Michael Kors blasted by Studio 54 co-founder over new collection

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…

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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Lupita Nyong’o stars in Michael Kors charity campaign

Lupita Nyong’o has been tapped to front Michael Kors’ global philanthropic campaign against world hunger. Since the inception of initiative, the American designer and his company have helped the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its school…

Lupita Nyong’o has been tapped to front Michael Kors’ global philanthropic campaign against world hunger.

Since the inception of initiative, the American designer and his company have helped the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its school meals program deliver more than 18 million meals to children, and to celebrate its seventh year, the Black Panther actress has teamed up with the brand to support the drive.

“I am proud to support Watch Hunger Stop because it focuses attention on solutions to the problem of hunger and encourages people to take action on an individual basis,” she said in a statement.

“Watch Hunger Stop helps to fund meals for schools, which has a direct impact on leveling the performance playing field for underprivileged students,” Nyong’o added. “When students can eat, they can perform better in school which in turn leads to greater opportunities in life. In so doing, Michael Kors and WFP are facilitating better opportunities for women and girls on a daily basis.”

In the imagery for this year’s campaign, which has the theme “Food is love”, Lupita can be seen wearing a black T-shirt with the word “Love” written in white and a white T-shirt with black writing. Kors designed the limited-edition tops, which retail for $40 (£32), as well a black canvas tote bag, which costs $59 (£48), to mark World Food Day on 16 October.

Michael Kors will donate 100 per cent of profits from the sale of the products to WFP. For each selfie a person posts in the clothes with the hashtag #watchhungerstop, the company will donate a further 100 meals. During October, supporters can also made a direct donation to WFP in select Michael Kors stores.

The limited-edition collection is on sale now.

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Billy Porter wows in sparkly pinstripe suit and platforms at Emmy Awards

Billy Porter wowed in a sparkly pinstripe suit, custom-made hat and platforms as he made history with his win at the 2019 Emmy Awards.The 50-year-old actor became the first openly gay black man to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award …

Billy Porter wowed in a sparkly pinstripe suit, custom-made hat and platforms as he made history with his win at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

The 50-year-old actor became the first openly gay black man to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award at the annual ceremony on Sunday.

And the Pose star did not disappoint on the Emmys purple carpet, wearing a Michael Kors custom-made pantsuit, black leather platforms and a black asymmetrical hat exclusively handmade by Stephen Jones.

Porter shared a sneak peek at his outfit on Instagram and told his followers that he was living his truth.

“Y’all just don’t know what this moment means to me. Here’s to celebrating 50 years of life, 30 years of hard work and learning to embrace the JOY! This isn’t for me… It’s for US!” he wrote.

Porter’s famous friends were quick to show their support for the Tony Award-winning star, with designer Marc Jacobs commenting: “Hell yes to that fit!”

“This ensemble is everything!” actress Debra Messing wrote, while singer Ricky Martin added: “Bravo Billy!”

Another stunning look on the purple carpet came from Zendaya, who rocked a custom emerald-green Vera Wang gown with a racy thigh high split and a sheer corset for the Emmys.

The Euphoria star wore matching Brian Atwood silk stilettos to complete her outfit, which was simply accessorised with Cartier jewellery.

And the 23-year-old styled her red hair in loose waves and kept her make-up subtle, with a chic smokey eye and bold brows, along with a slick of clear lip gloss.

Fans took to social media to share their joy at Zendaya’s stunning look, which some compared to DC Comics villain, Poison Ivy.

“ZENDAYA CAME TO SERVE AT THE EMMYS. PERIOD,” one wrote, while journalist Evan Ross Katz commented: “Zendaya serving Poison Ivy realness on the #Emmys red carpet.”

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Michael Kors will never have a muse

Michael Kors will never rely on a single “muse” for inspiration.The American fashion designer has never designed pieces with just one woman in mind, unlike the late Karl Lagerfeld, who had many muses including Vanessa Paradis, Claudia Schiffer, and Car…

Michael Kors will never rely on a single “muse” for inspiration.

The American fashion designer has never designed pieces with just one woman in mind, unlike the late Karl Lagerfeld, who had many muses including Vanessa Paradis, Claudia Schiffer, and Cara Delevingne.

“To this day, the question I hate the most is when people say, ‘Who’s your muse?’ And I say, ‘Muse? If I’m only designing for one woman, then we’re in trouble,'” he told Harper’s Bazaar.

And Kors attributes his successful, decades-long career to growing up in a family of strong, fashion-forward women in Long Island.

“They were all very specific in their point of view, they were all very opinionated,” the 60-year-old said, before recalling an argument his mother – former model Joan Hamburger – once had with her sister-in-law “over whether taupe or camel was a better colour for a winter coat”.

Kors also revealed that he helped to redesign his mother’s dress for her second wedding when he was just five years old.

“My grandmother was with us at the bridal salon, and my mother had ordered her dress, and was having the first fitting. It was floor-length, heavy cream shantung, very Balenciaga, and covered in bows. When my mother tried it on, I just went silent. My mother asked, ‘What’s wrong? and I said, ‘Those bows are so terrible!'” he laughed.

