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MICHAEL KORS

HE’S GOT GWYNETH ON SPEED DIAL, HAS DRESSED EVERYONE FROM ANNA WINTOUR TO OPRAH AND HAS BUILT A BILLIONDOLLAR BUSINESS EMPIRE FROM SCRATCH. FROM CHILD MODEL TO MODEL AMERICAN, THIS IS MICHAEL KORS...

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It’s 1pm in Claridge’s and everything is right with the world, as it always is in Claridge’s, even when everything is wrong. It is particularly right when you are lunching with Michael Kors in the Reading Room, the doors of which have been closed for privacy, leaving you alone with Kors, his senior vicepresident of global communications, and a blackand-white photograph of Jackie Onassis. “Th ey’ve moved it,” Kors observes, a Claridge’s regular for many years. “Oh, I know what I’m having. I’m going to be very New York and change the bread, but I’m going to have a roast beef sandwich. Perfect. I have to tell you, I am definitely not a kale enthusiast. Last night, they had these wonderful gnocchi, and I told Gwyneth I was going to go to the men’s room, but if she touched the gnocchi on my plate there’d be hell to pay.”

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For a man who, the previous evening, got straight offa plane from New York, held a press conference to mark a new lifestyle partnership with the McLaren Honda F1 team, threw a party to launch his new Regent Street flagship store, then popped to the River Cafe to host a dinner for 100 friends (Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Chastain, Solange Knowles, Jenson Button, Elle Macpherson and Dame Joan Collins among them), Kors, 56, looks pretty fresh in his uniform of black T-shirt, black jacket and dark jeans. He is tanned, but not the deep mahogany colour of lore. His teeth are reassuringly normal: almost British, in fact. “I’m built for speed,” he says cheerfully. “I’m either at full tilt or I go on vacation and collapse.”

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