Michael Kors has been criticised by the co-founder of Studio 54 over his new collection.
The 60-year-old has just unveiled a Studio 54-inspired line for fall/winter 2019, with items influenced by the iconic 1970s New York nightclub, which was visited by the likes of Andy Warhol, Cher, Freddie Mercury, and David Bowie.
Speaking to Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley for Interview magazine, Kors said that he visited the venue back in its heyday and was surprised by the hedonistic behaviour.
“Everyone was having sex in the balcony. The most shocking thing, when you think about it, is that a lot of people were so high on Quaaludes that you would see them fall down the stairs and go directly onto the dance floor, and not even consider that they had just fallen down two flights of steps. People were rubber,” he recalled.
The quote was later shared by Interview magazine on Instagram, alongside a black-and-white snap of Kors and Talley.
However, Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager commented on the post to debunk Kors’ recollection, and claimed that the American designer never set foot in the nightclub.
“I don’t believe Michael Kors was ever at Studio 54. I certainly don’t remember him as he made no impression. This is nothing more than an obvious exploitation by a garment center person to sell some clothes that has nothing to do with Studio or what it was about,” he fired.
According to editors at Mixmag, Kors stood by his statement, and explained that he was a high school student when he visited the club, and never met Schrager.
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