The designer, whose chic dresses were even worn by former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, wants to create clothes for women of all sizes and ages.

“My aim is to make women feel their best selves,” Kors shared. “She could be 85, she could be 16; she could be a size 22 or a size four.”

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Estelle Chen named as new face of Maybelline cosmetics

Estelle Chen has been selected as the new brand ambassador for Maybelline New York.The model, who was born in Paris to Chinese parents, is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after names in the business, having walked the runway for the likes of Lo…

Estelle Chen has been selected as the new brand ambassador for Maybelline New York.

The model, who was born in Paris to Chinese parents, is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after names in the business, having walked the runway for the likes of Louis Vuitton, Victoria’s Secret, and Michael Kors.

Now, Chen has announced that she has signed on for her first major beauty deal.

“I am blessed to be a part of the Maybelline New York family and join the roster of powerhouse spokeswomen, past, present, and future,” the 21-year-old commented. “To stand with a brand that is such a trailblazer in the industry, consistently pushing the boundaries of innovation and establishing future trends, while empowering women to recognise their true potential, has left me inspired and overjoyed.”

Chen, who is the company’s youngest spokesmodel, joins a roster of prominent ambassadors including Gigi Hadid, Adriana Lima, Josephine Skriver, Emily DiDonato, Herieth Paul, and Christy Turlington.

For her debut, the rising star appears alongside Lima, Hadid, and Paul in Maybelline’s milestone New York Fashion Week 10th anniversary campaign.

And Trisha Ayyagari, global brand president of Maybelline New York worldwide, called Chen the perfect addition to the cosmetics giant’s team.

“We’re so thrilled to have Estelle join the Maybelline New York family,” she shared. “Estelle’s diverse background lends to her versatile, down-to-earth character that makes her relatable to our global customer. We can’t wait to see her continue to grow.”

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Michael Kors unveils American Dream-inspired spring 2020 collection

Michael Kors explored the idea of the American Dream in his spring/summer 2020 presentation. The fashion designer showcased his latest collection as part of New York Fashion Week at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Wednesday, with the event occurring on the …

Michael Kors explored the idea of the American Dream in his spring/summer 2020 presentation.

The fashion designer showcased his latest collection as part of New York Fashion Week at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Wednesday, with the event occurring on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, and Yalitza Aparicio were in attendance.

Although he didn’t mention 9/11 directly, Kors made a patriotic tribute to his homeland as he saluted classic American fashion while the Young People’s Chorus of New York City serenaded the crowd with songs including Don McLean’s American Pie and Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land.

Speaking to reporters, the 60-year-old explained that the inspiration for the collection came from a trip he made with his husband Lance LePere to Ellis Island where he learned about his immigrant great-grandmother’s arrival to the U.S. at the age of 14.

“I walked out feeling incredibly patriotic because I thought about the fact that she built a business, raised a family and her dream was to cross the river to Brooklyn,” he told The Associated Press.

The collection channelled themes of American pride as well as love and peace, which was best exemplified with a jumper emblazoned with the word ‘Hate’ crossed out, clothing featuring cherry patterns, and shoes dotted with holly and ivy, like the topping on a pie.

Nautical chic had a big presence, as evident in sailor hats, boat shoes, and stripes, while jumpers, trousers and a swimsuit were covered in small anchor motifs. The colour palette was heavy on reds, whites, and blues.

Polka dots and gingham were also big news, as well as power dressing, with Bella Hadid wearing a blazer dress. The show concluded with models such as Adut Akech and Gigi Hadid sporting sparkly evening gowns.

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Michael Kors suing flea market over counterfeit products

Michael Kors has launched legal action against a flea market it claims is making counterfeit replicas of its products.Lawyers for the label, headed by the 60-year-old American designer, filed the lawsuit in a federal court on Tuesday, and allege that T…

Michael Kors has launched legal action against a flea market it claims is making counterfeit replicas of its products.

Lawyers for the label, headed by the 60-year-old American designer, filed the lawsuit in a federal court on Tuesday, and allege that The Boulevard Flea Market in New Haven, Connecticut was a “black market for illegal products”.

They claimed that the market is selling counterfeit products like wallets and handbags featuring the Michael Kors ‘MK’ logo, according to editors at WWD.

Back in 2013, more than 1,100 handbags and wallets had been seized by police in a raid at The Boulevard Flea Market, and an investigation by bosses at the fashion house said they had found fake Michael Kors handbags, perfumes, bags, and shoes at the market.

“While luxury brands spend a significant amount of time policing online flea markets, such as eBay, counterfeiters have had an easier and more profitable time peddling their illicit wares at old-fashioned swap meets or flea markets,” lawyers asserted.

The lawsuit has targeted C.G.C. Enterprises Inc. – owned by Charles Cheslock – which runs the flea market, and landlord Digsby Taylor & Hobbes, owned by Richard Lebov.

Michael Kors’ lawyers claim that they have alerted Cheslock and Lebov “numerous” times in recent years over the sale of counterfeit goods at the market, but have been ignored. They allege that the flea market owner and landlord must ensure vendors selling on their premises abide by the law, and should evict tenants for illegal activities.

