Monday Muse: Slim Aarons Inspires Michael Kors Resort 2014
It might seem like every single season is resort for Michael Kors, who has built his fashion empire on the idea of jetsetting around the world. His campaigns are known for tan bodies, gleaming gold detailing and exotic locales such as Aspen in the winter, models blushing apr¨s-ski, and Miami Beach for the summer, aviator sunglasses gleaming in the setting sun. His latest collection includes all of his brand’s signature pieces and each and every one looks like it stepped right out of a Slim Aaron’s photograph. Kors and Aarons seem to be cut from the same cloth (perfectly wrinkled white linen, probably), especially with a collection that’s perfect for the Palm Beach and Palm Springs environs that Aarons favored.
Slim Aarons was known for his photographs of socialites, celebrities and the international jet set, which might be why Michael Kors seems to be so enamored with his work. Aarons famously stated that he was just “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” Why did the monied men and women from Palm Springs to Palm Beach trust him? He was no threat to them. Aarons worked as an army combat photographer, so he was used to staying on the sidelines. He let his subjects be themselves — without the help of stylists, make-up artists or a hair team — and he was just lucky enough to have subjects that were already stylish and lounging around the world’s most beautiful settings.
His photography appeared in magazines such as Town and Country, Life and Holiday. He shot as many normal people as he did celebrities, so it comes as no surprise that his photography books put men such as Clark Gable and Gary Cooper alongside great society women from both coasts.
At his resort presentation, Michael Kors’ models were tan, taut and wearing everything from white bikinis to floor-length maxi gowns. Resort is the collection that stays on the sales floor the longest, so it makes sense that the breadth of the collection spanned from seasonal favorites to wear-everywhere staples. Kors presented leather coats and safari-inspired jackets alongside cut-out bathing suits, all paired with sky-high platform wedges. The colors in play included stark white and black, Aarons’ staples, along with a shot of hot pink, the exact color of the geraniums that Kors spied in so many of Aaron’s photos.
Animal prints — a Kors staple, not an Aarons signature — were also a major part of the collection. Kors used giraffes, zebras and leopard in everything from short shorts to swimsuits (embellished to the nines, of course) as well as a floor-grazing showstopper of a caftan that’s fit for the most regal society woman sitting by her perfect azure pool. It was so light and airy that it practically begged for a vacation all its own. No matter what your plans are for the summer, there’s a Kors outfit for every fabulous affair. Martini sold separately.