‘A Portrait | The Michael Kors Mini-Documentary’ by Alison Chernick Makes YouTube Debut

Michael Kors debuts ‘A Portrait | The Michael Kors Mini-Documentary’ on YouTube’s new Fashion and Beauty Vertical

Michael Kors debuts ‘A Portrait | The Michael Kors Mini-Documentary’ on YouTube’s new Fashion and Beauty Vertical

New York documentarian director, Alison Chernick debuted her seven minute mini-film ‘A Portrait | The Michael Kors Mini-Documentary’ about the personal and professional background of designer Michael Kors on Thursday, timed with the launch of YouTube’s new fashion vertical channel.

Encouraging fashion people to smile more, Michael Kors takes us on an upbeat journey through his upbringing in Merrick, Long Island, as the “only child in a family of very, very outspoken women,” he says referring to his mother, aunt and grandmother whose “simple and sporty” style, “bohemian hippy princess” look and “over-the-top glamour,” respectively, prompted his interest in fashion. “When I said I wanted to be a designer there were hosannas around the room,” admits Kors.

Bergdorf Goodman’s fashion director-president, Dawn Mello, is credited with inspiring the launch of Kors’ own label after admiring his age 19 work in a nearby Fifth Avenue fashion boutique Lothar’s. Chernick does a superb job of capturing the grit and glam of 70s New York and the centrality of Michael Kors in that scene.

Bronwyn Cosgrave, writing for THR, reminds readers of what’s left out of the film, necessitated by its short length. Kors isn’t credited sufficiently for transforming Celine into an aspirational brand. There’s no mention of the financial struggles Michael Kors endured until Hong Kong tycoon, Silas Chou, invested in his brand in 2003. (It went public in 2011). The designers work on ‘Project Runway’ is also absent.

In a lovely coincidence with the YouTube debut of the short documentary, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a Michael Kors MICHAEL dress on George and Charlotte’s first day of school.

Rianne Van Rompaey Fronts Michael Kors Fall 2019 Collection, Lensed By Inez + Vinoodh

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Rianne Van Rompaey Fronts Michael Kors Fall 2019 Collection, Lensed By Inez + Vinoodh

Top model Rianne Van Rompaey introduces Michael Kors’ Fall 2019 Collection, with its new MKC Monogramme travel bag, inspired by drawings that Kors sketched while in high school. Rianne is lensed by Dutch photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin inside a sumptuous New York residence.

Bella Hadid + Luna, Mayowa, Sohyun Are Free Spirits By David Sims For Michael by Michael Kors SS 2019

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Top model Bella Hadid headlines MICHAEL by Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2019 Campaign, joined by Luna Bijl, Mayowa Nicholas, Sohyun Jung and the boy crew including Timo BaumannDon Lee, Piero Mendez, and Zhengyang Zhang. Photographer David Sims is in the studio, flashing an exhuberant display of butterflies-birds do camoflage, worn by models setting the 24/7, adventure-loving Michael Kors pace.

Michael Kors Buys Versace For $2.12 Billion, Diversifying Its Geographic Portfolio

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Michael Kors Buys Versace For $2.12 Billion, Diversifying Its Geographic Portfolio

The Michael Kors group of luxury brands will rename itself Capri Holdings, inspired perhaps by its decision to buy the Italian fashion house Versace at a purchase price of $2.12 billion.

"We are excited to have Versace as part of our family of luxury brands, and we are committed to investing in its growth," Michael Kors Chairman and CEO John Idol said in the press release.

"We believe that the strength of the Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo brands, and the acquisition of Versace, position us to deliver multiple years of revenue and earnings growth," he added.

Michael Kors says as part of its long-term strategy it will aim to grow Versace to $2 billion of revenue globally while expanding its retail footprint to 300 stores from 200. It also hopes to build out Versace's e-commerce and omni-channel development.

The deal will help the American-based brand diversify its geographic portfolio from 66% Americas to 57% Americas; from 23% Europe to 24% Europe; and from 11% Asia to 19% Asia.

Andreea Diaconu Fronts MICHAEL Michael Kors Fall Winter 2018.19 Campign By Lachlan Bailey

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Supermodel Andreea Diaconu showcases her starring role in MICHAEL Michael Kors'Fall Winter 2018.19 campaign, joined by Baptiste Radufe. Paul Cavaco styles Andreea for images by Lachlan Bailey./ Hair by Rudi Lewis; makeup by Mark Carrasquillo