A Minute With: Fashion's Michael Kors on 'staying on the street'

Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:59pm EST
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By Alicia Powell

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Michael Kors, whose namesake fashion house is best known for its urban-inspired women's clothing and accessories, has taken a more laid-back approach to its fall-winter collection with muted colors drawn from Northern California's craggy coastline.

The line shown last week at New York's Fashion Week featured voluminous textured jackets and skirts with accents of fur and embroidered details, flowing printed dresses with cinched waists and chunky knits along with tailored coats and baggy trousers.

Kors, 54, who serves as chief creative officer of Michael Kors Holdings Ltd, spoke with Reuters ahead of the show about why he doesn't think it's fair to pick a favorite design, spotting his designs on the street and why he likes to unwind in California.

Q: What do you not mind talking about before a fashion show?

A: I don't mind the 'What's the mood of the collection?' Because that's what I'm trying to evoke when we put on the show. It is a mood, it's a feeling, it's an attitude. What I never like, 'What's your favorite piece in the whole collection?' That's like asking a parent with a lot of children to throw most of their children under the bus, so that one is never my favorite. But what's the mood? Yeah, that's what it's all about. We're trying to dress people for their lives, but we're also trying to set a tone.

Q: So about the mood ... what is that going to be?

A: The mood is, well, I'm a big-city guy. I'm a New Yorker, and so many of my clients really are urban people all around the planet, but we all crave unplugging. The place that's the most wonderful for me to do that is Big Sur in Northern California: nature all around you, no cell (mobile) reception, no Wi-Fi and an easiness.

There's a relaxed hands-in-the-pocket slouch to it that I love, but then, let's be honest, we all have to live this fast life. So this is really, 'How do you take that Big Sur attitude and bring it into the big city?' And it's (the fashion collection) the convergence of the two.   Continued...

Designer Michael Kors acknowledges the crowd after his Spring/Summer 2014 collection show during New York Fashion Week in this file photo taken September 11, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott/Files