I had a lovely luncheon today at the David H. Koch theater in Lincoln Center. I was invited to honor Michael Kors with the award Artistry of Fashion 2013 by the Couture Council of the Museum at FIT.
This talented visionary has made his sportswear and accessories line become in a few decades a Global style that has impacted the world.
It all started in the late 70's as a student in FIT inspired by the casual luxury of uptown women who new how to wear jeans and
t-shirts with attitude and elegance.
"I have always wanted to make clothes that reflect a particular style anywhere in the world" he admitted after receiving his award from the lovely Hillary Swank who has worn his designs in several awards ceremonies.
"I want people to become their best version of themselves with my designs", he said after admitting he was terrible with a sewing machine and that his style is always rooted in reality and not in dreams. "I don't believe in Cinderella transformations".
His strong conviction in keeping up to date with the times and being able to maintain his curiosity made him promise as a final remark: "I'm not done and I'm so honored to be here!"
I sat at a lively table with great friends and colleagues like Gabriel Rivero, Manuel Santelices, Mari Ichazo from Revista Vanidades and the handsome Valentin Hernández, the son of my good friend Yaz Hernandez.
The menu was fresh and delightful ideal for a late summer day. At the end as a party favor we all received a beautiful
bottle of Michael Kors signature perfume.
Congratulations to a designer who still has a long way to go!