisper light wool georgette pleated skirt in "banker" grey and a crisp white trench to top it off.

Or maybe it should be the sand-colored suede trench. Good thing his muse can make decisions.

There was a hand-embroidered white dance dress. A ticking-stripe boyfriend shirt was worn with denim shorts and a wrap made of white fox — yes, summer fur — with an unexpected stripe lining.

He had some moments that seemed 1970s inspired, with disco studs on slinky dresses with full hemlines and palazzo pants with bra tops.

"The challenge is to have romance for everyday life, and how do you have charm in everyday life?"

A good place to start is smiling models, and Kors had those. Karolina Kurkova, Frankie Rayder and Karen Elson are among the catwalkers who make infrequent runway appearances, but always seem to turn up for Kors.

"It's funny, last fall we had this very sharp, strong, urban collection, which really was for me this reaction to how fast life has gotten. But sometimes I think life has gotten a little too fast," Kors said in a pre-show interview.

"When we go out to dinner, put your phone down, put your Blackberry down, have a conversation. Write a thank you note, a real one," he added. "Walk down the street in the summer when the weather gets warm and wear something that catches the wind."


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