#NYFWSuzy: Michael Kors – Viva Vacation!
How does Michael Kors stay so happy, I asked the designer as he entangled himself backstage from Nicole Kidman with Mario Testino, Naomi Watts, and mother and daughter Catherine Zeta Jones and Carys Zeta Douglas.
“I’m never a glass half empty person – I’m always glass half full”, the designer replied. “Maybe I sound Pollyanna, but I think when you wear the right clothes you feel better.”
Especially perhaps when you are on a perpetual vacation wearing brief dresses with tie-dye splashes of pink, or trousers in sky blue patterned with palm fronds. The general feeling, from bags trimmed with raffia and strings of floral leis, is that the beach was never far away.
Yet the Michael Kors skill is to make wardrobe sense out clothes even if they are sugar pink all over. Take off the loose knitted coat in a marshmallow shade, team it with something dark and chic and the eternal summer closet could do double duty in the city.
Kidman, 50, showed how to dress for early September in white flower petals on a marine blue dress. The pleasing sound of Grammy-nominated Sara Bareilles and the Waitress’ band brought the show to life.
Presenting outfits for both sexes has helped Kors extend his world. Men too wore some of the tie-dye patterns but there was more of a focus on tailoring that was also available for women destined for The Hamptons rather than Malibu.
The significance of Kors is not that he tries to break new ground, but rather that he makes his clothes seem part of a world in which it is desirable to have a share.
The leaf patterns seemed fresher than more familiar flowers, giving a touch of something new, not to shock in any way, but rather to be absorbed into the designer’s happy, happy universe.