FASHION EM­PIRE

Michael Kors talks about fashion on the go

India Today - - CONTENTS - By CHUMKI BHARADWAJ

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

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