Yesterday was Michael Kors. Today was Ralph Lauren.
Both are from New York (Kors hails from Long Island, Ralph from the Bronx.) Both are known for their distinctly American style. Michael caters to the fur-laden woman with nude, tan legs. Ralph caters to the gal in the plaid riding jacket with a nude, tan face.
This season, Michael's woman won. While Ralph's runway was fine--lots of velvet, prairie skirts, long colorful beads--it was staid. Nothing--and I mean nothing--felt new.
Michael, on the other hand, made sportswear exciting. His coyote vest with a camel stretch cashmere bodysuit was beautiful, but so were his double-faced wool coats--the sharp slits at the elbows gave them an edge only a sophisticate like Michael could pull off. I could have done without the lurex dresses at the end, but otherwise, it was one of my favorite shows of the week. To be sure, Lauren Hutton will be wearing this stuff come fall.
Who did you prefer?