Michael Kors Holiday 2011 Ad Campaign

Posted on November 15, 2011

Darlings, after a long, hard day of critiquing celebrity style choices, there’s nothing we like more than to gaze at models partying while wearing gorgeous clothes and  bold jewelry. It’s the Michael Kors Holiday 2011 Ad Campaign photographed by Mario Testino and it’s wishing you all a very stylish holiday season. Enjoy. And if you can’t enjoy, critique.

 

Michael Kors Holiday 2011 Ad Campaign

Michael Kors Holiday 2011 Ad Campaign

Michael Kors Holiday 2011 Ad Campaign

Michael Kors Holiday 2011 Ad Campaign

Michael Kors Holiday 2011 Ad Campaign

Michael Kors Holiday 2011 Ad Campaign

[Photo Credit: Mario Testino for michaelkors.com - Video Credit: Michael Kors via youtube.com]

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      I truly hate advertizing that is so styled that the very products they’re hawking at us are nearly invisible.  Unless this is all about watches and jewelry.

      • Anonymous

        and bags and shades. Looks like an accessories ad to me.

        • Anonymous

          yes, I thought it was about handbags. Well, that’s a step up from the Abercrombie ads, I guess. Selling clothes with naked people. hmmm

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            I’ve always found that astonishing. That A+F have successfully sold clothes by not ever showing ANY of them.

          • Anonymous

            You mean this isn’t a handbag ad? XD

            • Anonymous

              is it? Now I’m all confused!

      • Anonymous

        All he’s hawking is his name…”Just buy whatever bracelet, wallet, or sunglasses I stamp with my name you great unwashed masses!!!”

        Oh dear, I am putting the “bitter” in “bitter kitten,” aren’t I.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Oh Anathema. I adore you, you bitter bitter kitten you.
          Yeah you sleazy graceless pudgy masses, buy some small bit of the glamor and think yourselves gorgeous, you deluded fools, you.

          • Anonymous

            Right back atcha baby!

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Awwwwwww, you could turn a middle aged gay man’s head.  And I love ya for it.

        • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

          I love it! And I love your name, that is an excellent book.

        • Anonymous

          Own it, girl!

      • Anonymous

        All advertising is about aspiration.

        –GothamTomato

        http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2561006

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Quite true. Its about fantasy and fulfillment through buying things.  But nevertheless, I prefer to know WHAT I am supposed to be coveting so massively.

          • Anonymous

            I look at this AD and I can honestly say, it depicts my lifestyle to a Tee. I mean this could have been ME just last weekend, except… I’m black, I haven’t lived in  the 2-5 neighborhood in quiet a moon, Although I have been known to wear shades in the DARK, it was not on purpose and nor was it  in a club setting, I Hate, Loud, Obnoxious, Drunk, Posers! That ‘s just me. Oh, I know what  is common to me in the AD, I do like a nice Cocktail. And I love rocking a great Cocktail Ring. Hmm, seems to be a theme here.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              You just made my night, Coco.

            • Anonymous

              Thanks K!

    • Anonymous

      Remember: the most important part of being fashionable is being 20 years old or younger.

      • Anonymous

        Also, skinny, tall, and fond of both alcohol and a sex different from our own.

        • Sobaika Mirza

          And white. Oh no, wait! There’s one man of color in one of the shots in one corner.

          • Anonymous

            and bizarrely, his head is too large for the scene, so I guess it’s a poster.

            /rolls eyes/

            • Anonymous

              Talk about deeply unfortunate placement… He’d be invisible (at least on my computer) without those pearly white teeth. o.O

            • Anonymous

              My first impression was that the head had been (badly) photoshopped in. Because, you know, it’s Just So Hard to book a non-white model these days.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MTQDDNGCATNG35HFKWDWGY4HYM Michael Smith

            I guess the concept was “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas!”

          • Basil Von Broccoli

            That color appears to be… purple?

