NY Fashion Week Spring 2018 Houston
New York Fashion Week

Michael Kors' breezy beach party collection mixes evening gowns and flip-flops in a smart way

Michael Kors beach party collection mixes evening gowns and flip-flops

Michael Kors spring 2018, Nicole Kidman,Sara Bareilles Naomi Watts, Catherine Zeta Jones
Sara Barielles sings in the background as Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, and Catherine Zeta Jones take in the Michael Kors Collection runway show at New York Fashion Week. Photo by Getty Images for Michael Kors
Michael Kors Collection look 28 spring 2018 New York Fashion Week
Michael Kors Collection maritime floral cutout draped maillot, natural Naomi raffia shoulder sack. Photo courtesy of Michael Kors Collection
Michael Kors Collection look 71 spring 2018 New York Fashion Week
Model Kendall Jenner in Michael Kors Collection black stretch matte jersey cutout sarong dress with black sequined embroidery, crocodile flip-flops. Photo courtesy of Michael Kors Collection
Michael Kors Collection look 1 spring 2018 New York Fashion Week
Michael Kors Collection tie-dye cashmere sweatshirt and towel, acorn Maldives woven leather tote. Photo courtesy of Michael Kors Collection
Kate Upton, Michael Kors at Access Smartwatch party New York Fashion Week
Kate Upton and Michael Kors posed for photos at the Michael Kors Access smartwatch party. Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Michael Kors
Michael Kors Collection look 22 spring 2018 New York Fashion Week
Michael Kors Collection white linen crepe jacket, maritime floral crepe de chine sarong shirtdress, peanut Maldives woven leather bucket. Photo courtesy of Michael Kors Collection
Michael Kors Collection spring 2018 New York Fashion Week look 68 Bella Hadid
Model Bella Hadid in Michael Kors Collection suntan stretch tulle bodysuit with black leaf sequin embroidery, scissor skirt. Photo courtesy of Michael Kors Collection
Michael Kors Collection look 62 spring 2018 New York Fashion Week
Michael Kors Collection black/white leaf bandeau and georgette wrap skirt, white Melise leaf silk shoulder sack. Photo courtesy of Michael Kors Collection
Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts at Michael Kors show
On the front row: Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts. Photo by Getty Images for Michael Kors
Kate Upton closed Michael Kors spring 2018 runway show
Model Kate Upton closed the Michael Kors Collection spring/summer 2018 runway show in a black crepe sable jacket with sequin embroidery, bodysuit, and sarong skirt. Photo by Getty Images for Michael Kors
Michael Kors Collection look 63 spring 2018 New York Fashion Week
Michael Kors Collection black wool gabardine bomber, black stretch viscose bodysuit, black/white cady scissor skirt, white Melise palm silk shoulder sack. Photo courtesy of Michael Kors Collection
Michael Kors Collection look 72 spring 2018 New York Fashion Week
Michael Kors Collection suntan stretch tulle asymmetrical dress with silver leaf sequin embroidery. Photo courtesy of Michael Kors Collection
Michael Kors Collection look 9 spring 2018 New York Fashion Week
Michael Kors Collection white double crepe jacket, cornflower tie-dye silk georgette streamer blouse and wrap skirt. Photo courtesy of Michael Kors Collection
Michael Kors spring 2018, Nicole Kidman,Sara Bareilles Naomi Watts, Catherine Zeta Jones
Michael Kors Collection look 28 spring 2018 New York Fashion Week
Michael Kors Collection look 71 spring 2018 New York Fashion Week
Michael Kors Collection look 1 spring 2018 New York Fashion Week
Kate Upton, Michael Kors at Access Smartwatch party New York Fashion Week
Michael Kors Collection look 22 spring 2018 New York Fashion Week
Michael Kors Collection spring 2018 New York Fashion Week look 68 Bella Hadid
Michael Kors Collection look 62 spring 2018 New York Fashion Week
Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts at Michael Kors show
Kate Upton closed Michael Kors spring 2018 runway show
Michael Kors Collection look 63 spring 2018 New York Fashion Week
Michael Kors Collection look 72 spring 2018 New York Fashion Week
Michael Kors Collection look 9 spring 2018 New York Fashion Week

Michael Kors sure did have a busy day at New York Fashion Week. In the morning, he showcased his beachy Michael Kors Collection on  a wooden boardwalk with a live performance by powerhouse singer Sara Bareilles, who opened with the Otis Redding classic, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," and an A-list front row that included Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, with her stunning teenage daughter.

That night he threw a big party to celebrate the launch of two new Michael Kors Access smartwatches, where he was surrounded by models, including Ashley Graham and Kate Upton (who had closed the Kors show that morning in her first-ever New York Fashion Week runway walk), amid a crowd that was considerably more dressed up.

For spring/summer 2018, Kors is in a super-casual mood, with slip dresses, sarongs and two-piece bathing suits in palm tree patterns and tie-dye pastels, accessorized with woven clutches, raffia shoulder totes, and in a couple of cases, threaded leis. While the look is relaxed, fabrics are ultra-luxe, with cashmere sweatshirts in a tie-dye carnation pattern and a poet's blouse of silk chiffon. A few styles are paired with oversized navy or white blazers that can be worn in the office for those days when a trip to the beach isn't a possibility.

Even the glamorous evening gowns and cocktail dresses in black sequins or embroidered black-and-white palm prints are worn with flip-flops, although they are made of crocodile, not plastic.

It's the most casual Kors collection I've seen in more than decade of covering these shows. But, with the way people are dressing down nowadays, particularly during the daytime, the designer is on to something and probably a little ahead of the fashion pack on the trend.

Kors also showed his smart and trendy side at the party to celebrate the launch of two new Michael Kors Access smartwatches, in a partnership with Google. The Veuve Cliquot was flowing at the event as spinning watch hands towered from the ceiling and DJ Alexandra Richards spun tunes.

Kors' second smartwatch collection includes the Sofie, a daintier version with seven interchangeable strap options for women, and the Grayson, a larger and sporty option with four strap options aimed at men. Both run on Google’s latest Android Wear 2.0 and work with iOS and Android. Prices start at $350.