August 18, 2009

Michael Kors does not wear the same thing every day.

"No! There's fat black jackets, medium black jackets, skinny black jackets. Black T shirts that are brand new that look really black, black T shirts that you sleep in that are kind of gray, and midtone black T shirts."

And let Michael tell you about the biggest fashion mistake:
I think most people's clothes don't fit. I'm always bewildered. I'm like, "Do people ever look at themselves in the three-way mirror? Like, did you see what your ass looks like?" Americans get hung up on the actual size tag.


John Lynch said...

I live in Durango. We do not care. It's a happy place as a result.

MayBee said...

Surely he's tempted to tell Michelle Obama to stand up straight when she's wearing his clothes.

ricpic said...

A half size too large is always a good idea. Unless you're a teenager (male) with a 29" waist that is.

Jennifer said...

He is my favorite designer. Clean lines make my heart beat.

I could not agree with him more on fit. Not only do people get hung up on size out of vanity, but they have this weird notion that if something fits one part of them, it automatically fits the rest of them. See a tailor. We aren't incrementally sized like matryoshka dolls.

ricpic said...

A slight amount of color is allowed in midtown but south of 14th Street? All black all the time.

Joan said...

I learned the fit lesson later than I like to admit. Just because I could get a pair of size 8s on doesn't mean they actually fit. Sigh.

Jennifer's right about tailoring, but it's a lot less expensive to learn how to sew a little.

Kors is one of my favorite designers, and one of the reasons Project Runway is such a delight.

chuck b. said...

Men especially need to buy dress shirts that fit. Too many wear shirts that are too big and poof out in the back and on the sides under the arms. Ridiculous! You look like a clown.

wv: banterbo--the uncomfortable but necessary talk about a friend or loved one's body odor.

Synova said...

"A half size too large is always a good idea. Unless you're a teenager (male) with a 29" waist that is."

Speaking of which...

Does anyone have any idea where to find jeans for guys that are 30-34? The 29 or 30 waists only go to 32 inseam. A 32 waist to get the 34 inseam would fall *off*.

My poor kid is stuck wearing floods and he starts college next week.

Oligonicella said...

If clothes make the man, then by all means I shall maintain my casual and short wearing style. I have never met more jackasses and pricks than when I worked in corporate with all their high-dollar tailored suits.

bagoh20 said...

I have lists, lots of lists. Fashion is not on any of them. Who has time for that? Once you start, you're screwed.

Christy said...

Fit is more important than fashion. Few have an off-the-rack figure, so wearing clothes that fit suggests prosperity and we all forgive the rich their styles.

One of the saddest sights I ever saw was Peter Jackson at the Oscars the year LoTR won. He desperately needed a bespoke shirt. The one he wore was hideous. It made him look even fatter than he was.

And remember Michele Obama's purple sleeveless dress? The armscye was too big; it gaped in front. If it wasn't off-the-rack, she needs a new stylist.

What percentage of people really know what is fashionable? And how many of them are fashion victims who wear the latest, totally-wrong-for-her (or him) styles? The Sex in the City phenom was hysterical in that women everywhere saw Carrie Bradshaw as a fashion icon when she was such a fashion victim. Her character was created as a fashion victim, yet so many never realized it. Which suggests that few know good fashion when they see it, and perhaps any claim to fashion is totally bogus.

Looking good for the ones you love is the goal.

wv:jamyt That faded black tee shirt we all sleep in.

Allison said...

Hello, Mr. Kors, it's your fault we can't fit clothes. Could you at least design clothes so they fit actual Americans?

My husband cannot find any pants that fit him. He plays hockey, and his thighs are HUGE but his waist and backside are small. Such pants don't exist, and the tailor wants to charge 50-60 bucks a pair of pants to fix it. Not a chance, and no my hemming skills won't fix it.

I can't find tops that fit. My shoulders are too wide compared to my waist, so clothes look ballooning around my middle or look bad in my chest, or are too tight and look slutty. Dresses are mostly impossible. Ones that fit my chest are too big at my hips, and I look disheveled again.

But it doesn't matter. To learn about fashion, you must learn in your teens, or give up and wear casual clothes permanently. Otherwise, your attempts to dress fashionably are about like attempts to learn to put on makeup later in life: it's fine to be 14 and mistakenly wear blue eye shadow and candy red lipstick since all your friends are doing the same. But at 24? You look dreadul, and attention-getting in your dreadfulness.

wv: scoofies: name of virus children claim to have to get sympathy and animated tv shows.

Flexo said...

I think most people's clothes don't fit.

Contrary to popular belief (especially amongst designers), "fit" does not equal "looks good in it." Clothes that "fit" are clothes that are comfortable -- it is a question of utility, not style.

Now, they could make clothes that are not only comfortable and look good on you, but all too often, it is one or the other off the rack. The problem isn't men wearing shirts too big in the back, it is lazy designers and manufacturers who refuse to make shirts that fit a larger range of body types. For example, in order for me to wear a shirt that is comfortable around the neck and across the shoulders, I must wear a shirt that is huge around the waist.

As for pants, I really did think that the waistline up around the chest went out in the 40s, but apparently not as most of the pants that I find on the rack rise up to mid-abdomen, if worn properly. Inevitably, however, unless you're wearing suspenders, they end up sinking down to the hip area, and not looking all that good.

Don't blame the consumer, blame the designers and manufacturers.

craig said...

Synova, buy your son the 32s. After one semester of college food, they'll fit just fine.

Jennifer said...

It's hideously cost INeffective to design a different size for every body type. It's much easier for each person to find the best fit in the toughest parts to alter, and alter the other parts.

One can also shop around until they find specific designers and lines that tailor more to their body shape and shop as much from them as one can.

Synova - I've always found the Gap has a great selection of varying sizes for men. Checking their web site, I see they have plenty available in a 29w, 34l. They might not *in* the store, but they do online.

Jennifer said...

And, yes, alterations aren't cheap. But, they're worth it. It's always strikes me as odd that people have no problem throwing down $50 - $100 for one meal out at some chain restaurant but flip out about spending the same on something that will last them years.

Christy said...

Flexo, you can remove 4 inches at least from the waist of your shirts with front and back darts. Shouldn't be an expensive fix from your tailor. And of course, the ideal male figure is a pair of broad shoulders topping a narrow waist. Congratulations on that.