‘A great deal of women, when they need to be in a strong situation, wear an outfit. Everyone wears a dress,’ he says. ‘And suddenly, she’s in a suit. And So I think there have been people watching saying, “Oh, you know what, I really could look feminine and powerful and se-xy all at one time – I really could wear Michael Kors Sydney online.”‘ The suit out of stock overnight, globally. ‘Fifteen years ago, there was still distinct borders popular, and that’s all gone,’ he says, talking about the impact of your social-media universe where everybody is a fashion critic and likes on Instagram is often as significant as shoots in glossy magazines. Fifteen yrs ago, remarkably, he was only opening his first store, in Ny. He now has 509 stores worldwide, 13 of them throughout the uk and Ireland, including a whole new Sloane Street branch in the uk. Seven more will open here next year, including a Regent Street flagship during early 2016.
Kors grew up in Merrick, Long Island, a suburban town outside The Big Apple. He was interested in style from the start, he says, as well as at five-years old advised his mother, Joan – a former Revlon model – on the bridal gown for her second marriage, coaxing her away from frills in favour of a more streamlined and flattering style. ‘Even at this age, I knew that the woman should wear the gown, not one other way round,’ he says. The various women in the family were a big influence in the creation of this conceit. ‘It was a little bit such as a Fellini or perhaps an Almodóvar film inside my family,’ he laughs. ‘I was in the middle of these very strong women, and they all had different fashion perspectives. ‘My mum was very understated, while my grandmother was over-the-top and glamorous,’ he recalls. ‘I had one aunt who was very bohemian, and another aunt who had been an entire-on se-x-bomb [she apparently wore a bikini to his bar mitzvah]. And That I saw that anytime people position the right thing on, that they had somewhat of a spring within their step.’
Being a teenager, he regularly ventured in to the city, hanging out at Studio 54, that was frequented through the fashion crowd for example the iconic Vogue editor Diana Vreeland and writers like Truman Capote. He began studying design at New York’s prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology, but dropped out before graduation to build up their own collection. From the cut-throat field of New York City fashion, which takes some serious self-belief, I say. ‘I was certain of myself. I knew the things i liked and that i outleydney the things i wanted,’ he nods. ‘At once I needed little idea about the mechanics of fashion, however i knew the type of things which I needed to design, and i also knew the sort of woman I needed to develop for. I didn’t start scared about whether or not it would work,’ he says. ‘When I play the game, I realize I wish to win.’
Fifteen in the past, there have been distinct borders in vogue, and that’s all gone. His confidence repaid. At 22, his first collection was bought by New York’s most glamorous Michael Kors Sydney online, Bergdorf Goodman, and championed by Anna Wintour, then fashion editor at New York City magazine. His first catwalk show came 3 years later, and the man spent many years as creative director on the French fashion house Céline before opening his first stand-alone store on New York’s Madison Avenue in 2000. He unveiled the diffusion and accessories line Michael Michael Kors in 2004 – the identical year he joined the hit television show Project Runway as a judge – and two years later launched a shop selling accessories and homeware. These days, even he seems to think of himself as being a brand – ‘That’s very Michael Kors,’ he says on several occasions.