Michael Kors can't quite believe he's about to celebrate 40 years in fashion.
The American designer is one of the industry's most dependable names, and as well as helming his own label and being synonymous with clean and classic cuts, Kors also held the top spot at Celine from 1997 to 2003.
He launched the Michael Kors brand at Bergdorf Goodman in 1981, and the 61-year-old has told WWD that he cannot get his head around the upcoming big anniversary.
"Honestly, I know this sounds - really, it's no BS (bulls**t) - I truly still feel like, 'Didn't I just start?'" he exclaimed. "I'm like, how could this be? It's an impossibility. It's so funny. When I see models like Iman, I have known all these years. The last time I saw her, I said, 'How long have we known each other?' And she was like, 'What do you think, 15, 20 years?' I said, 'Iman, more like almost 40.'
"I can't believe that it's 40 years, because I'm still juiced, I'm still energized, I'm still curious. Other than my feet hurting after I run down the runway - after I take that (post-show) sprint, that's when I know I've been doing it for 40 years."
Over his four decades in fashion, Kors feels confident that he now truly knows his customers.
He's learned that women want everything from fashion; they want their garments to last, but to excite them, they're looking for confidence and clothes and accessories that make them feel both powerful and feminine.
"They're not willing to give up anything," he stated. "I think for a designer, you have to really stick to your game and say, 'All right, I have this idea, now how do I work it out? How do I make sure that there's a sense of joy when you try it on that's balanced with something that's pragmatic?' Because all of these women (want both). Now, I'm on my third generation in some families. There's grandma, there's daughter and now there's granddaughter."
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