‘A large amount of women, when they need to stay in a powerful situation, wear a dress. Everyone wears a gown,’ he says. ‘And suddenly, she’s in a suit. Therefore I think there were people watching saying, “Oh, you know what, I could look feminine and powerful and se-xy all at once – I really could wear Michael Kors online outlet Sydney.”‘ The suit sold out overnight, globally. ‘Fifteen yrs ago, there are still distinct borders popular, and that’s all gone,’ he says, referring to the impact of a social-media universe where everybody is a fashion critic and likes on Instagram is often as significant as shoots in glossy magazines. Fifteen in the past, remarkably, he was only opening his first store, in New York City. He has 509 stores worldwide, 13 of them throughout the uk and Ireland, including a new Sloane Street branch in London. Seven more will open here next season, including a Regent Street flagship at the begining of 2016.
Kors matured in Merrick, Long Island, a suburban town outside New York City. He was thinking about style from the beginning, he says, and also at five-years old advised his mother, Joan – a former Revlon model – on the wedding gown on her behalf second marriage, coaxing her from frills in favour of your more streamlined and flattering style. ‘Even at that age, I knew that this woman should wear the gown, not other way round,’ he says. The many women in their family were a massive influence in the introduction of this conceit. ‘It was slightly similar to a Fellini or perhaps an Almodóvar film in my family,’ he laughs. ‘I was flanked by these very strong women, and they also all had different fashion points of view. ‘My mum was very understated, while my grandmother was over-the-top and glamorous,’ he recalls. ‘I had one aunt who has been very bohemian, and another aunt who had been a full-on se-x-bomb [she apparently wore a bikini to his bar mitzvah]. And I saw that if people position the right thing on, that they had a bit of a spring within their step.’
As a teenager, he regularly ventured to the city, hanging out at Studio 54, which had been frequented through the fashion crowd including 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 develop his own collection. In the cut-throat world of New York City fashion, which will take some serious self-belief, I have faith that. ‘I was sure of myself. I knew a few things i liked and so i outleydney what I wanted,’ he nods. ‘At once I needed not a clue regarding the mechanics of fashion, but I knew the kind of things which I wanted to style, and I knew the sort of woman I needed to create for. I didn’t start scared about whether or not this works,’ he says. ‘When I take part in the game, I know I would like to win.’
Fifteen in the past, 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 Melbourne online, Bergdorf Goodman, and championed by Anna Wintour, then fashion editor at New York City magazine. His first catwalk show came three years later, and the man spent several 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 same year he joined the hit television show Project Runway as a judge – as well as two years later launched a store selling accessories and homeware. Today, even he seems to consider himself as being a brand – ‘That’s very Michael Kors,’ he says on several occasions.