SOME LIKE IT HOT Survival Of The Fittest host Laura Whitmore, 32, chats dodgy fashion, style icons and relaxation in styling session

WE spent some time with TV presenter Laura Whitmore, 32, to find out what she wears underneath her red carpet dresses and what item of clothing she would never be caught dead in.

Where: ITV Studios, London.

 The TV presenter told us what item of clothing we would never be caught dead in

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The TV presenter told us what item of clothing we would never be caught dead in

Laura, you always look super-stylish on the red carpet and when you dress down. How do you do it?

I kind of do because I have to! I actually wore a full-length yellow dress to the NTAs in 2013 and I had comfy biker boots underneath, but nobody could see them. I dress for my mood. It’s so eclectic but my go-to is J Brand skinny jeans with biker boots and a shirt.

Have you had any fashion faux-pas?

I wore some terrible things in the ‘90s. I went through a stage of wearing baggy pants that would drag against the ground and get ripped, with a pair of Vans and a little top. I dressed like All Saints, but not as cool!

 Who would believe she was wearing biker boots underneath this outfit

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Who would believe she was wearing biker boots underneath this outfit
 Laura's first job was covering the MTV Movie Awards in LA

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Laura’s first job was covering the MTV Movie Awards in LA

What’s the most expensive thing in your wardrobe?

A Burberry trench coat. I bought it at the airport in Australia after doing I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Now! so I think I got it cheaper. I do price per wear, so if you buy something for £1,000 and wear it 1,000 times then it only costs £1 per wear.

Is there anything you’d never wear?

I don’t wear real fur. That’s why I love my pink faux-fur jacket. I wear it with skinny jeans, a T-shirt and trainers, and then I throw it on and feel fabulous. It’s by an Irish designer called Joanne Hynes.

 Laura totally rocks the British girl-next-door look made popular by Kate Moss

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Laura totally rocks the British girl-next-door look made popular by Kate Moss

Who’s your fashion icon?

I really like the Olsen twins’ style. I love Kate Hudson, Kate Bosworth and Kate Moss. Anyone called Kate! And Sienna Miller.

Which men do you rate in the style stakes?

Dougie Poynter has great style and looks like he hasn’t tried too hard. I always say I won’t go out with someone who spends more time in the mirror than me. Thankfully my boyfriend [Iain Stirling, 30, comedian and the Love Island voiceover] doesn’t try at all!

 Iain is the voiceover for Love Island

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Iain is the voiceover for Love Island
 It's likely Laura will be spending Valentine's Day away from Iain Stirling as she films in South Africa

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It’s likely Laura will be spending Valentine’s Day away from Iain Stirling as she films in South Africa

Do you ever comment on Iain’s choice of clothes?

Yeah! Like, do you really want to wear that?

Do you ask for his opinion on your outfits?

I do, then I normally go for the opposite of what he’s said! He asks for my advice, while I don’t ask for his much!

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Emma Roberts Screams Fashion Queen at London Fashion Week — See Her Chic Look!

Emma Roberts is slaying London Fashion Week!

The 27-year-old Scream Queens star attended Mulberry’s “Beyond Heritage” runway show at the Spencer House in London, England, on Friday, stepping out in a cobalt blue ensemble that undoubtedly turned heads.

The actress went bold for the stylish soirée, rocking a long, sophisticated blazer, which she paired with tailored shorts of the same hue. She styled the chic pieces with ankle-strap heels and a vibrant bag, keeping her beauty look simple with subtle waves and natural makeup.

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Roberts sat front row for the presentation, alongside Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Mary Charteris, Amber Anderson, Emma Greenwell, Andrea Riseborough, Jourdan Dunn and Millie Brady, who all looked equally fab.

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The blonde beauty later took to Instagram, sharing an artsy shot of herself all dressed up and ready for the show.

“London I love you,” she captioned it, tagging @mulberryengland.

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Earlier this month, a myriad of celebrities flocked the Big Apple for New York Fashion Week, which took place between Feb. 8 and Feb. 16. Click through the slideshow below to see what stars like Cardi B, Blake Lively, Zendaya, Margot Robbie, Paris Hilton and Selena Gomez wore to the various runway shows!

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Jess Wright struggled to hide her ample cleavage on Saturday, as she flashed her lacy bra in a plunging white suit while attending the London Fashion Week Fashion Collective charity bash.

