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Michael Kors Gathers Tatler’s English Roses for London Exhibit

 

Michael Kors turned the exhibition halls of the Saatchi Gallery in London’s Chelsea into a party venue Thursday night, complete with multiple DJs, pink bounce balls and a Who’s Who of British society.

He was in London for the launchMichael Kors poses with English Roses including Clara McGregor, Aziya Aldridge-Moore, Idina Moncreiffe, Hum Fleming, Lady Lola Crichton-Stuart, Livvy Banks, Renee Stewart, Tess Ward and Lady Kitty Spencer.  of “Tatler’s English Roses,” an exhibition he created with Tatler magazine to showcase the city’s new generation of “It” girls.

 

“We are living at a time where we see young girls who are so sophisticated and worldly, they love fashion and have their own sense of style at such an early age — I’ve never seen anything like it in my 36 years of designing,” Kors said. “As a designer, it’s exciting to see what these girls can bring into my world and also what they’ll be doing in five years. They put their own spin on what they wear. I think the days of seeing something on the runway and just repeating it, is sort of boring and old fashioned.”

The exhibition features photographs and video footage shot by the photographer David Burton in the English countryside. The subjects — who stand out for their society connections (naturally, since it is Tatler) and social media clout (how times have changed) — include the young British poet Greta Bellamacina, model Bee Bearsdworth, Princess Diana’s niece Lady Kitty Spencer and Ella Richards, the granddaughter of the late model Anita Pallenberg and Keith Richards.

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Kors, who has worked on similar initiatives with local beauties in China and South Korea, said as the industry becomes more global, he’s been noticing more similarities among the groups of women featured in the exhibitions.

Tapping into the young generation and spotlighting individual style are also in line with Kors’ vision for the future of his brand, as he sets out to streamline and refine his business model, hone the brand’s strategy, keep a tighter rein on distribution and introduce new core products.

Kors said he believes in balance and forward motion “but never a revolution. What we specialize in are the things in your closet that you want to grab on a regular basis, so I never want to bring out products you get tired of quickly. There are women who have been wearing our clothes for more than 20 years, and hopefully, these new styles will become something that you grab onto and wear all time. You always have to move forward.”

Bee Beardsworth