‘A lot of women, when they wish to remain in a powerful situation, wear a dress. Everyone wears an outfit,’ he says. ‘And suddenly, she’s inside a suit. So I think there were people watching saying, “Oh, do you know what, I really could look feminine and powerful and se-xy at the same time – I really could wear Michael Kors wallet Melbourne.”‘ The suit out of stock overnight, globally. ‘Fifteen in the past, there were still distinct borders in fashion, and that’s all gone,’ he says, making reference to the impact of your social-media universe where everyone is a fashion critic and likes on Instagram is often as essential as shoots in glossy magazines. Fifteen years ago, remarkably, he was just opening his first store, in New York City. He has 509 stores worldwide, 13 of these throughout the uk and Ireland, including a completely new Sloane Street branch in London. Seven more will open here the coming year, including a Regent Street flagship during early 2016.
Kors matured in Merrick, Long Island, a suburban town outside New York City. He was enthusiastic about style from the beginning, he says, and also at five years old advised his mother, Joan – a former Revlon model – on the wedding dress on her second marriage, coaxing her far from frills in favour of the more streamlined and flattering style. ‘Even at that age, I knew how the woman should wear the dress, not the other way round,’ he says. The many women in his family were a massive influence in the growth of this conceit. ‘It was slightly just like a Fellini or even an Almodóvar film in my family,’ he laughs. ‘I was surrounded by these quite strong women, and they also all had different fashion viewpoints. ‘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 the other aunt who has been a whole-on se-x-bomb [she apparently wore a bikini to his bar mitzvah]. And So I saw that when people position the right thing on, they had somewhat of a spring with their step.’
Like a teenager, he regularly ventured to the city, hanging out at Studio 54, that was frequented with the fashion crowd such as the iconic Vogue editor Diana Vreeland and writers such as Truman Capote. He began studying design at New York’s prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology, but dropped out before graduation to develop his very own collection. From the cut-throat realm of The Big Apple fashion, that can take some serious self-belief, I have faith that. ‘I was very sure of myself. I knew what I liked and I outleydney what I wanted,’ he nods. ‘At the same time I needed no idea about the mechanics of fashion, however i knew the kind of items that I wanted to design, and that i knew the sort of woman I needed to create for. I didn’t start scared about whether or not it is acceptable,’ he says. ‘When I have fun playing the game, I know I want to win.’
Fifteen yrs ago, there have been distinct borders popular, and that’s all gone. His confidence paid back. At 22, his first collection was bought by New York’s most glamorous Michael Kors factory outlet Sydney, Bergdorf Goodman, and championed by Anna Wintour, then fashion editor at The Big Apple magazine. His first catwalk show came 3 years later, and that he spent a few 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 like a judge – as well as two years later launched a shop selling accessories and homeware. Today, even he seems to think of himself like a brand – ‘That’s very Michael Kors,’ he says on several occasions.