The 32-year-old former TOWIE star showed off her slender physique in the matching white blazer and trousers with a black stripe as she made her arrival for the party in London’s Waldorf Hotel.

Jess joined a slew of stars making their arrival for the charity event, including Gogglebox star Sandi Bogle and former Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star Danielle Mason.

Statement: Jess Wright, 32, flashed her bra in a plunging white suit on Saturday as she attended the London Fashion Week Fashion Collective bash

Statement: Jess Wright, 32, flashed her bra in a plunging white suit on Saturday as she attended the London Fashion Week Fashion Collective bash

Jess sported the chic flared trousers suit with the matching blazer as she made her arrival at the party, finishing off the look with black peeptoe

The sister of TV presenter Mark Wright kept her brunette tresses out of the way in a loose ponytail sporting her classic Essex tan and a dramatic smoky eye.

Jess recently revealed that she has a new man in her life, after she posed for an aodrable Instagram selfie with new boyfriend Giovanni Pernice.

The Italian hunk – who is most known as a professional on Strictly Come Dancing – could be seen puckering up for a kiss with Jess in the Valentine’s Day snap.

Perky: Jess showed off her ample cleavage in the matching trouser suit, as she made her arrival at the bash in London's Waldorf Hotel

Perky: Jess showed off her ample cleavage in the matching trouser suit, as she made her arrival at the bash in London’s Waldorf Hotel

Essex girl: The former TOWIE star kept her brunette tresses out of the way in a relaxed low ponytail

Glamour girl: Jess also kept her makeup typically dramatic with a statement smoky eye

Essex girl: The former TOWIE star kept her brunette tresses out of the way in a relaxed low ponytail, rocking a typically dramatic smoky eye

Jess had also been sporting the same stylish look earlier in the day as she attended the London Fashion Week Fashion Scout show, and had certainly commanded attention in her glamorous apparel.

The model also gave her own adorable homage to Giovanni on the most romantic day of the year, after sharing a screen grab from romcom favourite Love Actually.

In the flick, Andrew Lincoln’s character Mark is in love with Juliet (Keira Knightley) who is married to his best friend Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor).

Mark can be seen holding up a place card in the picture when he makes his love known to Juliet.

Jess wrote in the caption: ‘Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️ I hope someone makes you feel this special today #loveactually.’ (sic)

I'm here! Jess also made a sensational arrival earlier in the day as she attended the London Fashion Week Fashion Scout event

Loved-up: Jess was beaming just days after news broke that she was dating Strictly Come Dancing pro Giovanni Pernice

We're together! The couple appeared to confirm the news with a sweet Valentine's Day selfie

Loved-up: Jess was beaming just days after news broke that she was dating Strictly Come Dancing pro Giovanni Pernice

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Going public: Jess also posted her own V-Day snap in homage to the romcom favourite Love Actually

Going public: Jess also posted her own V-Day snap in homage to the romcom favourite Love Actually

Star-studded: Jess was also seen meeting designer Zeynep Kartal (middle) at her fashion show, along with Love Island star Montana Brown

Star-studded: Jess was also seen meeting designer Zeynep Kartal (middle) at her fashion show, along with Love Island star Montana Brown

Also spotted at the bash was Jessie Wallace’s half-sister Danielle Mason, who was flashing both leg and cleavage in a revealing black tiered dress.

The 35-year-old Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star commanded attention in her black gown with a dramatic netted tulle, with her blonde hair tied into a voluminous ponytail.

The tanned beauty also posed up a storm with socialite Zack Smith, who was looking dapper in a sharp navy blazer and distressed jeans.

Dramatic: Reality TV thesp Danielle Mason also struggled to contain her ample cleavage in a dramatic black dress as she made her arrival at the charity bash

Dramatic: Reality TV thesp Danielle Mason also struggled to contain her ample cleavage in a dramatic black dress as she made her arrival at the charity bash

Standout: Danielle sported a plunging black dress with a tiered tulle skirt

Revealing: The dress hung open so she could also flaunt her toned pins

Standout: Danielle sported a plunging black dress with a tiered tulle skirt, which hung open so she could also flaunt her toned pins

I'm here! Danielle made a sensational arrival at the party, keeping her blonde hair out of the way in a voluminous curled ponytail

I’m here! Danielle made a sensational arrival at the party, keeping her blonde hair out of the way in a voluminous curled ponytail

Pals: Danielle also posed up a storm with socialite Zack Smith, who looked dapper in a navy checked blazer

Pals: Danielle also posed up a storm with socialite Zack Smith, who looked dapper in a navy checked blazer

Danielle had her amazing curves on full display, with the frock’s tight corset also struggling to contain her ample cleavage

The blonde beauty also pulled back the dress’ dramatic skirt so she could show off her amazing legs, which were beautifully tanned for the occasion.