      • Anonymous

        and not a woman of color.

      • Anonymous

        It *did* cross my mind that this looked like a very expensively-dressed frat party in that few, if any, of the attendees are old enough to be drinking legally in the U.S.

    • Anonymous

       I can just hear the photographer/stylist at the shoot saying, “Let just plop those big purses/bags.. over there… Throw a watch or two and some bangles.. Perfect”

    • Anonymous

      I guess gold and black are in for Holiday 2011. Nice to know.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L6FKGKUXWF6QSWWYAHJZYKKI3E Adrian

      Is it just me, or is over-the-top wealth-whoring a little…ok, a lot…off-key these days?

      • Anonymous

        It’s not just you. It is an awful campaign (for so many reasons).

    • Anonymous

      white people always have so much fun don’t they?

      /sarcasm

    • Anne Marie Leahey

      Pure Intro to Photography 101 class. “Look I have pretty friends! And they’re DRINKING! ALCOHOL!!!! Badass.”

    • Anonymous

      I guess no one over 25 celebrates the holidays.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, it’s no one over 24.  I turned 25 in August and got a letter in the mail saying “You are no longer considered young and pretty so NO MORE XMAS FOR YOU!! SUCKAAAAA!!!”

        Or something like that.

        • Anonymous

          I’m turning 47 next week. I don’t wanna go near the mail if that’s what you got at 25!

          • Anonymous

            What are we, Charlie Browns! Let’s make our own cool, bitter kittens!!!!! T and Lo and teach us to party like it’s no one’s business!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      So this holiday we’re wearing dull clothes and conspicuously sporting accessories to distract from that. Okay then.

      • Anonymous

        A trend that I can finally pull off with confidence. Yea!

        AKA my look for the last 15 years.

    • Natasha Fairweather

      I don’t think I can even see any of the clothes.

    • Anne Marie Leahey

      Pure Intro to Photography 101 class.
      “Look I have pretty friends! And they’re DRINKING! ALCOHOL!!! Badass.”

      • Anonymous

        oh please, any professor worth his/her salt would give this an F

    • Nicole Hoene

      I wish I could actually tell what any of the clothes look like. All I see is zebra print furniture, a few pieces of jewelry, and some purses conveniently placed. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josefina-Madariaga-Suárez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      It’s a great ad campaign, but it manages to make the clothes look generic.

    • Bethany Fairbrother

      You”re boring Nina…and me!

    • Lisa Bongiorno

      that one girl has WAY too much jewelry on, it’s funny. If you saw her out and about you would say HONEY WTF? And they are WASTED and displaying a lot of ugly gold pants and bags..

    • Anonymous

      Seriously?  This is supposed to advertise clothing?

      • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

        No, it’s supposed to advertise a brand.

        • Sara__B

          Thanks for clearing that up. The ads are supposed to make me want ALL things Michael Kors, from clothing to accessories, because I so want to fit in with young pretty people. (I am so very much too old and stodgy for these ads that I completely missed the point.)

    • Anonymous

      Memo to The Duchess: Your ad campaign speaketh to me not at all.

      Then again, I’m probably not your demographic, even though I might be able to afford your merch more easily than said demographic could.

      Also, too many ridiculously pointy chins in dere, dear.

      All the best,

      NDC

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QDTYKBJF23YJKXYRP2LWWOMJFQ TN

      Honestly, if you guys didn’t say this was an ad, I would have thought that it was just a bunch of friends getting drunk and posting their sexcapades on Facebook, albeit very pretty and beautiful friends.  Oh, was this about the clothes?  There’s clothes in those generic pictures that everyone has in their phone/camera/computer??

    • Anonymous

      Too bad only 6 people came to the party so they had to change clothes so it would look like more in the pix. Blonde chick in the 2nd to last pic is getting close to “insane crotch” territory.

      Meh, I think I will attend my kids’ party in the basement where I can wear my comfy house slippers.

