Bella Hadid models fashion from the Michael Kors collection during Fashion Week in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. (Richard Drew\/Associated Press) By Jill Dobson and Nekesa Mumbi Moody\u2009|\u2009AP September 11 at 4:43 PM NEW YORK \u2014 There were no flag outfits, but Michael Kors\u2019 show for New York Fashion Week was very much a patriotic tribute as he saluted American fashion with a collection that ran from nautical chic to classic glamour-girl gowns to whimsical polka-dot designs. Taking place Wednesday, the last official day of fashion week, the show fell on one of the most solemn days in New York \u2014 the anniversary of the 9\/11 attacks. While the terrorist attack was not referenced, the show radiated not only American pride but themes of love of peace, from a sweater worn by a model that had the word \u201cHATE\u201d crossed out with a red line to the music of the Young People\u2019s Chorus of New York City, who serenaded the crowd with songs including Don McLean\u2019s \u201cAmerican Pie\u201d to Woody Guthrie\u2019s \u201cThis Land is Your Land\u201d to the O\u2019Jays \u201cLove Train.\u201d Kors told The Associated Press that the collection was inspired by many different threads of the American experience, from the recently reimagined Broadway musical \u201cOklahoma\u201d to his immigrant ancestors. \u201cWe got for a gift DNA tests \u2014 and in fact Gigi Hadid sent them to me \u2014 and we did our DNA and I realized I had never been to Ellis Island \u2014crazy for a native New Yorker,\u201d he said. \u201cWe went and we found my great grandmother\u2019s arrival records and she was 14 years old, she had $10, she literally had nothing. ... I walked out feeling incredibly patriotic because I thought about the fact that she built a business, raised a family and her dream was to cross the river to Brooklyn.\u201d He was, of course, also inspired by American fashion. \u201cIt\u2019s looking at sportswear which, hey, we invented it. America is not the land of the ball gown. And the world dresses in sportswear. It\u2019s looking at all of that sportswear, which is finding this wonderful balance of power and glamour,\u201d he said. To that end, the show was a mix of casual, sporty outfits to sparkly dresses that harkened back to the Rita Hayworth era of silver screen glamour. Gigi Hadid wore a fitted black gown with silver studs, poufy long sleeves that had extra draping at both hips; another model wore a blue double-breasted, gold-buttoned blazer with exaggerated, billowing shoulders. There was a one-piece bathing suit dotted by tiny metallic anchors; a belted-black romper suit with gold trim, worn by Bella Hadid; and a whimsical red-and-white checkered outfit that included a blazer, shorts and a bra top paired with chunky white sandals. Actresses Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson and Yalitza Aparicio were among the stars who turned out for Kors\u2019 show on the banks of Brooklyn in a converted greenhouse that kept its topiary feel with a plethora of trees that decorated the cavernous space. Actress Lucy Hale raved about the designer: \u201cMichael Kors is just iconic. He\u2019s so classic. He\u2019s so lovely. This is sort of capping off my fashion week and I thought it was a great way to end an amazing week.\u201d Aparicio, nominated for an Oscar earlier this year for her work in \u201cRoma,\u201d wore a silver wrap gown with ruffles from Kors as she chatted with Kidman before the show. \u201cMichael Kors was one of the first designers that provided me his designs to dress me during award season,\u201d she said, \u201cand so I have the opportunity to have a new experience in the fashion world.\u201d Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.