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Michael Kors

Michael Kors' designs are synonymous with American sportswear. His signature is a subtle twist of the classics: The clothes are chic, modern, but also timeless.

Last summer, Kors was the recipient of the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award. And next year he will celebrate his 30th year in business. Entering into his eigth season on Bravo TVs Project Runway, he has become a household name.

His spring 2011 collection reflected two of the season's strongest themes - minimalism and explosive color. We chatted briefly backstage and then met up in his showroom. There we talked at greater length about his design philosophy and the inspirations for his latest work.