Michael Kors will never rely on a single "muse" for inspiration.
The American fashion designer has never designed pieces with just one woman in mind, unlike the late Karl Lagerfeld, who had many muses including Vanessa Paradis, Claudia Schiffer, and Cara Delevingne.
"To this day, the question I hate the most is when people say, 'Who's your muse?' And I say, 'Muse? If I'm only designing for one woman, then we're in trouble,'" he told Harper's Bazaar.
And Kors attributes his successful, decades-long career to growing up in a family of strong, fashion-forward women in Long Island.
"They were all very specific in their point of view, they were all very opinionated," the 60-year-old said, before recalling an argument his mother - former model Joan Hamburger - once had with her sister-in-law "over whether taupe or camel was a better colour for a winter coat".
Kors also revealed that he helped to redesign his mother's dress for her second wedding when he was just five years old.
"My grandmother was with us at the bridal salon, and my mother had ordered her dress, and was having the first fitting. It was floor-length, heavy cream shantung, very Balenciaga, and covered in bows. When my mother tried it on, I just went silent. My mother asked, 'What's wrong? and I said, 'Those bows are so terrible!'" he laughed.
The designer, whose chic dresses were even worn by former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, wants to create clothes for women of all sizes and ages.
"My aim is to make women feel their best selves," Kors shared. "She could be 85, she could be 16; she could be a size 22 or a size four."
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