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Michael Kors is recognized as one of America's pre-eminent designers for luxury sportswear and accessories

There is no doubt that Michael Kors is one of the most successful top fashion designers working today, surging forwards while other marques are suffering contractions in sales. Last year, the opening of the flagship in London was an important event. White Italian marble, chocolate brown carpet and shiny stainless steel set the sophisticated tone for the shopping experience at this Michael Kors boutique on New Bond Street. The design concept of the store mixes the modern and the eclectic: vintage Milo Baughman sofa, zebra chairs, lacquered mirrors and crystal chandeliers with zebra-print seating, minimalist display cases and coffee tables.

This is where you will find the quintessential American sportswear wardrobe: crushed cashmere, clouds of mohair, weightless tweed and liquid silk and jersey. Sexy sandals and boots mix with utility satchels and sharp clutches for a signature relaxed glamour.
In other words, it's a great place to discover more about the Michael Kors recipe for beauty. The designer has a lot of intelligent advice, such as that it's a good thing to buy fewer things that are of higher quality. And that three-quarters of your clothes should be the basics, and only a quarter the accessories. Surprisingly, many women buy the other way around. And, instead of relying on black trousers and white shirts, try white trousers and black shirts. Lastly, the wondrous textile bonded jersey, which never creases. Many problems solved.

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