Recently Danielle confessed that she had been forced to call police, after she was sent vile death threats by a troll who threatened to ‘rip her throat out.’

Look at me! Danielle is the half-sister of Eastenders star Jessie Wallace

Sensational: The beauty had her tanned pins on full display in the frock

Look at me! Danielle, who is the half-sister of Eastenders actress Jessie Wallace, flashed her legs even more as she threw back the dress’ statement skirt

At risk: Danielle recently revealed she had been forced to call the police, after being targeted a vile troll who sent online death threats

At risk: Danielle recently revealed she had been forced to call the police, after being targeted a vile troll who sent online death threats

In danger: Danielle told the Daily Star at the time: 'I just feel so protective of my children now'

In danger: Danielle told the Daily Star at the time: ‘I just feel so protective of my children now’

Superstar: The Snog Marry Avoid star was seen chatting with a host of proceedings outside the party

Superstar: The Snog Marry Avoid star was seen chatting with a host of proceedings outside the party

Danielle revealed she was first sent the abuse after posting a snap with Big Brother star Lotan Carter.

She told the Daily Star: ‘I couldn’t believe it when I first received them.

‘They have left me in shock. I’m now scared to put anything else online. Whoever it is, they’re obsessed. I just feel so protective of my children now.’

Chic and cheerful! Tallia Storm was seen outside the bash putting on a stylish display in a Gucci hoodie and colourful floral midi skirt that she teamed with trainers

Glam: She looked great

Chic and cheerful! Tallia Storm was seen outside the bash putting on a stylish display in a Gucci hoodie and colourful floral midi skirt that she teamed with trainers

Loving life: Lady Nadia Essex and Love Island's Montana Brown were pleased to see each other

Loving life: Lady Nadia Essex and Love Island’s Montana Brown were pleased to see each other

Pucker up: The pair leaned in for a kiss on the cheek before heading in for the show 

Pucker up: The pair leaned in for a kiss on the cheek before heading in for the show

Legs eleven! Former Made In Chelsea star Nicola Hughes looked glam in a purple leather dress

Chic: She looked incredible

Legs eleven! Former Made In Chelsea star Nicola Hughes looked glam in a purple leather dress

Eclectic: Also seen at the party was Gogglebox star Sandi Bogle, 52, who donned a platinum wig to go with her typically outlandish style sense

Eclectic: Also seen at the party was Gogglebox star Sandi Bogle, 52, who donned a platinum wig to go with her typically outlandish style sense

Couples night: Vanessa Feltz also made her arrival in a faux fur white coat as she attended the party with long-term partner Ben Ofoedu

Couples night: Vanessa Feltz also made her arrival in a faux fur white coat as she attended the party with long-term partner Ben Ofoedu

Also seen in attendance at the star-studded party was former Gogglebox favourite Sandi Bogle, who was rocking a platinum blonde wig along with a typically outlandish look.

The 52-year-old sported a metallic gold and brown paisley dress with a matching fur coat as she made her arrival following a sun-soaked break to Benidorm.

Sandia announced her departure from Gogglebox in 2016, after leaving fans in hysterics over her TV-related quips with best friend Sandra Martin.

Bold style statement: X Factor star Fleur East turned heads in a vibrant yellow coat

Bold style statement: X Factor star Fleur East turned heads in a vibrant yellow coat

Scarlet songstress: All Together Now star Larissa Eddie was the fiery vixen in a frilly red frock as she posed outside the party

Scarlet songstress: All Together Now star Larissa Eddie was the fiery vixen in a frilly red frock as she posed outside the party

Gorgeous: The singer teamed her off-the-shoulder dress with strappy black heels and a statement lip

Rising star: Larissa appears on the BBC primetime favourite along with 99 other professional singers who judge ameteurs performances

Gorgeous: The singer teamed her off-the-shoulder dress with strappy black heels and a statement lip

