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So I’ve talked about a couple of my favorite “American Modernists” in fashion, Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra.  I’d like to put a spotlight now on a couple of veterans to the fashion industry, Michael Kors and Reed Krakoff.  In no way are these two designers not modern, but I feel the word classicist fits them a little bit more.  Michael Kors recently celebrated his 30th year in the business, and clearly going strong, opening a Paris boutique coinciding with a lavish celebration for his anniversary.  Krakoff, on the other hand, is new in the sense that his namesake brand Reed Krakoff has only been around for a few seasons.  He has however been the powerful and creative force that is the mega-brand Coach since 1999 as its President and Executive Creative Director.  Both Kors and Krakoff showed us a perfectly classic meets modern approach to fall dressing, with fantastic separates, amazing outerwear, and dazzling evening looks.  Here are a few of my favorites from fall 2011.

Michael Kors fall 2011

I’ve already thought for some time that Michael Kors is the closest thing we have to the legendary Roy Halston today.  This dress is a perfect example, with its simple flowy lines, and that metal bib that the fabric falls from is something he would surely do.  I could see a 70’s Elsa Peretti wearing this to a fabulous party.  The 1970’s is a decade Kors references quite often, and it is a favorite time of mine as well, although I was yet to be born (sadly).

Michael Kors fall 2011

Model Arizona Muse wears a classic Kors ensemble of a perfect white shirt and black tuxedo jacket.  The surprise element is those sequined pants that taper down at the ankle.

Michael Kors fall 2011

Liu Wen was one of many to wear an exaggerated metal collar.  Kors debuted a full-fledged jewelry collection this fall.  www.michaelkors.com

Michael Kors fall 2011

I am maybe one of the biggest fans of cuffs (one or a matching pair) than anyone.  This look is completely ageless and timeless.  That’s why 20 to 80 year-olds flock to Kors to fill their closets.

Michael Kors fall 2011

Camel is a staple at Michael Kors, especially in the fall.  I love the always spot-on styling like the skinny belt that’s oh so Michael.

Michael Kors fall 2011

If you can’t see the Kors/Halston connection in this mauve draped jumpsuit, then I MUST be crazy!!

Reed Krakoff fall 2011

This dress looks like separates fused together in a sexy way, with just a bit of metallic at the shoulder.

Reed Krakoff fall 2011

The perfect slinky dress with the sparkle of sequins right on trend for fall.

Reed Krakoff fall 2011

One of Reed Krakoff’s greatest strengths, as far as I’m concerned, are his classic yet purely modern outerwear pieces.  That and his accessories, after all the man knows accessories from his decade plus with Coach.

Reed Krakoff fall 2011

Stella Tennant in Reed Krakoff

From the runway to the ad campaign, this super chunky knit sweater/skirt combination is a favorite from the collection.  I absolutely love color for fall!

Reed Krakoff fall 2011

Another great wrap sweater.  This would be great with jeans, belted, or left open over a dress or blouse.

Stella Tennant in Reed Krakoff

Stella Tennant works Krakoff’s take on the color-blocking trend for fall in the fall campaign.

Reed Krakoff fall 2011

This gown is so understated, but totally appropriate for the red carpet on a more low-key celeb.  I can see someone like Gwyneth Paltrow in this.

Stella Tennant in Reed Krakoff spring 2011

Stella Tennant in Reed Krakoff spring 2011

The ad campaigns are lovely as well, usually photographed in one of the Krakoff”s homes, designed by Reed’s wife Delphine.

Stella Tennant in Reed Krakoff fall 2010

The ad campaign from Krakoff’s debut in 2010 in his Manhattan home.  Stella Tennant has been the face of the brand from the beginning.  Love her!!  www.reedkrakoff.com

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