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Arizona Muse: ‘I’m desperate to be known for more than modelling’

Arizona Muse wants to be known for more than her modelling career. The 30-year-old, who began her career as a teenager and has since gone on to walk the runway for the likes of Chanel and Michael Kors, is passionate about sustainability in fashion. …

Arizona Muse wants to be known for more than her modelling career.

The 30-year-old, who began her career as a teenager and has since gone on to walk the runway for the likes of Chanel and Michael Kors, is passionate about sustainability in fashion.

While Arizona is grateful for the opportunities she’s had thanks to modelling, she has now admitted she wants to break out of that pigeonhole and connect with people who don’t follow the industry.

“I’m trying to reach people who are not necessarily in fashion because until now I’ve had a very fashion-centred following, which is great, but I’d really like to branch out. Fashion can be a bit of an echo chamber,” she told Synchronicity Earth. “These are people who might have seen me before in a magazine or on a billboard, but who don’t really notice me because I’m a model. They’re not ‘fashion’ people so they don’t follow models. It’ll be great to reach people who might previously have had absolutely no interest in what I had to say.

“Honestly, I’m kind of desperate to be known for something else, other than being a model! I love it when I’m chosen for modelling campaigns not because I’m a model but because of my interest in sustainability, and that has started to happen, which is amazing… But I do have the feeling that I’ve been put in a box that is not my box, so I really want to break out of that.”

The American model also shared that she was going to start a brand last year but didn’t go ahead with it because she didn’t think the industry needed another label.

Her team has suggested starting a foundation or charity to help her raise awareness about sustainability in fashion too, but she wasn’t convinced that was the right path either.

Instead, Arizona has set her sights on one day launching a project that “actively fosters change”.

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Arizona Muse: ‘Instagram allows models to have a voice’

Arizona Muse has credited Instagram with giving models the ability to show fans who they really are.The American model began her career as a teenager and has since gone on to walk the runway for the likes of Chanel, Lanvin and Michael Kors and develop …

Arizona Muse has credited Instagram with giving models the ability to show fans who they really are.

The American model began her career as a teenager and has since gone on to walk the runway for the likes of Chanel, Lanvin and Michael Kors and develop an eco-friendly clothing line with Italian label Blaze Milano.

Arizona regularly updates her Instagram page to give her 236,000 followers photo insights into her life, and in a new interview, she has credited the social media site with giving models a way to open up and reveal their true selves.

“Models generally have much more of a voice than they did 20 or even 10 years ago,” she told Synchronicity Earth. “I think it has a lot to do with Instagram and with people finally getting to know who models are. In a magazine, you can’t get to know who a model is: they are wearing someone else’s clothes, someone else was the art director, someone else took the pictures. It’s a creative job, but it’s generally other people’s creativity, not the model’s. I do think Instagram has allowed models to have more of a voice.”

Arizona shared that the only opportunity models would get to speak for themselves before the emergence of Instagram was during an interview but claimed her words and tone of voice are usually changed by the reporter, who sets the agenda of the piece.

“You’d have an interview once in a while, but it really wasn’t your voice – the interviewer would write down whatever they chose to say, it was a matter of luck whether you really shone through,” the 30-year-old explained. “They often made you seem like something you weren’t, or what they wrote simply didn’t reflect your interests in any way.”

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Gigi Hadid starting to experiment with fragrance

Gigi Hadid is starting to experiment with different kinds of fragrances now she’s older.The model is the new face of Michael Kors’ latest fragrance, Wonderlust, a refreshing scent containing sandalwood, jasmine and almond milk, and in a new interview w…

Gigi Hadid is starting to experiment with different kinds of fragrances now she’s older.

The model is the new face of Michael Kors’ latest fragrance, Wonderlust, a refreshing scent containing sandalwood, jasmine and almond milk, and in a new interview with StyleCaster, she explained that she’s traditionally gone for floral fragrances, but is starting to change it up now she’s maturing.

“I think I’ve always gone toward floral and sweet my whole life,” she said. “As I’ve gotten older, I’m starting to mix it up a little bit. I mix heavier scents with the floral ones I wear every day because I feel like, sometimes, that can move into different moods of the day. So, I think I’m opening up more to different scents that are more mysterious. That’s why I love (Wonderlust).”

Smelling the fragrance transports Gigi straight back to the idyllic islands of Turks and Caicos, where she shot the images for the ads.

“There’s a feeling of freedom and waking up in the summer and doing what makes you happy. There’s a sweetness of the air that only happens in the summer. I see us on the trip shooting the campaign, and that’s personal for me,” the 24-year-old shared.

“When you get to experience this scent in a place that you love or even if you spray it walking down the street in thhwe city. It hits different peoples bodies and smells differently. It will create memories for whoever wears it.”

And the Wanderlust fragrance matches Gigi’s love for travel, as she loves to explore new places around the world as often as she can.

“I would love to see New Zealand or Iceland with all of that big greenery,” she said of her future travel plans. “Also, this may be kind of lame, but Disney World. I love Disneyland, and I’ve been to L.A., Paris, and Tokyo, but I really want to go to Disney World in Florida.”

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