We lis­ten in on a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween de­signer and muse.

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when de­signer Michael Kors tapped his model muse and friend Lily Aldridge to star in the cam­paign for his new fra­grance, Won­der­lust, it was a ma­jor love fest. Here’s their ex­clu­sive chat about the project.

Lily Aldridge “What in­spired Won­der­lust?” Michael Kors “I’ve made a few fra­grances based on des­ti­na­tions—like Is­land, one of my first fra­grances, and Sexy Rio—but this one was re­ally about the jour­ney. I love the idea that any­thing can hap­pen. So that was a dif­fer­ent ap­proach for me.” L. A. “Is there a cure for wan­der­lust, do you think?” M. K. “No, and, frankly, I’m glad there isn’t. To work in a cre­ative field and be suc­cess­ful, you have to stay cu­ri­ous. Trav­el­ling opens your eyes to so many dif­fer­ent things in the world—it’s an end­less source of in­spi­ra­tion.”

L. A. “What do you al­ways bring with you on va­ca­tion?” M. K. “Bain de Soleil Trans­par­ent Sun­screen Spray. It has a lit­tle bit of SPF, the smell is divine and it’s easy to use. And I never leave home without at least one pair of avi­a­tors. They’re a god­send af­ter overnight flights.” M. K. “Where’s your favourite place to es­cape to?” L. A. “A quiet, re­mote beach with my fam­ily. I ab­so­lutely love go­ing some­where where I have no cell ser­vice. You have to put down your phone and en­joy the mo­ment when you can!” M. K. “Do you col­lect sou­venirs?” L. A. “I al­ways bring home a lo­cal treat when I travel, usu­ally a bot­tle of olive oil or spices. We love to cook in my home, and it’s fun to in­cor­po­rate the items I col­lect from around the world.”

L. A. “What do you make of this re­turn to in­di­vid­u­al­ity that is hap­pen­ing in fash­ion and beauty right now?” M. K. “We have more peo­ple in­ter­ested in fash­ion than ever be­fore, and that’s a good thing. With the In­ter­net and so­cial media, it’s like ev­ery­one is their own ed­i­tor. They’re watch­ing the shows, they’re read­ing the re­ports and they’re de­vel­op­ing a true sense of per­sonal style—what’s not great about that? Fash­ion is no longer this closed in­sider-only world. It keeps de­sign­ers on their toes.” L. A. “Do you think women worry too much about fol­low­ing fash­ion and beauty rules?” M. K. “We’re so over­in­formed to­day; I think it’s easy for some women to get caught up in the rules and what’s ‘on trend’ and what’s not. I al­ways tell my cus­tomers ‘If some­thing doesn’t work for you or your life­style, walk away from it. When you try to force some­thing, that’s when you start to make fash­ion mis­takes. The best clothes, ac­ces­sories and beauty choices are the ones that make you feel like your best self.’”

L. A. “How do you stay cre­ative?” M. K. “I’ve learned that noth­ing ever stays the same. It’s con­stantly chang­ing, and, hon­estly, that’s what keeps me go­ing af­ter all these years. If ev­ery day were the same, I’d be bored. I’m cu­ri­ous by na­ture and a pop-cul­ture vul­ture, so I read, see, watch and lis­ten to every­thing. I al­ways think that as long as you’re out there and en­gag­ing in the world, then there’s never a lack of in­spi­ra­tion.” h

“You’re fear­less, beau­ti­ful and al­ways ready for an ad­ven­ture—it’s your ad­ven­tur­ous spirit that I wanted to cap­ture for Won­der­lust,” Kors told Aldridge of his in­spi­ra­tion for his lat­est scent. The re­sult? Open­ing notes of Ital­ian berg­amot and almond milk, fol­lowed by flo­rals like jas­mine and he­liotrope on a base of san­dal­wood. Michael Kors Won­der­lust ($125 for 100 mL). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

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