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Vanity Fair - by George Wayne September 2009 Since launching his eponymous label, in 1981, Michael Kors has emerged as one of Americas top designers, but his turn as a judge on Project Runway transformed him into fashions Simon Cowellshrewd, blunt, and in command. As Korss new fragrance, Very Hollywood, arrives in stores this month, our correspondent catches up with the iconic jetrosexual. George Wayne: I hope you said your prayers and have your oxygen mask handy. Michael Kors: Im totally overjoyed and ready for the roller coaster. The timeless-design genius is the one who masters the mantra that fashion is the perfect meld of intelligence and artifice. Ooh, I love that. Its like my two favorite meals. Give me Caviar Kaspia and give me a hamburger. I love the two extremes. Is it safe to surmise that the young Kors wasnt reading Lolita, and was more entranced with dressing his Barbie doll, or maybe Ken? Instead of reading Lolita, he was more likely reading Judith Krantz. I was watching Lindsay Wagner in Scruples. I wasnt Barbie-obsessed. I think my mother might have been my Barbie. You designed her second wedding dressand you were only five years old! This is true. Who in their right mind would actually listen to their five-year-old? Though the marriage didnt last, the pictures are timeless. What about that personal epiphany? Did you say, Mama, Im different from the other boys? I had never had to say I was different. My mom started asking when I was 12, Is there anything you want to tell me? I then told her I was bisexual. And she said, Youre so trendy, but you are not bisexual, you are gay. She cut to the chase. What can I say? And who popped the cherry piñata, Mary Kors? Oh, my God! Well, back in high schoolit was the 70s, after allTrans Ams and Camaros were definitely the turn-on at Bellmore Kennedy High School. And you are wearing a nylon shirt, which was hot as hell, and a pair of too tight Fiorucci jeans. You might as well just get out of them. And are you top or bottom? Depends on the mood. It would defy the laws of gravity to think of Michael Kors as the sissy top. Well, I love eveningwear and I love sportswear. No one couldve envisaged that Project Runway would morph into this pop-cult tsunami. We had no idea. At first, I kept thinking, O.K., gay men will watch it, fashionistas will watch it, and we might have a few people hoping to see Heidi Klum in a bra. What normal person is going to watch this? I think we managed to pull the curtain back and show the world how interesting this all is and how hard it isand, lets be honest, how insane fashion people are. Will you declare that Michael Kors is as much a star as Marc Jacobs? Marc and I have known each other for so long. I was at his Parsons graduation, and I think that we are both so different, but then there is this generational thing. The three Ms: Mizrahi, Marc, and Michael. All the same age. All the same time. Yet all very different. I never think of it as competitive. Bankruptcy and the failed attempt to helm the French house of Celine That wasnt a failed attempt. I was there for seven and a half years. A failed attempt would not be re-signing a contract three times. Well, why did you leave? The Concorde was finished, darling, and I didnt re-sign. Timing is everything. The Kors sensibility is all about the aspirational jetrosexual. G.W. will go there and declare that the next Kors accessory ought to be called Michael Kors LOrangerie Tanning Butter. Now that Valentino has retired, I believe someone must wave the too tanned flag. And the most awe-inspiring accolade Michael Kors has been recently blessed with would be
? Dressing Mrs. Obama for her official portrait. I love all she represents as our First Lady. Darling, its all about the chiaroscuro! Thank you, M.K. __________________ Shop safe at Tabutoys.com Read our Sex Blog!