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Michael Kors: “Fashion Is An Athletic Competition”

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Michael KorsToday, Michael Kors will join the ranks of Karl Lagerfeld, Dries Van Noten, and Oscar de la Renta when he accepts his Award for Artistry of Fashion from the Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Though the man, who has created one of fashion’s largest empires with his namesake American sportswear label, hardly needs an introduction, Hilary Swank will be on hand at the Lincoln Center luncheon to properly present him with the honor. Style.com caught up with Kors to talk about fashion as a sport, triple shoulder pads, and more. And no, in case you were wondering, even a pro like Kors is not ready for fashion week. “You know, we are never ready until five minutes before the show,” Kors told us. “But that’s the way it is.”

You’ve been designing for over thirty years. Do you still find fashion exciting?
This morning, I was watching that swimmer Diana [Nyad] who is 64 years old, and she really had the endurance to keep trying and keep persevering. Fashion is an athletic competition and you have to have endurance and you have to stay excited about the idea that things are always changing. The world always changes, therefore fashion changes. I am excited about the fact that no matter how many years I have been doing it, you never know all the rules. You never know exactly what the game is going to be because the game is always changing.

What have been the most interesting changes you have seen in fashion during the course of your career?
There are three changes that have rocked fashion and continue to do so. Number one is the internet. Fashion became accessible quickly and 24/7 to anyone who was interested all around the planet. Clothes used to be very specific by country. The introduction of the Web was like when the Berlin Wall fell—it took down the barriers around the world in fashion. Number two, the rules have totally been thrown out the window. No one would have thought that people would be going to parties and fashion shows in February wearing sandals, or that they would wear sequins in the office during the day. Plus, the idea of “dressing your age,” has been totally diminished. In today’s world, if you have amazing legs, you might be a 60-year-old and wearing a short dress. Or, on the other hand, you might be 16 years old and instead of looking girly, you look sophisticated. The biggest change, though, is probably the democratization of fashion. When I started, you had to be wealthy and fashion-obsessed and live in a big city to really feel that there was anything in the fashion game for you. Today, it’s all about a certain taste level, a certain point of view design-wise, and it’s not about the price tag.

You are getting the award from FIT, where you attended school. What was one of the most challenging moments from your time there? I did not grow up sewing. There was no sewing machine in my house. The idea of sitting down and trying to be really exacting at the sewing machine was like an I Love Lucy episode—me sewing turned into Lucy at the chocolate factory. On the other side of the coin, I had been sketching since I was really small. When I arrived at school, they were trying to teach us really rudimentary things [about sketching] and I was like, “I have been doing since I was a 6-year-old.” I was either left back or a genius. I was never in the middle while I was in school. That’s for sure. Continue Reading “Michael Kors: “Fashion Is An Athletic Competition”” »

Get The Look: Effortlessly Editorial

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As the assistant to the queen of over-the-top style, Anna Dello Russo, it comes as no surprise that Carlotta Oddi has a covetable look all her own. But while her boss has been known for sporting outrageous getups—the Alexander McQueen visor and Piers Atkinson cherry-on-top hat come to mind—Carlotta has a clean, classic aesthetic with an editorial edge. She was recently spotted in Paris, by Stockholm Streetstyle’s Daniel Troyse, wearing a Valentino coat and bag with Givenchy boots. Get her look with the essentials below.


From top left, below: Chloé coat, $2,705, available at www.farfetch.com; Karen Walker sunglasses, $250, available at www.lagarconne.com; Givenchy boots, $1,695, available at www.netaporter.com; Valentino bag, $1,895, available at www.forwardforward.com

Azealia Banks, Victor Of 2012, Takes Aim At 2013

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Fashion rallied behind the cause of Azealia Banks in 2012: There were the umpteen performances (the Chanel after-party, the Karl launch party, the Anna Dello Russo x H&M party, the Terryworld Art Basel party), the endorsements (Azealia for T by Alexander Wang), the collaborations (Azealia x MAC), the Fashion’s Night Out performance, the red-carpet walk at the Met Gala. Today’s forecast? Twelve more months to come. Now spinning: “BBD” (that’s “Bad Bitches Do It”), the latest Banks track, released via Twitter and laced with enough four-letter words to make earphones at the office a solid recommendation.

Photo: David X. Prutting / BFAnyc.com

More To Covet

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Little Lagerfeld and mini Man Repeller? Oh yes. As a celebration of The Coveteur‘s new 2.0 version rollout today, the Web site created a short film featuring some of fashion’s biggest personalities (and some of the site’s past subjects), including Anna Dello Russo, Lagerfeld, Susie Bubble, Bryan Boy, and Style.com’s Tommy Ton. “We spent so much time on casting and styling—we wanted it to be spot on,” Erin Kleinberg, the site’s cofounder and creative director, tells Style.com. As for the new and improved Coveteur, it’s got twice as many photos, has enabled visitors to create their own closet, and has a new integrated shopping experience allowing you to shop the closets of Rachel Zoe, Leandra Medine, Tommy Hilfiger, and more, directly on the site. Coming soon on The Coveteur, an inside glimpse into Hugh Hefner’s closet. “That was sort of a dream come true,” admits Kleinberg. “We love pajama dressing around here—it’s sort of an everyday occurrence at this office.” And the editors at the Style.com office are especially happy to hear they’ve got the Olsen sisters high on their To Be Coveted wishlist.

Anna Dello Russo’s Rules Of Fashion

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For the inimitable Anna Dello Russo, rules are everything and nothing. “I play with the rules to break the rules,” the globe-galloping Japanese Vogue editor told Style.com yesterday at Eloise at the Plaza. She was there to launch her new H&M accessories collection, an ornamental fantasia of curling reptile bracelets, dominatrix boots, and turquoise-and-gilt everything, from earrings to roller bags. (See her “Fashion Shower” video for the collection here.) “The jewelry I made is completely crazy for a cheap collection, no? It’s out of scale, it’s all gold, enormous size and microscopic size. This is the way,” Dello Russo said. While we had her in declaration mode, we asked her for as many fashion guidelines as she’d give.


  • A faux pas is not a negative thing, it’s a positive.

  • Don’t carry a big handbag—it makes for a lot of trouble. A small bag is more personal, more about you.

  • Wear night clothes in the daytime. This is my favorite rule to break, because every day is a fashion day. Every day you have to be an optimist.

  • Be bold—always a provocative message. Don’t think about what people want from you. Have the philosophy of children. They don’t put limits on their fantasy.

  • I like to go to the airport perfectly dressed up. Then on the plane, I change into my Abercrombie pants.
  • If you’re not that important, you cannot be wearing sunglasses inside.

  • I prefer to go barefoot rather than wear cheap shoes.

  • Take the best from every woman that you know. I always copy women I see who dress well.

  • Take inspiration from books, magazines, literature, poets. Fashion needs a lot of culture.

  • Don’t eat or drink during a fashion show. It’s not polite.

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