    • http://twitter.com/turtleemily Turtle Emily

      I can’t see anything but the over-zealous airbrushing done to the girl on the left in the first pic.

    • Sara__B

      MK is obviously trying to change his demographic. I can easily tell who the intended audience is, but I’m really unclear what the product is.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care for the ad because I can barely see the clothes.  But I do like that guy with the gap.  

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      The zebra print on the couch is so overpowering that, in a couple of shots, it looks like the models are wearing it.

      I don’t know. Maybe this works better in a magazine. Here, it just looks like photos of a bunch rich people at a club. They’re probably annoying everyone else nearby.

      • Anonymous

        You’re right. I thought it was coat lining…with the coat thrown back over the couch.

        • Anonymous

          Me, too!

    • Anonymous

      Ehhh…not selling the product or the life that goes with it well enough for me.

    • Anonymous

      The people in the ad come across as obnoxious, spoiled, drunk, rich kids.  If I ran into them in a club or bar I’d steer far away.  Well done, MK.

    • Anonymous

      this doesn’t really sell clothes imo. Looks like a bunch of drunk people falling all over each other. And the annoying kind of drunks too

    • Anonymous

      It looks more like a campaign for Remy Martell or some such…

    • Anonymous

      Geez, when did pointy chins become the new cheekbones?

    • Anonymous

      this would be cool if it were 1980

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      I know its all about mood and ambiance and desire.  But really now, you still have to have something tangible to want!

    • Anonymous

      Generic.

    • muzan-e

      Second photo.
      Far left.
      His chin – ?!

    • Anonymous

      Could we get the black guy to the front in maybe one shot? I’m pretty sure he’s the biggest hottie in there. I’m just saying, do it for the ladies.

      • Anonymous

        Oops and of course the discerning gentlemen!

        • Anonymous

          i’m just glad there is a black person in there somewhere. i missed him before you called him out.

          • http://twitter.com/mishfactorial Michelle Le

            there’s a black lady too. with perfect teeth OH WAIT THEY ALL HAVE PERFECT TEETH. 

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, that was my oh so gentle way of kind of going, “MICHAEL KORS, what the HELL.” Like, I don’t know what else I expected from the Duchess, because I think he really couldn’t be bothered about this sort of thing, but for some reason the hardcore whiteness of these pictures really stood out to me.

            Did you notice the other picture where his face is literally half cut out of the frame? And how they didn’t even bother to light him, so he half disappears into the darkness at the edges of the pictures? Color me depressed.

    • Anne Jiao

      nothing interesting about the clothes. Accessories photograph well tho.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KEYJDIENR5MRK2NXJYKNOLWDFE Alexandria

      That blonde model has the same face in every photo. She looks very uncomfortable.

    • MilaXX

      Want that last bag.

    • Anonymous

      You would think that by now they would at least show some mixed race and same gender couples, as well as some Asians…

    • Anonymous

      I’m mentally combining ad campaigns, but I get the distinct impression Ashton Kutcher took all these pictures with his little pocket camera.

      • Anonymous

        The guy in the middle of the second shot kinda looks like Ashton Kutcher.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t understand that last pic. Who is connected to the silvery-gold lame legs? 

      Evidently black is the color of the joyous Holiday Season of 2011.

    • Anonymous

      Not that Miss Kors needs to make her image gayer, but I get a distinctive Tom Cruise vibe from the guy in the sunglasses with the leather jacket. 

    • Anonymous

      Those are some cute boys…

    • Anonymous

      The only thing I can tell about what they want to sell me is that it appears to be dark blue. Or perhaps it is something shiny. These ads are very confusing.

    • Anonymous

      The problem is, they look like…models. So it’s impossible for me to relate to this scene, even though I enjoy a holiday scrum as well as the next blonde. 

    • Anonymous

      I completely agree with everyone else who hates the styling and is wondering exactly what the heck Kors is trying to sell here. 

    • R. L.

