Michael Kors

Michael Kors defined his fall 2012 collection as “rugged elegance,” and brought his inspiration to life by sending a mix of hard and soft elements down the runway. A tan leather belt cinched a gorgeous crimson gown, for example, for an unexpected pairing that represented his rugged charm. Meanwhile, the Project Runway judge described his cozy knits as “gutsy” (bold!), which was particularly true when he paired them with chantilly lace skirts. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Michael Kors show without amazing outerwear (blanket coats, ponchos, and fur-lined trenches) and sparkling gowns (in crimson, silver, gold, and black, beaded with crystals on stretch jersey). Framed doctors’ bags, chic satchels, oxfords, and Mary-Janes completed each look. See our favorites in the gallery.

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— Violet Gaynor