We’re now less than two weeks away from the Academy Awards, which means the stars are trying to figure out what the heck to wear, while many a designer has been working overtime to come up with gorgeous options for them.
Hollywood fave Michael Kors (pictured with Blake Lively) admits he never knows for sure who will wear what on the red carpet!
“We don’t know until we see their leg come out of the car!” he says. “These are women who I have friendships and relationships with, they’re clients, so they’re part of my design process. When I’m thinking, I’m thinking to see the clothes come to life in a situation where quite frankly, you need to feel really secure.”
“It’s a daunting thing, walking that red carpet, so when they choose Michael Kors, it’s exciting because they feel that I’m a confidence builder.”
And celebrities wearing designer clothing can be a confidence builder for real women too.
“I think that for a lot of people out there watching, when it’s someone who they love, you know, if Gwyneth Paltrow’s wearing something from me, and you relate to Gwyneth, you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s how you wear that,’ or, ‘Oh, that’s a good way to look.’ It doesn’t matter who it is. There’s someone who’s gonna respond to that celebrity and feel a kind of personal connection to them.”
Michael’s designs are a hit in Hollywood and with many, many real people. He became a billionaire this month when stock in his company went up 17 percent and a reported 77 percent increase in profits in the last quarter. To say he’s hugely successful is an understatement!
The beloved designer gave his take of what makes a great Oscar look.
“I always think that the best thing when you get dressed, whether it’s for the Oscars or every day, is one thing familiar, one thing unexpected. If you can combine those two things together, I think it always ends up being chic. If it’s all [kinds] of expected, it’s such a snooze, and if it’s fully out there, and it’s totally unexpected, unless you’re Bjork, it’s kind of, ‘Don’t try this at home.’
“So I think that if you’re wearing an audacious color, perhaps keep your silhouette a little bit more classic. On the other side of the coin, if you’re going to a more understated color, have fun with it, play with silhouette, play with proportion, play with fabric. I think that [you need to have] kind of a yin and yang balance. It’s something that women should think about whether it’s the Oscar red carpet or everyday dressing.”
-- Ryan Patterson
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