Happy Birthday to Michael Kors

9 Aug

Michael Kors (born Karl Anderson Jr.) founded his eponymous fashion house in 1981. The same year his first women’s ready-to-wear collection was sold at Bergdorf GoodmanSaks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdalesin New York City. He slowly gained an international reputation through the press, but also in large part through his newly appointed position as creative director of the fashion house Céline in 1997.

From Manhattan and Long Island to Los Angeles and Hollywood, MichaelKors emulated a classically laidback yet chic silhouette and for hisFall/Winter 2007 he created Sport Luxe, a classic sportswear line, which found immediate success. Top models such as Carmen Kass (from 2002 to 2010), Erin Wasson (2005) and Karmen Pedaru (since Spring/Summer2011), emulated the brand’s classically New York image that the designer advocated as an urban yet pure lifestyle—a delicate balance between the show-biz jet setter and the relaxing Hamptons vacationer.

In 2000, Michael Kors inaugurated a boutique on Madison Avenue in New York at the same as the launch of his new women’s perfume, Michael Kors. The company would go on to release Island Michael Kors and VeryHollywood in 2005 and 2009 respectively. After releasing the first menswear collection in 1997, Michael Kors signed his first menswear line in 2002. Two years later the designer expanded the fashion house with the launch of two new lines: Michael by Michael Kors and Kors by MichaelKors. While the first was designated as more accessible and therefore more oriented towards chic sportswear, the second was a line that exclusively sold footwear.

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