We caught up with the always-charming Michael Kors backstage at his Spring 2014 runway show today, where he let us pick his brain about the inspiration behind the relaxed, romantic collection. The main thing the iconic designer seemed to have in mind was "the opposite of skintight: no bandage dresses, no leggings" — works for us! Michael also let us in on the biggest challenge he faced while designing the pieces and dropped some true '90s nostalgia when revealing the craziest thing that's ever happened to him during a runway show. You won't want to miss what he has to say, so watch our NYFW interview with the impossibly charismatic Michael Kors now.
Katie Holmes popped up in the front row at the Michael Kors Spring 2014 runway show in NYC today. She wore a colorful head-to-toe look from the brand and posed with the designer backstage before taking her seat next to actress Kate Mara. Katie isn't just at NYFW to take in shows — she also presented her own collection, Holmes & Yang, with her stylist and business partner Jeanne Yang earlier this week.
Katie has been hanging in the Big Apple while filming her latest project, Miss Meadows, and tending to her injured daughter, Suri Cruise. Since breaking her arm a few weeks ago, Suri has been sporting a tiny cast with funny messages written on it, including one from a friend reading, "No butt smacking with this!"
The models on the Michael Kors runway always look breezy and beautiful, and Spring 2014 was no different. Like Michael's past collections, sporty beauty was a common theme in the makeup, hair, and nails. Lead makeup artist Dick Page wanted an effortless makeup look with defined features. "You can sense a brow or a lip or the eyes, but everything's just a little bit diffused," he said. A slight berry flush on the lips, courtesy of Michael Kors Lip Lacquer in Dame ($24) and two types of bronzer — Michael Kors Bronze Powder in Glow and Flush ($50) — created a healthy, vibrant look.
Lead hairstylist Orlando Pita wanted the girls to look like they'd come off of a night out. A messy, loose bun with plenty of free strands was pretty but had a bit of an edge. And there were no hair elastics in sight; Pita created the knot using just twists and pins. Jin Soon Choi swathed the nails in Michael Kors Nail Laquer in Hint ($18), which she was calling a "foundation nude," a color so effortless that it blended into each models' individual skin tone. Be sure to check out the entire collection on POPSUGAR Fashion.
Michael Kors must have been feeling groovy while designing Spring 2014. With a mellow soundtrack — including Bette Midler and Fleetwood Mac — floaty printed tea dresses, belted cardigans, and slit maxi skirts wafted down the runway in a '40s-meets-'70s mashup that is utterly wearable down to the chunky platform sandals. There was a heavy emphasis on luxe vacation wear with '40s-style two-pieces and even a pair of denim shorts. We never say this after a show, but we couldn't feel more relaxed.
See all the photos and video of the collection here.
Michael Kors has a formula for success when it comes to his runway designs, and we're noticing a pattern in his hair and makeup looks, too. Taking a look through this runway retrospective, you might notice a trend. Michael tends to veer towards basic beauty, especially a bright flush, bronzed skin, or a red lipstick. From season to season, he vacillates between tousled looks and sleek strands. We can't wait to see what will come down the Michael Kors runway this year, but until then, click through to reminisce on seasons past.
Before we fell in love with him (again) for his honest critiques on 10 seasons of Project Runway, we already knew Michael Kors as the quintessential all-American designer, with an affinity for the classics and collections inspired by his travels. For consistent sophistication and undeniably chic outerwear, women look to him for cozy cashmere turtlenecks, glam evening gowns, and ladylike trousers — all of which are impeccably tailored. Over the past 30 years, he has built one of the most famous lifestyle brands in fashion, and after looking through his memorable collections, it's no wonder Mr. Kors has garnered quite the following. Catch up on Kors, and get excited for what's to come for Spring '14.
Olivia Munn exited her NYC apartment en route to David Letterman's studios looking simply lethal in a nude and black Michael Kors dress from the Pre-Fall 2013 collection. We can't get enough of the mix of the strapless corset top and the beautiful lace pencil skirt — it's a little sassy and a little sweet. While this look is a lot for daytime, it would make a perfect nighttime cocktail party companion. Just tuck a structured corset top into a lace skirt, then finish off with classic pumps and red lips for a retro finish. Shop similar pieces below to get Olivia's look now.
With Summer quickly coming to a close, we're adding far more white dresses to this week's wardrobe while we can. And who better to turn to for styling inspiration than some of the most fashionable famous faces? We're looking to Julianne Hough, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Vanessa Hudgens, Rita Ora, Sophia Bush, Sofia Vergara, Emma Roberts, Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne, Chrissy Teigen, Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyoncé, Kerry Washington — and the list goes on. The best part of breaking out the LWD is that it's just so easy to wear . . . with just about everything. From a classic white pump to a metallic sandal to a fun pop of color via a crossbody bag, it's all fair game. Click through to see how our favorite celebrities styled their white Summer dresses, and then put your own spin on it.