By: DENISA PALSHA
WITH A RECENT POP-UP AT THE FAENA HOTEL MIAMI BEACH AND A STAR-STUDDED FALL/WINTER RUNWAY SHOW IN NEW YORK, THE LEGENDARY DESIGNER MICHAEL KORS IS HAVING A MAJOR MOMENT. WHILE HIS SPRING/SUMMER COLLECTION, FEATURED EXCLUSIVELY IN THIS FASHION EDITORIAL, IS AN HOMAGE TO URBAN RESORT INSPIRED BY THE MAGIC CITY, AUTUMN WEAR WILL BE A CELEBRATION OF THE ICONIC WOMEN OF THE 70S. HERE HE BREAKS DOWN FIVE CORNERSTONES OF HIS CREATIVE PROCESS THIS SEASON.
FASHION DIRECTION AND COPY BY DENISA PALSHA
PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK GARCIA
Denisa Palsha: What was your FW23 collection inspiration?
Michael Kors: This collection is my tribute to exceptional women, during the time when I started in fashion, who changed the world, like Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, or Tina Turner.
DP: What are your favorite pieces?
MK: I love mixed proportions. A long coat or jacket with a mini skirt or micro shorts. The idea of conceal and reveal. It is sexy, and long pieces move as you walk.
DP: Tell us about statement accessories.
MK: For times when we don’t need to dress up, I like a great accessory, whether jewelry or belt, that makes even most casual look stand out. My favorites are a silver choker, or the modernized hip-belt I reissued from 2004. I like bringing back pieces that “worked,” but changing proportions.
DP: What should every woman have in the wardrobe from your collection?
MK: A cashmere sweater, which is comfortable and looks sexy in both cold cities and in over air-conditioned warm destinations. A pair of pants to look great in from every angle, and a white or black oversized jacket to throw over the shoulders with evening gown or pair with jeans.
DP: What are similarities between dressing icons of 70s and your muses of today?
MK: The 70s were the moment when the lives of women started to get busy, complicated. And the women I dress today are multitaskers, juggling career, travel and family. In both periods women wanted to look great but needed to be comfortable and move around with freedom. That’s the essence of my collections.