Haute 100 NY Update: Michael Kors Likes Diversity on the Runway

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Esteemed American fashion designer Michael Kors likes his models to stand out and be “chameleons.” He uses the same ideology on the catwalk as he does on the streets, “If I see mannequin-like models, I’m bored, and it’s the same thing with women on the street. I want to see them bring their own personality,” Kors told Vogue.

The models in his shows range in age, ethnicity and height giving his collection a more perceptibly wearable feel to its posh consumer. The variation of models makes the show more interesting. Kors explained to Vogue,“We run the gamut from Frankie Rayder who’s in her late thirties and Karen Elson, to girls that are just starting out who are 17; we go from the fairest of the fair to the darkest complexions.”

In particular, Kors has become infatuated with Estonian models like Karmen Pedaru and Elisabeth Erm. He enlightened, “I think they’re feminine, sexy and strong all at the same time. But personality is everything.”