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Runway to Red Carpet: Stars Swathed in Spring, and a Flurry of Dior

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Carey MulliganWith the last days of fashion month still fresh in our minds (has it really been over two weeks since we left Paris?), we’re already seeing some of the season’s buzzed-about collections on red-carpet A-listers. The New York Film Festival closed this weekend with a screening of Her, and all three of the flick’s screen sirens stepped out in looks fresh off the Spring ’14 runways. Leading lady Amy Adams wore a figure-hugging Spring ’14 Prabal Gurung lavender sheath with a wide, plunging neckline. Olivia Wilde chose a white blouse and khaki palazzo pants from Michael Kors’ Spring ’14 runway, and Rooney Mara opted for a textured leather top and a black and cream pleated skirt bonded with black and silver foil from Proenza Schouler’s Spring ’14 offering. Last but certainly not least, red-carpet newcomer Lupita Nyong’o impressed in a fresh Spring ’14 Miu Miu frock with a kitschy parrot print at the L.A. premiere of her new film, 12 Years a Slave, on Monday evening.

Dior also made a strong showing on the celebrity circuit this week. Allison Williams, Kate Bosworth, and Carey Mulligan all chose frocks from the Parisian house; the latter donned a sunny yellow cocktail dress with a structured bodice. It was refreshing to see the (currently) brunette bombshell, who has been working with neutral tones in her wardrobe and makeup lately, play it up in a vibrant hue and striking red lip.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

Help Michael Kors Cure Hunger

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Last January, Michael Kors partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme to further his long-standing effort to alleviate the international hunger crisis. Indeed, that’s no small goal—but Kors is dead set on achieving it. “Hunger is a solvable problem, but in order to solve it, we need everyone in the world to be aware of it,” the designer told Style.com. Today is World Food Day, and in order to help spread the word, Kors is launching a new project under his Watch Hunger Stop initiative. In addition to asking shoppers to donate to the WFP after making purchases at Michael Kors stores, and releasing his 100 Series watch—each sale of which will help feed 100 children—Kors has whipped up a series of Watch Hunger Stop shirts. The tees will be given away outside Michael Kors retail locations in New York, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, and recipients are encouraged to go into photo booths at participating stores and strike a pose. The resulting snaps will be streamed all day on billboards in Times Square, WatchHungerStop.com, social media outlets, and right here on Style.com. Kors added, “From the billboards to the store events, everything is aimed at engaging and educating our fans—to show them that if we all do a little, we can make a big difference.”

Shop The Look: Opposites Attract

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Shop the Look: Black and White

Some things in life really are black and white—like the style set’s color palette of choice. From Tommy Ton’s street-style snaps to the latest Spring ’14 runways, black and white remains a foolproof, timeless sartorial formula. At Balmain, Olivier Rousteing whipped up oversized black and white houndstooth checks and quilted jackets; J.W. Anderson played with whisper-thin gossamer; and Giambattista Valli sent out tiny crop tops and molded, flowerlike skirts. Since spring is a bit far off, we’re looking forward to making a graphic statement with cool-weather staples like slouchy knits and flat boots. Shop our favorite black and white pieces by Givenchy, Michael Kors, and more, below.

1. Thierry Lasry two-tone acetate cat-eye sunglasses, $485, available at www.net-a-porter.com

2. Neil Barrett color-block knitted sweater, $580, available at www.net-a-porter.com

3. Michael Kors Miranda large tote with quilted gusset, $1,295, available at www.shopbop.com

4. Givenchy black and white leather ankle boot, $1,650, available at www.net-a-porter.com

5. Neil Barrett Zigzag wool-blend miniskirt, $520, available at www.net-a-porter.com

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”” »

Cross My Heart

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Versace, Catherine Zeta-Jones in Michael Kors, Bouchra Jarrar

This month at the Fall ’13 Couture shows, a string of designers skipped the strapless cut and instead embraced a crisscross or strip of fabric just above the heart. “The cross-body neckline is a modern look at Couture,” stylist Jessica de Ruiter explains. “It allows for a flash of skin despite the dress being quiet, covered with long sleeves, or classic in its silhouette.”

At Atelier Versace, Donatella deftly proved her hand at Couture (having returned to show again in Paris only a year and a half ago) with a striking body-con number featuring open panels, which, to de Ruiter’s point, revealed nothing and everything all at once. Subtle seduction appeared at Bouchra Jarrar, too, where the designer paired the cross-my-heart neckline with menswear separates, tempering its overt sex appeal with trousers. And Alexandre Vauthier brought a new draped take to the trend, artfully crossing the fabric over the chest while still leaving plenty of skin on display. The design even made its way across the Atlantic, landing on Catherine Zeta-Jones at New York’s Red 2 premiere. She donned a revelatory Michael Kors (from Fall ’13, no less) that kept the trend on track despite New York’s near-triple-digit weather.

Photos: Marcus Tondo/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Versace);  Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com (Catherine Zeta-Jones); Allesandro Viero/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Bouchra Jarrar)