Chic: Fashion blogger Olivia Cox also put on a leggy display in grey checked city shorts and blush pink jumper, finishing the look with red ankle-strapped heels

Chic: Fashion blogger Olivia Cox also put on a leggy display in grey checked city shorts and blush pink jumper, finishing the look with red ankle-strapped heels

Glamorous: X Factor star Chloe Paige looked chic in a white tie front top that she came dangerously close to spilling out of at one point

He's here! Celebrity Big Brother star Paul Danan was the King of Cool as he arrived at the party, held to raise money for Children in Need

He’s here! Celebrity Big Brother star Paul Danan was the King of Cool as he arrived at the party, held to raise money for Children in Need

 

YOUR NEXT HOT FASHION IS MADE IN VIETNAM

Xuan-Thu Nguyen hadn’t been back to Vietnam in eight years when she landed in Ho Chi Minh City for the annual Vietnam International Fashion Week last April. Xuan-Thu, a Vietnamese-born, Dutch-raised fashion designer, is based in Paris, where she’s going on her third season as an invited member of the exclusive Paris Haute Couture Week — basically a designer’s life achievement unlocked. But that global exposure still hadn’t fully prepared her for what she saw in her birthplace.

The scene in Vietnam had changed. The style, design and quality Xuan-Thu saw were more refined, international, creative and, well, just better. She remembers one dress in particular by Vietnamese-born designer Devon Nguyen, who was also raised in Europe. The dress was white and sleeveless and included surreal 3D details that surrounded the model, “like paper airplanes, flying by in a warm summer evening,” she recalls.

I SAW THE GROWTH [IN VIETNAM’S FASHION DESIGN INDUSTRY].

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When “Vietnam” and “clothes” are used in the same sentence, it usually has to do with that “Made in” tag. Vietnam’s garment and textile industry is the country’s largest source of exports and employs millions of people. But visit Vietnam’s fashion weeks, take a stroll around trendy Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City or even browse Rihanna’s Instagram and you’ll see that cool is on the country’s mind. With more designers returning from abroad to share their skills — and with new homegrown talent — Vietnam’s fashion scene is bursting at the seams. The country known traditionally for manufacturing clothes is increasingly becoming recognized for designing them. And from the avant-garde to the traditional, it’s a beautiful scene to watch.

“I saw the growth,” says Xuan-Thu.

The country really started wearing its fashion heart on its sleeve in the ’90s, says Hang Vo, a fashion design lecturer at ADS Vietnam Design Institute in Ho Chi Minh City. One of the first designers to go global was Minh Hanh, also from that city. She toured her collections — which embraced traditional Vietnamese weaving techniques and intricate patterns inspired by minority tribes — around Asia and Europe. Designers like Do Manh Cuong, who worked with Christian Dior and Dominique Sirop in France, also returned to Vietnam after studying fashion abroad and helped inspire Vietnamese not only with new designs but also with new business acumen.

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An outfit by Vietnamese-born designer Devon Nguyen shown during Vietnam International Fashion Week 2017.

When Hang started out in fashion design 10 years ago, there were only four options for formal study in fashion. But last October, at the Fashionology Festival in Ho Chi Minh City, she was amazed on the final night when students from 15 fashion schools packed the venue to show off their talent. And those 15 were just the schools located in the city.

There’s plenty of inspiration to go around. The more experimental designs of Nguyen Cong Tri, the Vietnamese designer of the moment, can be too much for the average human. But they’re perfect for U.S. pop stars. Rihanna posted a photo on Instagram of her wearing one of Nguyen’s designs this year. His oversize white dress shirt looks like it has been zapped by a grow ray — ending up more dress than shirt. Rihanna’s head and wrists poke out of the huge collar and cuffs like an elegant Fievel’s. Katy Perry ordered Nguyen’s stageworthy designs for her 2017 Witnessworld tour. Hang describes Nguyen’s clothes as trendy yet glamorous and, perhaps even more important, “100 percent made in Vietnam.”

Tam Nguyen, 21, says his parents first thought he wanted to be a tailor when he began studying fashion. Now, he is about to graduate from ADS and is already selling his own clothing line in Australia. And his parents get it. With all the various fashion weeks and glossy Vietnamese magazines, Tam says, fashion design has increasingly caught on with his generation. Vietnam is especially great if the designer’s focus is traditional techniques, he says; it’s sometimes a struggle for students to get material for something more modern. For that, you’re better off being in one of Asia’s other fashion capitals like China, Japan or Thailand. But maybe not for long.

