Michael Kors thinks too many designers “live in a tower”.
The designer showed his Fall/Winter 14 line at New York Fashion Week on Wednesday. It was praised for being truly for real women, rather than full on unwearable pieces which only suit models.
For Michael, that is the essence of his label.
“I live in the world, not my world. I think some designers have a tendency to live in a tower and they forget what real life is like,” he told style.com. “Yes, I actually go food shopping. Yes, I actually walk on the street. Yes, I know what it’s like to live a very busy life. I think I design in a way that there’s function, but there’s also fantasy. I always try to balance the two, and I think people appreciate that.”
Michael was one of many designers who decided against showing in the iconic Bryant Park tents this year. New York Fashion Week has been accused of becoming too big, with more focus on bloggers than buyers. For this reason many big names decided to move their presentations elsewhere, with Michael showing at Spring Studios.
He believes the new venue actually suited his collection better. The line was a master class in taupe and layering, with models wearing midi skirts, long tailored coats and fur accents. Blouses were also big news and look set to be one of the big Fall/Winter 14 trends, with many of the pieces having a whimsical feel to them.
“Different clothes work in different settings. My clothes [have] discretion to them, and it’s about the quality,” he explained. “This particular collection is full of a lot of texture, so if you can be in a more intimate space, you actually can sense the texture – you’re up close. Daylight, in particular for this collection, was paramount to me. I used to have shows where we’d have 75 people in my showroom, so by the time we got to 1,200 in the tent, intimacy was definitely gone. We really want the focus to be on the clothes.”
Models sported a relaxed beauty look, which Michael explained was born out of his love for driving a convertible during the colder months. Doing that leaves women with undone hair and a pretty flush, which he wanted to recreate. He hopes ladies will take a tip from him, insisting the “worst thing a woman can do” is to pile on make-up so they look nothing like themselves.
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