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Michael Kors spring/summer 2017 review

The American designer unveiled a characteristically upbeat collection at New York Fashion Week.

"Love is in the air," according to Michael Kors and that four-letter word (LOVE) was emblazoned on an oversize cashmere sweater that, along with a smattering of pieces from this collection, is already available for purchase in the US.

Optimism reigns supreme in the fabulous world of the American designer and his clothes never fail to celebrate the sunny side of life. Floral prints, on tiny bikinis and beach-ready sundresses, contributed to the sense of exuberance of the spring/summer 2017 show, whose soundtrack was provided by a live orchestra and crooner Rufus Wainwright, who performed an upbeat set for a rapt audience.

Tailoring came in the form of some great belted jackets and nautical-inspired ensembles in mannish cuts, a much-needed break from the frilly femininity of the rest of the collection.

Wainwright ended his mini concert with a subtle endorsement of Hillary Clinton ("I'm with her!" shouted the songwriter) and while it's unlikely that the presidential candidate will give up her beloved pantsuits for one of Kors's floral-appliqué numbers, it would be inspiring to see strong women like her embrace their femininity and opt for one of his flirty creations while still meaning business.