NY Fashion Week Spring 2017 Houston
Get Happy With Kors

Michael Kors gets happy with optimistic collection that causes even a falling model to smile

Michael Kors gets happy with optimistic collection despite model splat

Michael Kors spring 2017 collection bathing suit
Michael Kors nutmeg bikini with tortoise floral embroidery. Getty Images for Michael Kors
Michael Kors spring 2017 collection LOVE sweater
Michael Kors navy "Love' cotton pullover, white shirt, banker pinstripe wool trouser. Getty Images for Michael Kors
Rufus Wainwright and Michael Kors at Michael Kors runway show
Rufus Wainwright and Michael Kors acknowlege loud applause at the end of the runway show, where Wainwright performed. Getty Images for Michael Kors
Michael Kors spring 2017 collection
Michael Kors azalea floral jacquard double-breasted coat, Stanwyck azalea floral intarsia clutch. Getty Images for Michael Kors
Bella Hadid model splat at Michael Kors
Bella Hadid continued to smile, even as she fell on the runway at the Michael Kors show, right in front of CultureMap man-on-the scene Clifford Pugh, NBC
Michael Kors spring 2017 collection
Michael Kors navy cashmere pullover, white stretch cotton poplin dickey, chambray floral jacquard peblum skirt with sequined embroidery. Getty Images for Michael Kors
Michael Kors spring 2017 collection swimsuit
Michael Kors navy/white floral bikini, Mia navy/white floral crossbody satchel. Getty Images for Michael Kors
Michael Kors spring 2017 collection
The Michael Kors spring 2017 collection alternates between florals and preppie styles. Getty Images for Michael Kors
Michael Kors spring 2017 collection bathing suit
Michael Kors spring 2017 collection LOVE sweater
Rufus Wainwright and Michael Kors at Michael Kors runway show
Michael Kors spring 2017 collection
Bella Hadid model splat at Michael Kors
Michael Kors spring 2017 collection
Michael Kors spring 2017 collection swimsuit
Michael Kors spring 2017 collection

There's been a fair share of  "doom and gloom" at New York Fashion Week, with designers unsure how best to entice customers to part with their hard-earned cash as the fashion world vigorously debates whether to alter traditional delivery methods and sell direct from the runway.

But Michael Kors is more upbeat.

A few days before he unveiled his spring 2017 collection on a sun-filled New York day, the longtime designer was asked for a hint about what we'd see on the runway. He answered in one word: "Optimism."

Kors certainly stuck to his word, bringing in Rufus Wainwright, who performed such classic Judy Garland tunes as "Get Happy" and "Almost Like Being In Love/This Can't Be Love" with a seven-piece band in the middle of the runway as models passed by on all sides.

It was indeed a happy show as Kors sent out dozens of models in brightly-colored florals of blue, pink, green, and brown. The floral looks were varied, coming in a host of fabrics and styles, including a plunging satin jersey dress, sequined cashmere vest, silk blouse, crepe palazzo pant, jacquard bralette with sequined embroidery, and bikinis with 3-D floral embroidery.

For those not into florals, Kors offered a ton of basics, leading off with a crisp navy coat dress with white cotton collar, white jacket and trousers, beige trench coat, and oversized gray sweater. Among the great, never-goes-out-of-style looks was a white silk blouse with buttons along the sleeves, paired with a black silk skirt that flares out at the hemline.

A navy cotton pullover for both men and women with the word LOVE spelled out in white letters on the front trumpeted the theme of the day.

The only hint of discord came when model Bella Hadid took a tumble on the runway right near where I was sitting. But she smiled the whole time as she jumped up, later joking on Twitter, "Guys I'm a professional break dancer now I forgot to tell u."

Wainwright slipped in a political plug as he said at the end of the show, "Weren't those ladies gorgeous? I'm with her," referencing a Hillary Clinton slogan.

Most of the looks won't be available until spring, although Kors is offering 13 looks, including the LOVE sweater, floral sequined cashmere vest and floral slip dress, immediately online and at selected Michael Kors stores.