Last night Fern Mallis interviewed Michael Kors as the last installment of her ‘Fashion Icons’ series at the 92nd Street Y. Not only is Kors one of the most prolific (and most likable) designers, but he’s also one of the most quotable.
Mallis asked Kors about everything from changing his name (he was born Karl Anderson Jr.) to meeting his husband Lance Le Pere (previously a Kors’ intern) and Kors’ answers were thoughtful and funny. Audience members laughed, applauded, and even aww-ed (“What makes me smile? Lance makes me smile,” Kors responded to one question) as the designer talked about his life and work.
Read on for the best Kors quotes of the night.
When asked what now-husband Lance showed him to get hired as an intern:
What did he show me? Oh my god, I’m going to get sued!
On helping to launch the careers of Victoria’s Secret models:
A lot of my fit models have turned out to be Victoria’s Secret Angels. I love beautiful, healthy, upbeat, happy people.
On there being room for only one Karl in fashion:
Kors: I knew in fashion there was only one Karl.
Mallis: But you were only 5 years old!
Kors: I had a premonition there could be only one! By the time my mom got married I wanted a really adult name. My mom wanted to name me Dov, I wanted to be Michael – not Mike, not Mikey, Michael.
On the theme of his Bar Mitzvah:
Everything was mustard and brown, the napkins, the cups, the yarmulkes, everything. I actually wanted a lobster bake which didn’t go over to well. My father’s family came in madras shorts, my mother’s came in evening gowns.
On writing a book:
Oh I’ll definitely write one someday–not yet! We’re not even halfway there yet.
On who would play him in a movie:
If it’s a drama and vanity comes into the picture, I’m going to have to go with Daniel Craig. If it’s big box office, and it’s a comedy, I’m going to go Will Ferrell.
On what fashion trend he would like to see die:
Well I have to say, maxi dresses I think are terrific if you have a tailor, but if I see another girl literally tripping over her clothes, sweeping it on the ground – the trend that I want to see? Everyone get a tailor. How hard is it? GET A TAILOR.
On the biggest mistake of his design career:
I personally think the worst thing I did of my design career was bodysuits for men. Now [at the time] I thought it was very smart, but of course, snaps on the male anatomy are not a good thing. I learned that as a men’s designer it can’t be just about [what I would wear.]