From jeans to sneakers, through all the pieces that make up everyday sportswear – you can thank America for the uniform that most of us choose to wear most days. That, says Michael Kors, is his country’s great fashion gift to the world.
American designers have always tended to focus on women on the go, none more so than Kors, speaking in London on a quick but packed visit for the opening of his new townhouse store on Old Bond Street. “American fashion is about life being fast – and designing things that work for the fast life,” he says.
After more than 35 years in the industry, Kors is full of anecdotes from the world of luxury design. In a fiercely competitive industry, he’s turned into one of the great survivors. His staying power can be attributed to his accessible approach to fashion and his enthusiastic embrace of all aspects of the modern industry, from social media to the celebrity circuit.
When reality TV show Project Runway first launched back in 2004, Michael Kors served as a judge despite the show being considered low-brow TV fare by many in the industry. Kors went on to judge through ten series – and both Zac Posen and newcomer designer Brandon Maxwell have followed in his footsteps, appreciating the huge media exposure.