Spring/summer 2016 is all about ‘earthy elegance,’ says Michael Kors, who presented his new collection at New York Fashion Week Wednesday morning.Sun-kissed shades of sand, nutmeg, vanilla, straw, topped off with blue sky, certainly spoke to that fresh kind of joie de vivre, as did the strappy sandals and easy, flat slides.Kors created delicate pleating and slashed skirts to catch the wind, their softness juxtaposed with relaxed tailoring; and Kendall Jenner leading a charge of unexpected black looks that added a tough edge to the otherwise romantic collection.Michael Kors has spoken out about his preference for using diverse models on the catwalk, as opposed to lookalike women who resemble ‘mannequins’.The New York-based fashion designer, 54, told Vogue.co.uk: ‘It’s so much more interesting if we have different ages, ethnicities, body types, heights. . . if I see mannequin-like models, I’m bored.’
He added that the trait he looks for most in a model is ‘an expressive smile. I want to see them bring their own personality,’ he said.Mr Kors, who was born in Long Island, New York, explained that he likes women ‘who can be chameleons’ to wear his designs, which he showcased at New York Fashion Week earlier this month.Indeed, the models at his latest show included 34-year-old redhead Karen Elson, from the UK, platinum blonde Czech supermodel Karolina Kurkova, 29, and gap-toothed American It-model Lindsey Wexson, 19.Perhaps Mr Kors includes a mixture of older and younger catwalkers on his runway to appeal to his fan base, which includes Michelle Obama. ‘If I see mannequin-like models, I’m bored. I want to see them bring their own personality’
The First Lady has frequently worn his designs since her entry into the White House, and she even posed for her official portrait wearing a sleeveless Michael Kors shift.But while the designer has officially caught the attention of the president’s wife, it’s a different nationality of women that has caught his eye.’I don’t know why, but I seem to have this Estonian obsession,’ the designer confessed.