De­signer Michael Kors on rewrit­ing wardrobe clas­sics and why we need to find the fun in fash­ion again.

VOGUE Australia - - News - By Zara Wong.

Michael Kors on rewrit­ing wardrobe clas­sics and why we need to find the fun in fash­ion again.


Blake Lively is on the front row of Michael Kors, look­ing how you would ex­pect Blake Lively to look at New York fash­ion week, push­ing through the morn­ing win­ter bliz­zard in a se­quined sheath gown and a coat. Se­quins for day­time? Sure, why not? In Kors’s world, it’s cropped denim strewn with crystal and feather frip­pery, or as seen here in the pages of Vogue, the street-sport shape of a zip-up hoodie made in lux­u­ri­ous tweed – with a match­ing skirt to fin­ish. “Bro­cade to the of­fice, sweat­shirts at night – I don’t think my cus­tomers pay at­ten­tion to time of day ei­ther,” says Michael Kors in his mid­town New York of­fice. It’s a com­ment on how women are dress­ing to­day, and the ethos of his show – wardrobe clas­sics elevated. That el­e­va­tion is achieved by way of tex­tures and fab­rics that epit­o­mise the fun and fri­vol­ity of fash­ion, such as os­trich feath­ers, furs and se­quins.

Within his wit­ti­cisms and quick quips lies a de­signer who ex­plores season after season how women want to dress – it’s them­selves, but bet­ter.

“Look at Jackie Kennedy – ev­ery­one says she was so con­sis­tent, but she ac­tu­ally went through lots of changes in how she dressed, chang­ing pro­por­tions and lengths, al­ways clean lines and never a lot of print or pat­tern.” He’s cracked the code of how to iden­tify a sense of style. “And the re­al­ity is in to­day’s world ev­ery­one’s a movie star, be­cause ev­ery­one has too

many pic­tures of them­selves … so you just have to look at your phone,” he says with a laugh. There’s the func­tional el­e­ment, too. “When I’m in the air­port and I see so many women mak­ing the de­ci­sion to carry a Michael Kors hand­bag on the plane, that meant the bag made her out­fit look great, but was also the prac­ti­cal one.” I ask if he ap­proaches them. “Yeah, I’m a New Yorker! New York women – are you kid­ding? I’ve had women lift their jack­ets, show me their jeans and they say: ‘Sign my ass!’”

But what he’d like to re­mind us is how to have some fun with fash­ion. “I kind of feel like we’ve for­got­ten the word charm­ing,” he says. “And flirty,” he adds, which sounds even more cheeky in his dis­tinc­tive Long Is­land ac­cent. “You put some­thing on and the right thing can make you feel like you’re wink­ing at peo­ple, but at the same time it’s a main­stay of your closet that puts a smile on your face. Fash­ion has got­ten a bit se­ri­ous. The world’s a com­pli­cated place right now, and if any­thing maybe I sound too much like a cock­eyed op­ti­mist, but I think we can bring a lit­tle joy to peo­ple get­ting dressed. Why not have a lit­tle fun?”

Looks from the Michael Kors au­tumn/win­ter ’16/’17 col­lec­tion.

Michael Kors at the end of the run­way show.

From the Michael Kors au­tumn/win­ter ’16/’17 col­lec­tion.

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