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Q&A: Michael Kors looks back at his 30-year career—the trends, the tears, and the trunk shows

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Michael Kors Fall 2011. Photography by Peter Stigter.

Michael Kors Fall 2011. Photography by Peter Stigter.

Michael Kors on celebrating his 30th anniversary, staying plugged in and becoming an adjective.

All-American. Spirited. Jetsetter. You can spot Michael Kors from a mile away. Over the course of his 30 years in the fashion industry, the man and the brand have become one and the same, morphing into a mega-empire that, as rumour has it, hit a billion dollars in sales this year. Not bad for a boy from Long Island, New York. Adored by Hollywood A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez, soccer moms and First Ladies alike (Michelle Obama wore Kors for her first official White House portrait), his rise to fashion royalty took off in 1981, when he launched his eponymous womenswear line.

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Fashion news: Erin Fetherston’s Juicy gown, Coco Rocha poses avec husband and Gerard Butler for L’Oréal

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Erin Fetherston‘s first collection as creative director for Juicy Couture–a holiday capsule line–has a velour evening gown. Fetherston wore a similar dress to the Met Gala, her first day of work for the brand, which is taking a new direction after parting ways with its founders. [WWD]

Coco Rocha appearing in Vogue isn’t exactly news, an upcoming spread will feature the newlywed model with her husband James Conran. Can we get an awwww? [Fashionista] Read more »


Fashion news: Crystal Renn’s Gaultier ad, Courtney Love’s style blog and Stella McCartney to design British Olympic uniforms

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The Jean Paul Gaultier fall campaign has recently surfaced on the web. Shot by Inez and Vinoodh, the colourful photo features Crystal Renn, Chinese model Ping Hue and French model Kelly Moirera. [Fashionista]

Expect the British Olympic athletes of 2012 to be especially well-dressed. Stella McCartney has been appointed the creative director of Adidas’ 2012 Olympic Team GB uniforms. “As a British fashion designer it is an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be creative director of Team GB as the hosting nation of the London 2012 Olympic Games,” she says. [Vogue UK] Read more »


Fashion news: D&G answer your Q’s, the most requested haircut of all time and happy birthday to the bra

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Dolce & Gabanna now celebrate the 20th anniversary of their menswear. Photography by Peter Stigter

Why pay professionals to fix an ailing marriage when Heidi Klum and Seal can do it for you? A Project Runway spin-off will consist of just that. Thank you Lifetime TV. [The Cut]

Quoted: Fashion designer Roberto Cavalli recently told Harpers Bazaar that he designs all of his pieces with a beautiful woman in mind.  Albeit, he explains: “I don’t masturbate thinking about fashion.” [Harpers Bazaar]

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Fashion news: Tony Blair goes luxe, cavewoman beauty and Michael Kors, video game hero

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Photography by Peter Stigter

Photography by Peter Stigter

Our gamer prayers have been answered: A video game based on Project Runway launches March 2. According to WWD, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum and Michael Kors “don’t carry Uzis, kill monsters or zoom along city streets in souped-up hot rods, ” but that would be amazing! [WWD]

Tony Blair turns from politics to luxury goods. Although not yet confirmed, a source has revealed that Mr. Blair is wrapping up a deal with LVMH to work in an advisory role for the world’s largest luxury goods firm. [Grazia] Read more »


Fashion news: Zac Posen’s hipster line, Michelle Trachtenberg designs for Coach and fashion industry gets database

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Photo via WWD

Photo via WWD

Zac Posen is launching a low-priced line called Z Spoke set to launch initially as a Saks exclusive. Posen claims the line has an “urban hipster quality” and is not just “Zac-for-less.” The line starts at $78 for a t-shirt–not quite as “lower-priced” as hipsters would hope. [The Cut]

Project Runway season six contestant and resident crank Irina Shabayeva stole her reasons on “Reasons to Love New York” T-shirt print directly from New York Magazine’s 2008 article of the same name. This after she accused fellow contestant Althea Harper of cribbing one of her designs and after Shabayeva attempted to put someone else’s drawing on one of her final collection pieces. [The Cut]
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Mark Fast’s size scuffle, model flops at Phillip Lim and more

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Mark Fast’s show at London Fashion Week is causing a stir for his use of three average-sized models. Two staff members–the stylist and creative designer–quit because of the decision. The real upset here is that it’s even a big deal that these girls are giving the rake-thin beanpoles a run for their money. There’s plenty of room on the runway for everyone, right? [Fashionista] [YouTube]

What do you think of Fast’s decision? Do you want to see more realistic sizes on the runway? Tell us in the comments! Read more »


Halifax: Young designers duke it out at Off the Cuff

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Creations by (<i>from left</i>) Alison Seary, Louanna Murphy and Askay Tyagi. Photography by Shaun Simpson

Creations by (from left) Alison Seary, Louanna Murphy and Akshay Tyagi. Photography by Shaun Simpson

Down the open back of one dress, a waterfall of hard drive platters and spindles spill along the model’s spine. On another, vinyl records make up a dramatic, bell-shaped skirt. Anti-slip fabric folded into box pleats puffs out below a bodice of cassette tape on a third cocktail dress, and a fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh pull together even more shiny bits, from silver-sprayed Christmas tree light bulbs to strips of film and strings of CDs. These are the ingenious creations hatched from week one of Off the Cuff, a fashion competition and runway show that has taken its inspiration from Project Runway and found its home in Halifax’s Argyle Fine Art gallery (1869 Upper Water St., 902-425-9456). Read more »


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