Vietnam has gone through enormous social and economic change in the past few decades, and so have people’s ideas of fashion, says Hang. As luxuries multiply, she predicts, open-minded young talents will contribute more conceptual and avant-garde collections. There are also creative nostalgic trends like “pop-art áo dài” or “minority tribe streetwear,” she says, and a new emphasis on sustainable and ethical fashion brands.

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Singer Rihanna wearing Vietnamese designer Nguyễn Công Trí’s design in March 2017.

Vietnam is in some ways still finding its place on the international fashion scene. Designers are experimenting with their “heritage, methodology and ethos,” says Hang. But with high-quality craftsmanship taken from the country’s tradition of garment-making — and the boundless creativity of the younger generation — Vietnam, says Hang, is just getting started.

Meanwhile, Tam wants to work and study abroad after graduating. But after he gains some experience, he says, he’ll return home: He wants to connect generations of Vietnamese through fashion design. And besides, for fashion, Vietnam might be the place to be by then. It’s already getting there.

Michael Kors Collection

Pop hits of the past half-century formed a medley on the Michael Kors soundtrack—everything from Julie Andrews’s “My Favorite Things” to Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” The lively sampling was the key to this collection. Kors called it a love letter to individual style.

Binx Walton, the beauty from Tennessee, opened in a floral dress, a tartan cape, and leopard-print boots—a mash-up that exemplified the playful formula here. The days of designer diktats are over (indeed, Kors hasn’t been the only designer to say so this season), so he did what any big-picture guy would do: He gave us a little bit of everything. There were grunge plaids and slip dresses, a “Jackie Onassis at Doubleday” camel leather trench, and boyish pairings of Argyle and plaid or Fair Isle and pajama silk. A Margot Tenenbaum tracksuit walked the runway and also appeared in the front row on a luminous Zendaya. No designer can be all things to all people, but Kors did his darndest here. For an industry veteran, he has a very 21st-century savvy about how the fans are the ones who are now in charge.

The two biggest bits of news were a collaboration with the illustrator David Downton that yielded a va-va-voom-y hourglass dress painted with women’s portraits, plus a range of leather totes to match, and Kors’s embrace of faux fur. This was a feel-good collection for more reasons than one. At a moment when the issue of casting often trumps clothes themselves, Kors’s show felt effortlessly inclusive in multiple ways. There were unknowns and there were runway vets, twiggy girls and curvy ones, male and female models from all over the globe. Kors sees beauty everywhere—a fitting message for Valentine’s Day.

Calvin Klein’s Electrifying Popcorn Fashion Apocalypse

Finally, some clothes that make you sit up and stare.

Calvin Klein, fall 2018. Credit Shawn Brackbill for The New York Times

New York Fashion Week finally came to life Tuesday evening in the shadow of the valley of — well, not death exactly. More like a post-apocalyptic prairie seen through a B-movie lens. Toto, what happened to Kansas?

Raf Simons buried it under 50,000 gallons of popcorn.

Or, to be fair, he buried the floor of the American Stock Exchange building under 50,000 gallons of popcorn, trucked in for a wackadoodle Calvin Klein show. It piled up in drifts around the weathered sides of four skeletal barns hung with blood red Sterling Ruby mop heads and papered with spectral black and white Warhol reproductions. It was crushed under the shoes of guests, so little motes of popcorn dust blew through the air. They landed on the coats and skirts and hair of Michael B. Jordan and Nicole Kidman and Millie Bobby Brown (among many other famous people), making everyone look as though they had an unfortunate case of dandruff or had wandered into a Food Channel version of nuclear winter.

Then a model in a bright orange hazmat suit and waders appeared. Let’s rephrase: Welcome to the pop-calypse.

Since he arrived at the brand that bluejeans and minimalism built, Mr. Simons, who is from Belgium, has been fixated on defining his own brand of twisted Americana, largely built on the twin pillars of Laura Ingalls Wilder and “On the Road” (the Netflix versions) — after the rot set in. This season he took it even further, with women in giant tweed coats over sweeping lawn skirts and men in sweater vests that looked more like life vests over skinny suits and shirts buttoned tight to the neck. Everyone wore knit Fair Isle balaclavas and often big firefighters’ gloves in silver foil, which also was used in false-front A-line cocktail dresses trimmed in white lace that turned into camper-blanket sheaths at the back.

