Michael Kors banned the bodysuit for men
Michael Kors has now realised no man should wear a bodysuit, despite how practical they may appear.
The American designer is fairly new to the world of men's fashion, but has won customers over with his mix of relaxed and casual creations. While he may be in his element now, things weren't always such a roaring success.
“We teased with men’s at my very first runway show in the fall of 1984,” he told WWD during a preview of his fall 16 line this week (beg01Feb16).
“We had a few guys in the show and Barbra Streisand bought all the men’s pieces for herself at Maxfield’s in Los Angeles. (Then there was the) insane bodysuit moment in the Nineties. In my youth, I thought I was being practical - that it helped guys keep their shirts tucked in. But no man should wear a bodysuit.”
He's celebrating 35 years in the industry in 2016 and has taken on board all the lessons he has learnt over the years. For his latest collection Michael has turned his attention to outerwear, with the star aiming to take his target audience "from the city to the slopes".
“If you’re an urban man, outerwear is your calling card,” he noted. “He (the Michael Kors man) has no time of day and no season
“I’m not necessarily designing for me as a person. But as busy as I am, I’m constantly packing and unpacking, changing time zones and climates.”
There are also accessories on offer, like streamlined backpacks perfect for both the hustle and bustle of everyday life as well as escaping to more rural locations. Michael is aware of how important men take their appearance, so wants to cater to this desire.
“The day of the one ugly bag is gone,” he added. “Guys today know the right accessory sets him apart and makes him relevant and modern.”