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All The Pretty Details

The laid-back, relaxed sensibility of Northern California converged with urbane polish at the Michael Kors Fall 2014 Show. Soft blouses and fluid dresses floated down the runway with borrowed-from-the-boys tailored trousers and textured pieces like tweed and python. From the crushable clutches to the berry lips, it was Big Sur meets big city. Here, a closer look at the final touches:


“California girls are the epitome of effortless chic, and I wanted the music to set the stage for that.”

—Michael Kors

The Show Soundtrack:
José Feliciano, California Dreamin’ (Orchestral Version)
Neil Young, Harvest Moon
America, Ventura Highway
Oscar Isaac & Marcus Mumford, Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)
José Feliciano, California Dreamin’


“In this collection, we really wanted to play with texture in a big way. When you are in Big Sur, you see these fabulous fields of wild flowers. Whether you’re looking at the Pacific, at stones or evergreens, there’s incredible texture in nature and I wanted to bring that texture into someone’s everyday city wardrobe.”

—Michael Kors


“When clothes get soft, you’re going to need a shoe that can ground you. I was thinking about a sandal that you can wear in the winter on a city street, with a rugged sole, a more substantial heel—almost a hybrid between a sandal and a clog.”

—Michael Kors


“There are a lot of very low-slung shoulder bags. I love that kind of attitude. I think it makes everyone look a bit taller and leaner. Then I played with the proportions of the handbags.  There are some really small, crossbody bags that I think are great. They kind of force you to edit your life.”

—Michael Kors


“The hair this season is bohemian surfer meets urban chic. There was a lot of see-through, flowy movement in the designs, so I tried to emulate that in the hair. There’s something about hair looking easy and not too coiffed—I think that’s what makes a woman modern today. I tucked the braid under in the back and Michael joked that it looked like challah bread.”

—ORLANDO PITA, Lead Hairstylist


“Michael and I looked at the clothes and decided that we wanted this woman to look real and sexy. The color palette is quite neutral but the girls all have a glow to them—the idea is not really to bronze, but to give a slight contour and flush to the cheek. To achieve this I used the different Michael Kors bronzers and tweaked the shades for different skin tones.”

—DICK PAGE, Lead Makeup Artist

Page used:
Michael Kors Bronze Powder in “Flush”
Michael Kors Bronze Powder in “Glow”
Michael Kors Bronze Powder in “Beam”


“Fluffy brushes are very handy but fingertips are great for looks like this, just for blending around the eye. It gives it a natural feel. I used a little lip balm with a bit of grease. You can use Vaseline too, anything that gives it a little gloss—it melts the makeup and makes it look more sexy.”

—DICK PAGE, Lead Makeup Artist


“The fall look is an amplified version of the Michael Kors natural beauty we’ve all come to love. I used, Michael Kors Lip Lacquer in Dame to achieve a soft, berry lip.”

—DICK PAGE, Lead Makeup Artist

Page used:
Michael Kors Lip Lacquer in “Dame”


"Michael knows what he likes and he was specifically looking for a neutral tone. After looking at a few shades he saw Intrigue (from the new line of summer polishes) and thought it was so chic. It’s modern, but also kind of edgy. This shade is great because you only need one coat and it works on both long and short nails.”

—JIN SOON CHOI, Lead Manicurist

Choi used:
Michael Kors nail lacquer in “Intrigue”

SHOT BY - Xavi Menos / Nina Garcia, Austyn Weiner, Billy Farrel Agency, Colin Hughes
LOCATION - Spring Studios, New York, NY