He is a celebrated fashion designer, a first-class philanthropist, and one of TIME magazine’s Most Influential People in the world. On what it takes to achieve longevity in the fashion industry, Michael Kors quoted three qualities: tenacity, curiosity, and passion. “We should name one of our fragrances ‘Tenacity’,” said Kors. The designer was in Singapore this week to grace the opening of the Michael Kors Mandarin Gallery flagship store with his ever-gorgeous muse, Hollywood starlet Kate Hudson.

Michael Kors & Alina Cho at “In Conversation with Michael Kors & Alina Cho” dialogue in School of the Arts

“In all the years that I’ve known you, you have managed to stay the exact same person,” said Alina Cho, former host of CNN’s “Fashion: Backstage Pass”, to Kors during a morning dialogue at the School of the Arts on Tuesday. “You are humble. You are kind. You are generous. You are hilarious, and you are larger-than-life and a person that I truly, truly adore.” In that one hour spent hearing the designer talk about his legacy in life and fashion, it’s really not that hard to believe Cho’s words. Ahead, seven interesting facts to know about Michael Kors. Ps: you’ll never guess which Hollywood actor(s) he would choose to portray him in a movie!


He likens Singapore to New York

Michael Kors & Kate Hudson toasted at Michael Kors Mandarin Gallery Flagship opening (Photo by: Getty Images for Michael Kors)

“For someone like me who loves to shop, who loves great food, who loves warm weather. This is the perfect spot. I can shop till I drop here. I’m happy the humidity is good for my skin. As a New Yorker, I love any place with a mix of cultures. Manhattan is this tiny island with all these cultures, and Singapore is very similar. You have a mixture of cultures and nationalities that I think makes this a special place.”
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He now has a new Orchid flower named after him

Michael Kors at the Dendrobrium Michael Kors christening (Photo by: Getty Images for Michael Kors)

Dendrobrium Michael Kors is a good perfume name. It’s nothing that I’ve ever imagined. It’s a major honour. We have two cats who like to eat flowers. On my list of flowers that we actually can have in our house that they can eat and will not get sick are orchids. I’m taking my orchid from Singapore to our house in Florida and have a little bit of Singapore at home in the States.”

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He knew nothing about the business of fashion when he first started

Michael Kors Mandarin Gallery (Photo by: Getty Images for Michael Kors)

“I didn’t know how you actually ship the clothes to a store. I didn’t realise that in the store, they could actually steam something with a steamer or press it. I was afraid my pieces would crease, so I had each piece individually wrapped with tissue and plastic. I called my aunt and I said: “Would you drive me off to Bergdorfs?” We got into the car, we loaded the back seat with all of these clothes, and we pulled up to a receiving dock. My aunt said: “Who do I meet?” And I said: “I don’t know.”

I didn’t know there were codes and barcodes (on the clothings), so I had to decide what I needed to number everything. So I decided: style number one, style number two, style number three. Black pants. Brown top. Black dress. Brown skirt. It wasn’t the most professional way to jump into things but the customers responded to the clothes.”
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He wants Will Ferrell and Danial Craig to portray him in a movie

Michael Kors & Alina Cho at “In Conversation with Michael Kors & Alina Cho” dialogue in School of the Arts

“Well, there will be two movies. There is the comedy, which I think will be a big box office hit. [I’d choose] Will Ferrell. Then there’s my fantasy movie, which will be sexy and moody, [and] that would be Danial Craig.”
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He was not a fan of reality television, but changed his mind when he did Project Runway

Michael Kors & Kate Hudson toasted at Michael Kors Mandarin Gallery Flagship opening (Photo by: Getty Images for Michael Kors)

“To me, reality television showed people who ate bugs and try to vote each other off. I was concerned. Fashion’s something that I love and it was hard work. I didn’t want anything to make fun of the hard work that goes into fashion. I wanted it to be shown as the creative endeavour that it is.

The way that they convinced me to do the show… they said to me: “You are a design critic at fashion schools in New York at Parsons School of Design, at FIT, and you work with students. You’re going to do the same thing here. We’re just going to televise it. There’s no script. You just say what you think.”

The first year that I did it, I thought maybe this would last a year. Who knew? 10 seasons later, and the show is going strong. It’s a global phenomenon, and I think it’s shown people around the world this amazing alchemy that fashion is.”

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Singapore will house the first flagship store in Southeast Asia to feature menswear

Michael Kors Mandarin Gallery (Photo by: Getty Images for Michael Kors)

The Asian market always keeps you as a designer on your feet. I find that this city, in general, got this incredible mixture of people -- both local and global who are coming here to shop. Women have long known the power of wearing something and what it portrays about you in the world. Men have been kind of stuck in their rules. Now it’s a whole new world for guys. We know now that men are looking for versatility. There are a lot of male fashionistas here in Singapore.”
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He thinks real women wearing his clothes are the coolest thing in the world

Singapore-exclusive Michael Kors merchandises (left); Creative director Kersie in Michael Kors Fall 2016 dress

“I literally would stop on the street, or at the airport, and count handbags. I count watches. I will talk to people on the street. I love seeing people enjoying, wearing and looking great in what I design.”

Fighting world hunger is his cause

“As I started travelling around the world, I started to see that this was a global problem. I sat down and I thought, who can we partner with? Regardless of what’s going on in the world -- whether there’s war or civil problems -- who has the possibility and capability to deliver food around the world?” The United Nations has the World Food program. We have all these fans and all of our clients. We can mobilise this and we can make a difference. [So far,] we’ve served 15 million meals.”


The Michael Kors Mandarin Gallery Flagship is located at 333A Orchard Road #01-12/13 & #02-13, Singapore 238897.

Just in time for the festive season, PANDORA collaborated with the magical world of Disney to tell captivating and timeless stories through an enchanting jewellery collection.

The iconic romance between Mickey and Minnie Mouse is depicted in hand-finished charms, one rendering their likeness in precious stones, and the other showing the silhouette of the two characters in a sweet motif. Plus, another charm made in sterling silver shows Mickey's signature silhouette crafted from mother of pearl provides elegance and flair to your existing collection. 

And what's Disney without its classic fairytales? From Tinker Bell's star and bell charm and Winnie The Pooh's adorable pot of 'hunny' charm and red and yellow enamel, to Princess Jasmine and Princess Aurora's signature moments in the movies creatively crafted into elegant bracelet pieces, Disney's magic truly captures what it means like to tell your own story in the most glamorous of ways.

So what are you waiting for? Make that wish upon a star come true and share your own captivating tale with the Pandora x Disney Autumn/Winter 2016 Collection.


The Pandora x Disney Autumn/Winter 2016 Collection is now available in all Pandora stores worldwide.

Don’t you just hate it when you have to go to an optical store and it’s always jam-packed with people? Or the fact that when you enter it, you don’t know where to even begin to look for a style you like because they’re all compressed into tight rows.

Well, you don’t have to worry about those anymore because OWNDAYS, one of the largest optical chains from Japan, landed on Philippine shores last 8th November 2016 at Estancia Mall.

Known for its quick “20-minute” processing time, 1,500 styles of specs and sunnies, and an “all-in-one” pricing system, one of Japan’s largest optical chains is now here to change your shopping experience for the better.

As you enter OWNDAYS’ wide open concept store, you’ll be able to freely touch and try over a thousand different styles of frames. After, you can either choose to have your vision checked by their PRC Licensed Optometrist, bring your existing prescription, or have your favourite pair of glasses copied.

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