      Looks like random people partying in bad photos.

    • Anonymous

      I love MK’s accessories, but these ads do nothing for me. Reminds me of all those Facebook photos of people mugging for the camera – “Look how fabulous we are and how much fun we’re having! Whoo! Don’t you wish you were us?”

    • Anonymous

      It’s official: I’m old. All I could think upon viewing these pics was, “Jesus, it’s a bunch of teenagers! How can they afford Michael Kors?”

      • Anonymous

        And “Jesus, it’s a bunch of teenagers! How can they drink in public?!”

        :-| I don’t like this ad.

    • Anonymous

      The photoshop is strong with this one…

    • Anonymous

      Are they at Bungalow 8 in 2004?  So cutting edge.  Sue me, though, I like the bag.

    • Anonymous

      Those poor schlubs aren’t half as classy or having near as much fun as the bitter kittens in the TLounge.

    • http://twitter.com/LordZoe zoe lord

      anyone else weirded out about the floating hand in the upper right hand coner of the second ad?   like they were supposed to  photoshop in a glass or a co-branded bottle?

      • Anonymous

        LOL!  creepy!

    • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

      The last two just look.. clumsy to me. Like a real party shot rather than a fake one with models. Blah. I’m bored by them. 

    • Anonymous

      Yuck. It’s selling a lifestyle alright, and without a hint of irony. It’s supposed to be all pretty, glamorous and carefree, but it feels so dated, out of touch and 1%-y. Given the Kors socialite demographic these days, maybe these images are meant to evoke nostalgia: not just rich but impossibly young too. I think he can be a terrific designer, but I hate the niche he’s in now. 

    • Anonymous

      This is the indoor version of the Gucci ads we saw a while ago on this very site. 

    • Anonymous

      it’s a cacophany of nothingness to me.  Bitter I am.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T35HMSKKAKENAUTFI7YHOBDONE Bibiana Beardsley

      Who can see the clothes and accessories? I’m blinded by the beauty of the men.

    • Anonymous

      Bad Polaroids (fading a bit and losing the green tones) taken by some guy who was at the bar and you asked him to take pix of you and your friends.  Looking at these photos, the word “holiday” is the last thing that would cross my mind.

      No likey. 

      Remember the nice discussion we all had a few months back about those fantastic vintage fashion illustrators and their work?  Crap like this makes me long for that kind of approach.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002673395871 Roadkill Writer’s Camp

      Gossip Girl extras gang-bang a zebra. The baubles I can make out are pretty, except for some of the chains that I’ve seen on rolls at Home Depot. 

    • Anonymous

      Looks like the latest episode of the Real Housewives of _______

    • http://profiles.google.com/awilsongirl Amy Wilson

      I’ve been coveting a gold Michael Kors watch for months so my first thought “there’s the Watch!” But otherwise, the pics are very busy. And young.

    • Anonymous

      children playing dress up. yawn, snore and out. 

    • Anonymous

      What I find kind of depressing here is the combination of extreme youth with extreme over-the-top conspicuous consumption (I’m looking at you, chick who can barely raise her glass with all that damned jewelry on her arm).  It’s enough to see in a 40-year old who at least can be said to be spending their hard-earned money, but in a 20-year old it’s far more interesting to see style bought with a little resourcefulness or creativity.  These women just look like cougars already…

      I’m 56, but I just graduated from college a couple of years ago, so I spent a lot of time around young people, many of whom had parents with LOTS of money.  And I don’t know any of them who wouldn’t have been mortified to display it this gauchely.  I mean, you don’t have to be chaining yourself to trees in Zuccotti Park, but maybe a touch of youthful idealism?  Or at least enough pride and independence to want to show what you can do on your own and not just flaunt Daddy’s money?

