anybody got a load that they need lifting?
anybody got a pain in their heart?
there’s a place you can hide
when they conspiring against ya…
somebody and nobody can save today somebody made love, it goes all the way…*
sometimes it’s easy to feel like everything’s been done. it’s all been said, written, designed, made, sung before. but succumbing to that cynicism is creative death. often, the point is not whether or not something’s been done before. the point is about landing on a new interpretation—taking what’s come before and going further.
when it comes to fashion, reinvention is more than just a pattern, it’s a canon. commercialism may be a byproduct of the industry, but it is not the driver that keeps us rapt at the endless streams of images coming from the fashion weeks that now dot the globe (whereas once upon a time it was the rite of a few elite cities). though there may be something of a chicken and egg conundrum at play, like most art forms, a definitive statement is a moving target. and each season, fashion becomes more operatic. we see fewer dictates with each collection—silhouettes are more individualized, patterns are singularly expressive and the articulations of inimitable houses are more boldly expressed. as for the consumerism of it all, as much as we want to think there is some sort of malignancy to it, we are all hungrily taking up the expanding choices of both labels and retailers (and even price points) with little sating in sight. we seek out the new, yearning for the smack of reinvention it promises…the idea that it will wash away our sins.
keeping up with it all is like taking a ride on a manic merry-go-round. expediency is one vital quality. it’s also what michael kors said he’s built for in his interview this month. the velocity of michael kors is our feature in which the merrick native shares insights into how he built his billion-dollar empire, his affinity for divas and the early germinations of the sense of style that informs his transcendent brand. kors, and others like him, are changing the industry by straddling the intersection of fashion and retail where those two had always been mutually exclusive. he embraces both sides with equal vigor to satisfy what he refers to as questions we have whether we’re 17 or 70.
and he’s right. a sense of style is a personal statement. it reflects an attitude, signals our moods and invites how others do or do not relate to us. lori goldstein, who built her career working with fashion royalty, has embraced this approach in recent years by coming full circle as a household name of another type. she has gone all-in as a QVC darling to create a line of approachable clothing and accessories. her “everything” chic is a reflection of the fun, brave, honest sensibility that made her one of the world’s most sought-after stylists. in her fierce interview this month, she shares her insights with us about keeping it real and keeping it relevant—but also being true to her own vision.
kors and goldstein offer wisdom from behind the industry’s brocade curtain, but no september issue would be complete without a spotlight on fall fashion essentials. photographer dennis golonka returns to our masthead to capture a study of color and fur, spunk and sensuality that is uniquely new york city. crimson tide is the story that starts with the cover and continues inside to captivate the imagination with this season’s most exotic silhouettes. our other looks at autumnal attire seal the moment by narrowing in on the few critical marks that can make even the earliest pieces in your closet, you know, new again.
confession, you’ll know what it is*
* “confession,” m. ward