Michael Kors talks about fashion on the go
When he was just five years old, Michael Kors remembers his mother’s marriage, and in particular, her wedding dress. The dress was covered with bows and he vividly recalls thinking how terrible the bows looked. And so, in all childish innocence and honesty, he gave her a piece of his mind. His grandmother thought he was crazy, but his mother actually listened and had the tailor snip off all the bows. The dress, instantly became timeless, and sealed his future in fashion. As epiphanies go, this is as good as it gets. And it crystallised his vision for the quintessential Michael Kors women—travellers and jugglers, they embrace life. “They can’t spend time worrying about their clothes so I problemsolve their wardrobes for them. Fashion to me means having great style, and having great style is all about knowing who you are and what looks best on you,” he explains simply. A mantra that hasn’t changed in the fifty five years that have passed since. For Spice, Michael Kors, chairman and chief creative officer for his namesake brand extrapolates his particular version of style and how that stylesheet translates into the vision that defines his brand.
What is the future of fashion?
Fashion is more global than it’s ever been because people are travelling more often and if not, they’re exploring the world through social media. We see the same trends in Dubai that we do in Los Angeles. It really is a global world.
Who was your style icon growing up and how has the celebrity culture influenced your design aesthetic?
Growing up, my personal style icon was Steve McQueen. I was sold on aviators the minute I saw him wearing them in the ‘70s. And in terms of women, when I was growing up, I was obsessed with the paparazzi images of Jackie O, Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Button and Ali Macgraw. That idea of captured
moments of glamour has always influenced me.
Your design sensibility
Pragmatic glamour. I want everything I design to make my customers feel luxurious, but I also want everything to feel practical enough to use everyday.
With athleisure gaining ground in fashion across the globe, where does your brand of sporty genre of luxury find its niche?
I think women will continue to look for clothes and accessories that can keep up with a fast life, but i think they’ll realise that doesn’t have to mean yoga pants and sweatshirts. Our entire collection, from pants to gowns, is designed to keep up with the pace of life today, and people appreciate that.
The Michael Michael Kors fall collection
The Fall 2019 Michael Michael Kors is really about the modern mix. I’ve always loved the juxtaposition of casual and polished. Fashion is embracing personal style and eclecticism more and more—and fall really celebrates that.
India’s role in the MK universe
We’ve had stores in India since 2014 and are thrilled to be serving our customers there. I’ve always admired the rich visual culture of India—the army of colours, the textiles, the incredible jewellery—as well as the distinctive fashion sensibility of our customers from India.
Photo courtesy JASON SCHMIDT
MULTI FACETED Michael Kors, Chief Creative Officer, Michael Kors; The Michael Kors Access MKGO smartwatch (below); Bedford Travel Medium Logo Stripe Satchel (bottom page)
COMFORTABLE CHIC Dark camel/black logoed jacquard dress and trench with cheetah Keeley trainers and Whitney shoulder bag (above)
GET, SET, GO Astor leather shoulder bag, faux Mongolian trimmed denim jacket, cheetah matte jersey dress (below)
PRAGMATIC GLAMOUR Studded leather convertible shoulder bag (extreme left); Scarlet georgette ruffled dress; patent leather Moto boot