      • Anonymous

        congrats on college graduation!  my husband is 51 and just graduated as well.  we both have the same experience as you have had with youth + dad’s money = vapid/on the way to cougerdom.   XOXO

        • Anonymous

          Thanks, and congrats to your husband too!  I wouldn’t have traded the experience for anything, even though the hoped for career boost hasn’t materialized so far (2009 was not an auspicious year to graduate, it turns out!).  I’m doing the same work as I was before, plus added a dogwalking service into the mix:

          http://www.dogwalkintheparknyc.com/

          I’d chalk it up to ageism, but all the fellow graduates I know, at whatever age, have really been struggling, taking nannying gigs, temping, hobbling together part-time jobs, or otherwise seriously underemployed.  Everybody will be fine, I know, because we’re a smart, hard-working, resourceful bunch.  But, man, Kors and his blinged-out teenagers are working my last nerve!

    • Anonymous

      Ah, yes, the holidays! Visions of sugar plums, mistletoe, and dead zebras.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U5LTVYHX32MGMMXR33G7TOXVR4 Magdalena Monzerrat Ontiveros

      beautiful simon neesman and karmen pedaru as allways!!! 

    • Anonymous

      Just plain bad. So much visual noise. I expect better of you, Duchess.

    • Anonymous

      Man, those are some busy ads.  It’s like looking at Where’s Waldo?.

    • Anonymous

      “Uptown Park Avenue version of rock and roll …” He’s, sorry, such a tool. “Such a big year for me …” Big year of doing a really lousy judging job on a once wonderful show. Lousy photos of spoiled rich white kids … Ugh. Off with you, Tangerine Man.

    • nicole seligman

      the girl model’s eye make up makes her look like an alien with really long, wide eyes. that’s pretty much the only thing i got from these ads.

    • Scott Hester-Johnson

      You can’t see shit on these ads other than the model’s faces and the bags. #Fail

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      I like the concept for an ad campaign, but the execution is doing no favors to the brand since we can’t see any of the clothes. The only visual takeaway is the zebra couch. Stunning!

    • Anonymous

      “This collection is really about glamour. I feel like the holidays are about rock stars on Park Avenue with glamor. I think any glamorous type of glamor that can be paired with glamor is glamorous. Glamor.”

    • Anonymous

      I hate hate hate that cut out dress.  And the zebra couch makes my eyes hurt.   Of course, I’m still mad at Kors for being a dickweed on PR.  Perhaps that is part of my bitterness.

    • http://orangtunes.blogspot.com BIG MAC

      I didn’t even notice the black guy until I look over these pictures a couple of time. He is literally fading away into the background. Who ever edited these really needed to lay off the filters. As I’m sure the product is being distorted by the editing too. 

    • Anonymous

      Oh this ad makes me feel old. It’s like the cocktail party equivalent of the holiday children’s table.

      • Pennymac

        Yes! And I’m agreeing as a more than slightly bitter,late-middle aged person who drools at MK stuff from afar due to economic downturns.Although I’m having a hard time seeing the clothes in this busy, frantic campaign.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, dear, do all those young men look like douchbags or what.

    • Anonymous

      Vapid people with shiny hair and bags! And lamé leggings! Wait, I used to be in this picture, circa 1983!

    • Anonymous

      I like the one with the hand in the way.  It’s the only one that looks like it could have come from a real party.

      • Anonymous

        I, in the second one, the center guy had been looking elsewhere and the girl looking elsewhere were looking at the camera, it also would have worked.

    • Anonymous

      *sigh* my holiday parties usually involve a dim karaoke bar and jello shots, this looks far more fun.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=689960034 Marcella Cypher

      [fashion-n00b rant]
      Wow, the whole thing is kind of a visual mess.  I can barely tell what the clothing is, besides a vague navy (or black with photographic color filters?).  I kind of like some of the accessories, but they look half-assed and like something I could whip up in 20 minutes.They’re definitely not me, but they’re not bad for someone who likes gold and shiney outside of ghetto fashion, IMHO.
      [/fashion-n00b rant]

    • Anonymous

      Cant even see the products.