On Thursday evening, he held true to his tradition, filling the enormous Lexington Avenue Armory with puffy clouds—actually cloud-shaped pillows hanging from the ceiling—and serenading the crowd with the message that "Happy Days Are Here Again."
Oh, and he had a Kardashian on the runway, or almost: Kendall Jenner, the model daughter of Kris and Bruce Jenner, and half-sister of Kim. She turned heads by walking in a completely sheer V-neck top.
But back to that soundtrack: Was it a happy message, or an eerie one? The soundtrack featured actress Jessica Lange, according to the program, not singing the song but speaking it repeatedly in somewhat ominous tones—in the opinion of some, at least. The line "cloudy gray times you are now a thing of the past" could easily have been a reference to the miserable weather the city has experienced during the week.
The clothes did not seem to offer much of a clue to the message. They started with dresses in neutral colors—cream, gray, brown—and moved on to tops and pants, and then to knit separates, and some of those sheer long tops.
Then came a series of sequined tops and dresses, including a particularly lovely long-sleeved, multicolored sequin dress, and some big boxy jackets.
Shoes included boots of various heights, the best being some great over-the-knee boots—way too nice to take outside, where increasingly deep puddles of melted slush awaited everyone as they headed away from the clouds and out into to the cold and rainy Manhattan night.