(Photos: David Russell/The Martha Stewart Show)

Should Michael Kors ever want to abdicate his burgeoning fashion empire, he could ace a screen test at the Food Network—and probably start a craze for black cashmere aprons (so basic, luxurious, and modern that wearers will gladly forgo all recipes involving flour). The prospect of the dapper designer joining the one and only Martha Stewart in her TV kitchen was all the convincing we neeeded to throw on a Kors-designed ensemble, hop in the UnBeigemobile, and join the bright-eyed studio audience for yesterday’s taping of The Martha Stewart Show (the episode will re-air today at 1 p.m. EST on the Hallmark Channel).

For even a veteran chef, the combination of Monday morning, live television, and the eagle eye of Martha Stewart could be a recipe for disaster, but Kors expertly walked viewers through the preparation of the pineapple upside-down cake perfected by his Grandma Bea, a junior high school principal and fashionista who “always wore a lot of jewelry when she cooked.” Kors divulged that he had spent Sunday in the kitchen whipping up a practice cake. “I wanted to make sure that I was going to be Martha-ready,” he told Stewart, who was dressed in a moss green Michael Kors ensemble. “Unfortunately, I had an I Love Lucy moment. Sugar flying everywhere, it was crazy.” No such problems on set. After Kors inverted the pan to reveal an immaculate glistening ring, Stewart pronounced his cake a delicious success.


Later, after Stewart and friends concocted salted-caramel ice cream and pumpkin cream pie, Kors returned to showcase four looks (pictured below) from his travel-inspired resort 2011 collection. “I took a trip out west to a gorgeous hotel called the Amangiri,” he explained. “And we started thinking about how do you do sustainable things that are still luxurious.” He struck a balance with an organic cashmere ombré sweaterdress that evoked a Utah sunset, a chunky cream cardigan paired with a skirt of organic lace, a shell pink look anchored by a long skirt (“the word ballgown frightens me”) in washed taffeta, and a terrific mudcloth sheath dress. None of which deterred Stewart from playing the role of fashion critic when shown a photo of Kors on horseback—in sneakers. “You don’t even have riding boots?” she exclaimed. “You’re supposed to be a fashion icon!” The designer shrugged off the footwear faux pas. “Well you know, fashion icon in sneakers. What can I tell you?”