20 APRIL 2021

Michael Kors is celebrating his 40 years in fashion, and I just had a preview of his special anniversary collection from across the pond: It features a specially curated selection of iconic pieces of the Michael Kors label.

Kors is marking his four decades with a thoughtful reappraisal of his “greatest hits”, which include dressing stars from stage, screen, and state, from Jennifer Lopez to Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama, whose bare shoulders the designer brought to the fore. 

Michael Kors with Suzy in 2019

Michael spoke to me about building his own label in the 1980s and designing for Celine in Paris from 1998 to 2004, before expanding his brand in the US, and ultimately across the world. He has not only built a fashion business but also a powerful luxury accessories empire, under the name Capri Holdings Limited. This conglomerate includes his own mighty label as well as Jimmy Choo and Versace. 

The Covid pandemic has brought a thoughtful response from Michael Kors, who is the first American designer to miss the September timetable of New York Fashion Week shows and move his own presentations to October/November. His insightful vision on reducing the speed and amount of fashion in a post-Covid era is enlightening.

Our talk is a chance to hear the real Michael Kors, and to learn that feeding the hungry is as important to him as dressing the famous. Tune in here for more.