( fashion critic Amy Spindler)
The Long Island born American designer was originally known as Karl Anderson Jr. The name that he chose for himself, Michael Kors, now also stands for his brands of apparel and fragrances.
He began designing clothes at the age of 19 and launched the Michael Kors womenswear line in 1981. He then was named the first ever women' s ready-to-wear designer and creative director for the French fashion house Celine. After a successful carrier at Celine, during which he turned the fashion house around with a critically acclaimed ready-to-wear line, he left in 2003 to concentrate on his own brand. Kors launched his menswear line in 2002.
In addition to the Michael Kors runway collection, the MICHAEL Michael Kors and KORS Michael Kors lines were launched in 2004.
Besides the ready- to wear apparel his lines also include women's handbags and shoes. His designs can be purchased at boutiques in New York, Beverly Hills and Chicago among others.
His dresses are worn by the likes of Jennifer Lopez
and Jessica Simpson
Kors is renowned for his classic, chic yet luxurious style.
Michael Kors was awarded the Elle/Cadillac
Fashion Award for Excellence in 1995, the CFDA award for womenswear designer of the year in 1999 and the CFDA award for menswear designer of the year in 2003.