LEADING NEW YORK designer Michael Kors introduces the jet-set lifestyle to ladies the world over with the launch of three individual fragrances each representing a woman's changing moods.
"The Michael Kors sense of beauty is a heightened reality. It's a way for women to accentuate each of their moods," the designer explains.
With his first global beauty lifestyle collection, the designer has created a fabulous expression of beauty. Three major fragrance statements and colour capsules take centre stage, while coordinated body and sun offerings speak to Kors' love of the all-over dewy, sun-kissed look.
The fragrances are each carefully constructed to represent one of the three facets of the Michael Kors woman. "Sporty" has orange and mandarin at the forefront, while warm woods and white florals linger in the background. Creamy, woodsy notes are the olfactive equivalent of luscious nudes, a famous hallmark colour of a Michael Kors look.
"Sexy" amber puts the spotlight on sumptuous amber wrapped in sandalwood and musk, against a bright backdrop of dazzling orange, mandarin and white florals. Inspiration was pulled from the bold colours that often highlight a Michael Kors fashion collection.
And "Glam" jasmine gives centre stage to Kors' beloved floral note, jasmine, while warm woodsy notes and sparkling citrus are less prominent. The Glam collection embodies the woman who amplifies her evening with colour-concentrated looks in rich, deep hues like plum and berry.
Kors recently offered XP an insight to his collection.
WHAT INSPIRED THE DIRECTION OF MK COLLECTION? WHY SPORTY, SEXY, GLAM?
My inspiration comes from the women in my life. I've always been interested in their layers. For instance, my mother was usually sporty. She always had a suntan and she never spent more than two minutes on her makeup before she was out the door. My grandmother was a bit glam. She was an indulgent fragrance user.
It was always in her bath, on her wrists, behind her ears. The collection is more than a trend.
It's about mood. For me, the Michael Kors woman has three main moods - Sporty, Sexy and Glam. Sometimes you want to feel sporty and effortless; other times you want to be glamorous and indulgent; and sometimes you want to be unabashedly sexy.
Most women have all three inside of them. And sometimes they turn the volume up or down on one of those three elements, depending on the mood or the moment.
THIS BEAUTY COLLECTION TRULY REPRESENTS THE DNA OF YOUR BRAND. HOW DOES IT RELATE TO YOUR APPROACH TO FASHION?
I think about beauty and colour the same way that I think about fashion. It's about a heightened sense of reality, being the best version of yourself.
This requires a collection of essentials. With a wardrobe, it's a great black dress, a classic trench coat and jeans that make your figure look amazing.
With makeup, you need a healthy nude, a bold pink and a timeless red. The collection is super versatile because it's customisable - and it will never go out of style."
WHAT IS SPORTY?
There's something about a woman who is active and a part of the world. She pulls her hair loosely into a ponytail, whether she is playing tennis, walking the red carpet or at the office. It's a relaxed yet colourful approach to living. I think of women like Gwyneth Paltrow pulling their hair into a simple ponytail on the red carpet. It's all about ease.
OKAY, SO WHAT IS SEXY?
It's not obvious or overdone. It's about confidence. Everything is effortless and sensual.
Sexy is about knowing yourself well. Angelina Jolie has that strong, confident attitude from every day to the red carpet.
AND WHAT IS GLAM?
Glam is a little bit of indulgence and a lot of attitude. When a woman is feeling glam, she wants to give a little bit more effort to making a statement. She has a bravado that catches every eye in the room.
Jennifer Lopez exemplifies modern glamour in every situation."
WHAT ROLE DOES FRAGRANCE PLAY IN YOUR COLLECTION?
This collection is centred on my fragrances, which are the most intimate thing I create. I've always been fascinated by the strong connection between scent and memory.
For me, fragrance evokes a moment that is connected to a feeling.
When I started developing these fragrances, I wanted to take the scents that spoke to me and combine them in a way that would let women easily express themselves.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT BEAUTY TIP?
Makeup should not be a mask. The Sporty, Sexy, Glam woman exudes an easy, carefree beauty that looks like it took about two seconds. Don't cover the texture of your skin. It should glow. This collection gives you that effect -it's easy and attainable."
WHAT IS YOUR VIEW OF BEAUTY AROUND THE WORLD?
I travel a lot and whether I'm in Hong Kong or LA, the most beautiful women are always the ones who have confidence in their style and makeup that illuminates their own natural beauty.
If you are confident, you'll look fantastic. That's universal.
The new collection features five key products: fragrance, lipstick, |lip-gloss, nail lacquer, bronze |powders plus a brush. Prices range from Bt850 (S$34) to Bt4,000.