BEVERLY HILLS — There was plenty Michael Kors would talk about at a lunch in his honor here — and some things he wouldn’t.
One of the latter was the number of stores in California he has in the works, although he said there are more planned. “Leases are still being signed, so I can’t say where,” he said at the lunch last Tuesday, which was hosted by W magazine and Irena Medavoy at her Beverly Park home.
The designer, en route to a holiday in Cabo San Lucas, was in town for a personal appearance at the new Nordstrom in Westfield Topanga mall. As a gaggle of Kors-clad women, including Anjelica Huston, Jamie Tisch, Crystal Lourd, Kelly Katz, Wendy and Amanda Goldberg, Lynda Resnick, Cheryl Saban and Lyn Lear gathered on the patio to greet him, Medavoy mused of her mansion, “It does well with fashion, doesn’t it? I love to host these events.”
After the lobster salads, Kors stood up to narrate a presentation of resort, an homage to “the Bouviers in Bombay.” As models paraded out in zebra caftans and pale gold brocade dresses, Kors offered witticisms and suggestions on how to wear each ensemble.
“Here’s a sexy dress women can eat in,” he said of an Empire-waisted number. “Yes, you can have that breadstick!” Of another forgiving gown, he quipped, “With Heidi Klum popping out babies like she is, I have to remember to leave room.”
After a tête-à-tête with Huston, Kors said, “The cool thing about this event is I get to meet the customer, and she can hear where I’m coming from, because I think sometimes there’s a disconnect, you know?”
But thanks to “Project Runway,” at least one demographic has caught on to Kors: “I now have legions of fans in the single digits. Eight-year-olds love me.”
This story first appeared in the October 23, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.