With Ali MacGraw, Rene Russo and Kate Hudson


If you ask Michael Kors what was his inspiration for any fashion collection is, there’s no doubt he will almost always reference at least one film—an actress, a costume, a moment on screen.

So, when the designer came to talk all things film with Hollywood heavyweights Ali MacGraw, Rene Russo and Kate Hudson—of the iconic movies Love Story (1970), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) and Almost Famous (2000)—the conversation was as lively as expected.

Documented as part of Icons of Style—a curated film series and talk hosted in partnership with Vanity Fair and Fashion & Cinema, in London—we present you an edit of the best quotes from the event.



On the power of cinema:
“I’m a lover of anything that’s transformative. I love to see characters become new people on screen. I love to laugh. And I love possibility.”

On the chicest actress, ever:
“I don’t think Audrey Hepburn ever made a wrong move. It didn’t matter whether it was the courage to have an asymmetrical haircut or to wear a full skirt with elegant simplicity. She never let the clothes wear her and she always looked like she was comfortable in her own skin.”


On Ali MacGraw, Rene Russo and Kate Hudson:
“America is, ultimately, optimistic—there is a can-do attitude. All of these actresses are women who understand the easiness in their own wardrobes. And when I say 'easy' I don’t mean that it’s easy to get dressed, I mean that their wardrobes are relaxed. And that kind of relaxed attitude, I think, started in America.”

On red carpet dressing:
“I think the biggest mistake is when someone has a Cinderella complex. They say, ‘I want to be another person on the red carpet.’ I say that you want to be the most incredible version of you—hopefully there’s some surprise there, hopefully you’re having fun doing it, but you still want to be you.”

On being a hippie:
“I’m a hippie and there’s always going to be a part of me that is going to be a hippie. A Park Avenue hippie, that is.”

On fashion globalization:
“Style today is taking the best from everywhere. Is it the casualness of California? Yes. Is it the experimental curiosity of Asia? Yes. Is it the tradition of Europe? Yes. Is it the pace of New York? Yes. It is all intermingled—that’s what makes it modern.”