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July 20, 2011  | by: Ashley Vaughn

Michael Kors

Another iconic designer has hit a fashion milestone of staying alive and soaring through the fashion world for 30 strong years: Michael Kors. The youthful-looking, yet slightly aged designer has caused his brand to elevate its name in recent years. He’s been a faithful judge on the popular show “Project Runway,” where he critiqued the works of aspiring fashion designers, alongside good friend Heidi Klum. His appearance on this show helped fans put a face to the name of the fashion pieces in their closets they love to wear.

In the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Kors’ road to successwas highlighted. While reading the article, it is easy to fall more in love with the designer, and not just for his creative fashion genius. Starting off by attending FIT, Kors landed a job at a then-trendy boutique, Lothar’s, where he became a big hit with designers who would stop by. From there, he became so popular that he quit FIT to work full-time. With all that hard work and dedication, one shouldn’t be surprised the designer doesn’t just have one successful line, he has three thriving lines that are all in high demand: Michael Kors collection, Kors Michael Kors, and Michael Michael Kors, collectively drawing in $1 billion a year.

Michael kors on Project Runway

Kors uniqueness isn’t hard to notice. He separates himself from the rest in many ways, from allowing his models to walk the runways with smiles, to even having his own moment in the spotlight, walking the runway at the finale of his shows. People also notice that his fashion choices for himself are very simple yet chic.  He stays in black jeans, a black t shirt, black blazer and aviator sunglasses. His appearance and his easy going attitude allow him to focus on the detail of his vision for his line, and one can never go wrong wearing classic, staple black pieces.

The designer’s attire matches the style of his collections, simple yet chic and classic. The everyday woman can find many pieces to wear in all of his collections. It is evident that Kors loves the practicality of his collections for women, stating, “I not only only enjoy it, I think, how do you design things that are applicable to life–unless you live it?”

Kors’ work has not gone unnoticed.  He was awarded CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award last year, and his 30 year stretch in the fashion world speaks for itself.  Kors said:

“The nice thing about having this history is that it gives you the confidence to say, ‘Oh, that’s very Michael Kors,’ When I won the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award [last year], I was like, ‘Wait a second, wow, oh, my God.’ This light bulb went off, and I was like, ‘It’s okay to use yourself as an adjective, with saying ‘Oh, that’s very Michael Kors.’”

Kors on runway

Kors seemed very surprised yet humbled by his fashion achievements. That big smile and contagious laugh that we see and hear on television only adds to his ability to be loved. The fact that he has survived in a business where 15 minutes is a lifetime speaks volume for his creative vision and his brave team. His practical yet luxe label helps women stay simple, sexy and chic, and that is what keeps the revenue coming in. His legacy is already established but can still be built upon as Kors has no plan to stop anytime soon. Kors defined what he hoped he will be remembered for:

“My legacy would be that you don’t have to give up anything. You can be chic but have a sense of humor, you can be sexy but comfortable, you can be timeless but fresh. I think to be empathetic is the greatest gift you can have as a designer. Hopefully, people will look at me and say, ‘He really loved women.’”

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