Michael Kors.

You have to give respect to Michael Kors. He has won numerous design accolades, pushed forth the American sense of chic, and judges Project Runway.

In terms of menswear, his latest Spring collection seems a tad weak. I wonder if he has anything to do with what he wears every day.

Yes, Mr. Kors wears literally the same thing, every day. I’m sure he has many pairs of this outfit, but the idea that a fashion designer of his stature can justify not changing his look because “it saves him time,” is ridiculous. That quote, of course, is anecdotal, but he does wear the same thing; he wears a black t-shirt, a black blazer, and jeans.

Can you take a designer seriously who does not embody what he produces? If style is about exerting that extra little effort to putting an outfit together, does Kors harm his business by seemingly snubbing that ethos? What does that say about his product if he himself does not wear anything new, or even slightly different?

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4 Responses to “Michael Kors.”

  1. 1 Meghan October 1, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Although I see what you are saying, I think one of the biggest reasons Michael Kors wears the same thing everyday is, because he never wants to appear dated. He is photographed a lot and if he wore everything that he produced, we’d probably be able to tell what season it is simply by what he has on. On the contrary, I think him wearing the same thing every day makes us pay MORE attention to what his collection says, because we look to the runway and not the celebrity Michael Kors has become thanks to Project Runway.

  2. 2 Barret October 2, 2008 at 9:00 am

    “Never trust a skinny chef,” as the saying goes, but I have to disagree. Kors has said in an interview that he went through his younger years keeping up with fashion trends, but that eventually, he found it easier to go with the classics. I’d go further to say that, as a 49 year-old man, he’s simply acting in good taste.

    Would a little more variety be nice? Sure, but keep in mind that the black shirt, black blazer, and jeans look is all his own in the fashion industry, and it strengthens his image from a branding standpoint.

  3. 3 Tom October 2, 2008 at 11:08 am

    I think the difference is two-fold: Firstly, it might not matter to women as much because Kors is a man, and he is not going to be able to reflect the womenswear he designs in his personal wardrobe.

    Secondly, the reality is that his look is dated, it was nice in the mid-90’s, but now he looks seriously odd. However, Barret’s point about how branding is increased through his recognized “look” is very interesting and brings up the question: Does Kors do this to make sure he (and his brand) is recognized?

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