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Legendary fashion designer Michael Kors coming to St. Louis

Michael Kors receives applause at the conclusion of his Fall/Winter 2010 show at New York Fashion Week, February 2010. (Wikicommons Photos)


Iconic fashion designer Michael Kors, who is Jewish, is coming to St. Louis this spring for St. Louis Fashion Fund’s “Speaking of Fashion” series in partnership with Washington University and Caleres. The speaker series is free and open to all. Last year it featured another Jewish fashion legend, Diane von Furstenberg.

The “Conversation with Michael Kors” talk will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Derek Blasberg, a native St. Louisan, journalist, author and fashion industry personality.

“When I was growing up in St. Louis more than two decades ago, Michael Kors was the sort of fashion name I hoped one day I’d be able to meet,” Blasberg said in a statement. “That’s why it’s especially thrilling to come back to my hometown and have the ability to speak to this undisputed icon of American style at Washington University.”

The hour-long program, slated for 4 p.m. on April 1 in the 800-seat Graham Chapel at Wash U., sold out minutes after registration opened. However, organizers will livestream the talk for those unable to get tickets or attend at that time.

In addition, a Michael Kors COLLECTION trunk show will be held on April 1 and 2 at the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum on campus coinciding with his visit. A portion of the trunk show proceeds will benefit St. Louis Fashion Fund in recognition of its 10th anniversary celebration.

Kors will also receive the Fashion Fund Award, which is presented to individuals making major contributions in fashion. In addition to von Furstenberg, past recipients include the late André Leon Talley, Dapper Dan, Iris Apfel and Karlie Kloss.

For Kors, the honor is professional and personal. The designer said, “I’m honored to take part in this extraordinary program that has, for a decade now, been a leading voice for local designers, students and fans of fashion alike. My husband, Lance Le Pere, hails from the St. Louis region so it is a welcome opportunity to pay homage to this community.”

Michael Kors’ luxury brand produces high quality ready-to-wear pieces, accessories, footwear and fragrance for men and women. In 2010, he was the youngest-ever designer to win the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2004, he was asked to be a judge on a new reality television show “Project Runway.” The show premiered on Dec. 1, 2004, and became an immediate hit with fans and critics. Kors was on the show for 10 seasons, stepping away in 2012. By that time, the series had garnered several Emmy Award nominations and other top honors.

“Thanks to our generous partners at Washington University and Caleres and their signature sponsorships, Kors’ St. Louis visit promises to deliver a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the region’s fashion and design community,” said Susan Sherman, co-founder, and board chair of St Louis Fashion Fund.

For more information about Kors’ visit or becoming a program partner, go to www.saintlouisfashionfund.org  A portion of the event patron ticket proceeds will benefit ticket sales will benefit Women’s Society of Washington University.


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Ellen Futterman
Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief
A native of Westbury, New York, Ellen Futterman broke into the world of big city journalism as a general assignment reporter for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner in the latter part of the 20th century. Deciding that Tinsel Town was not exciting enough for her, she moved on to that hub of glamour and sophistication, Belleville, Ill., where she became a feature writer, columnist and food editor for the Belleville News-Democrat. A year later the St. Louis Post-Dispatch scooped her up, neither guessing at the full range of her talents, nor the extent of her shoe collection. She went on to work at the Post-Dispatch for 25 years, during which time she covered hard news, education, features, investigative projects, profiles, sports, entertainment, fashion, interiors, business, travel and movies. She won numerous major local and national awards for her reporting on "Women Who Kill" and on a four-part series about teen-age pregnancy, 'Children Having Children.'" Among her many jobs at the newspaper, Ellen was a columnist for three years, Arts and Entertainment Editor, Critic-at-large and Daily Features (Everyday) Editor. She invented two sections from scratch, one of which recently morphed from Get Out, begun in 1995, to GO. In January of 2009, Ellen joined the St. Louis Jewish Light as its editor, where she is responsible for overseeing editorial operations, including managing both staff members and freelancers. Under her tutelage, the Light has won 16 Rockower Awards — considered the Jewish Pulitzer’s — including two personally for Excellence in Commentary for her weekly News & Schmooze column. She also is the communications content editor for the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis. Ellen and her husband, Jeff Burkett, a middle school principal, live in Olivette and have three children. Ellen can be reached at 314-743-3669 or at [email protected].