Calvin Klein, fall 2018. Credit Shawn Brackbill for The New York Times

Also the two-tone cowboy shirts and placket trousers that Mr. Simons has used in every collection since his Calvin debut, and skinny striped sweaters and sweaters with Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner knit in, plus apron dresses with nothing underneath, so the breasts were exposed (a strange segue into Naughty Nellie from the general store). Quilting squares were pieced onto crisp white shirts and reworked as bias-cut chiffon evening gowns. The effect was all very survivalist. Simon & Garfunkle’s “Sound of Silence” played in the background. So did “California Dreamin’ ” by The Mamas & The Papas.

It was both a reductionist view of the country’s most accessible myths and also stomach-churningly right. That’s where we are now: drowning in a sea of puffed corn kernels and empty calories, appropriating the appropriators.

You might not like it all (though it’s not hard to imagine those homespun balaclavas becoming a thing the next time the temperatures hit minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit), but it was viscerally recognizable, the way really good fashion — which is not the same thing as wearable clothes — is supposed to be.

The kind of fashion that suggests a different way of expressing how you think of yourself or your world at that moment. The kind of fashion that has been largely missing from the runways this week.

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Instead it has seemed like most designers were strolling around, heads turned to the sky, la-la-la-ing and minding their own business (in every sense of that phrase) rather than pushing themselves to confront the cultural mutation occurring around them. Maybe it takes an outsider’s perspective, or gumption. It’s risky to pontificate on national identity.

Coach, fall 2018. Credit Landon Nordeman for The New York Times

Fashion often likes to talk about how it offers an escape from everyday ugliness, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with beauty for beauty’s sake. Run off to the stage! Flee into show tunes!

Michael Kors did, with a variety act set to a medley of “Raindrops on Roses” and “Respect” (and Beyoncé and “West Side Story” and Madonna and more), featuring a medley of his greatest hits. Mod tartans mixed it up with bejeweled 1950s starlet sheaths; leopard furs with striped coed sweaters; flirty slip dresses with swaddling puffer stoles; camo leathers with sunflower gowns, all with matching medley footwear (pumps and winkle-pickers and boot stompers and kitten heels).

There was something for everyone — even a KO sweatshirt (get it)? — but in a time of turmoil, such style schmaltz can seem a little empty. Confrontation often isn’t pretty, but it gets you somewhere.

It’s probably not a coincidence that Stuart Vevers, the creative director of Coach and a Brit, shares many of the same American obsessions as Mr. Simons, especially when it comes to the Badlands and biker dressing. It’s expressed differently — his men and women look like luxe hobos, loaded up with tiny prairie florals in vintage lines, rough shearlings, laces and lamés, everything dangling leather tassels and charms — but the ingredients are similar. So, this season, was the sense of dystopia.

Though instead of wading through snack food, Mr. Vevers’ models had to wend their way through a forest of denuded trees, like something out of the Brothers Grimm or “The Blair Witch Project.” Maybe that’s why the bags and knapsacks they all carried were cavernous enough to fit a large part of their worldly goods inside.

Michael Kors, fall 2018. Credit Casey Kelbaugh for The New York Times

(For what it’s worth, big bags are a trend this season. They were everywhere, including at Monse, which had a top-handled carnie-striped version that also can be folded and squished under the arm. So are amped-up white shirts: See Vaquera’s dress versions, sporting portraits of its fashion forbearers, including Vivienne Westwood and Miguel Adrover, over the left breast. And wide-wale corduroy — Maria Cornejo did an especially appealing cherry red jumpsuit in her Zero Maria Cornejo line.)

But back to Coach.

“I was thinking, ‘What is our goal?’ ” Mr. Vevers said backstage before the show. Then of the people who populate his imagination: “What are they doing here? Where are they going?”

He didn’t have an answer — his Elvises just left the building — but he did have a convincing proposition for a look. We all have to start somewhere.

Luxe Event Aims to Change Haiti’s Image Through Fashion

Dozens of designers from Haiti and around the world showcased their spring-summer collections against a lush tropical background during the recent Haiti Fashion Week.

The January 28-31 event in Petionville focused on the theme “Innovation” and “haute couture” this year. Event founder Maguy Durce said her main goal was to show Haiti in a positive light, as opposed to negative images usually portrayed by the international media.

