The designer, Michael Kors spoke on style, Hollywood and social online media. He said that things had subtly changed with the arrival of the Internet.
He dressed Rene Russo for the movie “The Thomas Crown Affair” and has also designed and converted into reality dazzling ensembles for Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez.
Michael spoke recently on the Hollywood Effect in the capacity of an insider. He is a film buff and enthusiastic about the rejuvenation culture of Tinsel Town.
There were the rather stilted and staid women of the 1920s. And then you had the flower children and hippies of the 60s who lent a freedom-loving style to Hollywood.
Finally, you have the synthesis of this thesis and antithesis of the past that you find today. The very concept of celebrity has changed radically over the times that have spanned the 20th century.
According to Michael Kors, today an actress may write scripts for movies or even direct them for a change. She may have a full-fledged family and also participate in not to mention contribute to philanthropic and humanitarian projects.
"We’ve seen the idea of Hollywood glamour go from the very done-up, lacquered, and shellacked women of the twenties to the undone beauty of the late sixties to the blend that we have today. The idea of celebrity has changed as well," Michael Kors told Vogue in an interview.
"I think a lot of that is to due to the internet and social media—we get a better look into their lives and who they are. Actresses are no longer just actresses—they’re people, they have families, they’re philanthropists and activists, they’re producing, directing, and writing their own scripts."
Michael’s favorite movies are The Talented Mr. Ripley and Two for the Road. Some other films for all times that he recommends include: American Gigolo, The Royal Tenenbaums, Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown.
While fashion and style go hand in hand with the film industry, it is all about expressing who you actually happen to be. Costumes merely convert you into someone else in the opinion of Kors.
"Fashion is about expressing yourself—showing the world who you are and how you think. Costume is about turning yourself into someone else," he said.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Philadelphia Story and To Catch a Thief are some other movies for the road that Michael Kors swears upon as good old timers.
Michael also spoke of how many smart and intelligent females made pathways for themselves in today’s fashion and beauty industry. "From Lea Michele to Elisabeth Moss to Kate Young, it’s women who juggle it all seamlessly," Kors said.
"Whether acting, styling, singing, or directing, they multitask with ease. They were bold and very practical and so they saw success on a large scale by building virtual empires."