“Haiti Fashion Week is a cultural event. But we want to use it to respond to President [Donald] Trump — to his negative comments [about Haiti] — because we think if he saw what was happening this week at El Rancho [hotel], he would say, ‘Hey, I lied,’ or, ‘Hey, I was wrong,’ or, ‘I was misinformed,’ ” Durce said.

Fashion Week founder Maguy Durce. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Fashion Week founder Maguy Durce. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Trump’s reported use of a vulgar term to describe Haiti and African nations angered the Haitian-American community and sparked rallies in Port-au-Prince, New York, Palm Beach and Boston to denounce racism. Haiti’s ambassador to the United States said the comments about Haiti “hurt the country.”

The fifth edition of Haiti Fashion Week had been scheduled for November 2017, but was rescheduled after some of the designers said their collections would not be ready in time.

Young Haitian fashion designer Maille Timothee was a first-time participant in Haiti Fashion Week. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Young Haitian fashion designer Maille Timothee was a first-time participant in Haiti Fashion Week. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Young fashion designer Maille Timothee, whose fashion line is called MAE, presented her designs for the first time this year. She won applause for her colorful dresses made with unconventional textiles.

“I wanted to do something unconventional. Something unexpected. So I mixed different fabrics that people would not expect, and even what I’m wearing is an example of that,” she explained.

Model wears a design by MAE on the Haiti Fashion Week runway at El Rancho Hotel in Petionville, Haiti. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Model wears a design by MAE on the Haiti Fashion Week runway at El Rancho Hotel in Petionville, Haiti. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Timothee is the daughter of seasoned Haitian designer Immacula Pericles, who runs a highly acclaimed fashion school called Academie Verona. She also participated in Haiti Fashion Week, showcasing a collection of dresses made in the colors of the national flag and representing the natural beauty of the Caribbean country. Her collection wowed the audience.

“Well, I’ve been doing these designs for a long time now, so it’s new to some people, but we’ve been around a while,” Pericles noted. “The theme of our fashion school is Haiti will survive – so my goal is first to incorporate sustainable materials and second to make the clothing using the same international standards the big fashion houses use so that we can sell our line anywhere in the world.”

Seasoned designer Immacula Pericles also owns a fashion school called Academie Verona. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Seasoned designer Immacula Pericles also owns a fashion school called Academie Verona. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Pericles said Haiti has huge potential to excel in the fashion world.

French designer Marie-Caroline Behue flew from Paris to Port-au-Prince and went straight to work on her collection. A first-time participant in the event, she admitted to being awed by the quality and intricacy of the designs.

“I knew nothing about Haiti Fashion Week and I was amazed by the level of detail in the designs,” she admitted. “I’ve worked in the French haute couture design houses and I can tell you the designs I saw here meet the bar – and to be honest, what really piqued my interest was the men’s haute couture, because when one thinks of haute couture, they naturally think of women’s fashion, but here in Haiti, I was like, ‘Wow! They’re got couture men’s clothing.’”

French designer does a live haute couture demonstration on the runway during Haiti Fashion Week. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

French designer does a live haute couture demonstration on the runway during Haiti Fashion Week. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Haitian-American designer Marcia Roseme, whose collection features bright colored separates matched with muted tones, traveled from New York to show her first collection at Haiti Fashion Week.

“It was a great event; there were a lot of different styles that represented many markets. There was a lot of innovation, a lot of creativity and unique styles – I really like that,” she told VOA.

Haitian American designer Marcie Roseme traveled from New York to show her collection at Haiti Fashion Week. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Haitian American designer Marcie Roseme traveled from New York to show her collection at Haiti Fashion Week. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Organizer Durce, who put in many long hours to pull off a culturally rich and diverse showcase of Haitian and international artistry, was pleased with the turnout and the positive reviews from the national and international press.

“Africa Fashion TV has been here all four days, broadcasting our fashion shows live, so what we’re doing here in Haiti is being seen in 29 African countries and all over the world. Each time a person tweets or posts something about Fashion Week to Facebook, it raises Haiti’s image to a higher level.”

Durce said she’s looking forward to the sixth edition of Haiti Fashion Week – to be held in 2019.

This year, Haiti Fashion Week focused on Innovation and haute couture. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

This year, Haiti Fashion Week focused on Innovation and haute couture. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)