Michael Kors has been having a banner year, and his streak doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. In February, the designer marked his 30th year in business. Next, he opened an expansive, 7,000-square-foot space on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris and then revamped his Madison Avenue flagship. His quest for worldwide retail domination continued last night in Los Angeles with the opening of his latest store, where Zoe Saldana, Kate Mara, and Minka Kelly turned out to the new Robertson Boulevard shop to show their support at a special celebration benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“I’ve been in love with Los Angeles since visiting my grandparents out there when I was a kid—I couldn’t imagine a more glamorous place than L.A. in the seventies,” Kors tells Style.com. “Even now, there’s nowhere else I can get my fix of people-watching on Robertson, great service at the Beverly Hills Hotel, drinks at the Polo Lounge, and a burger from In-N-Out.”
Though Kors wasn’t in town for the event, he turned over hosting duties to stylist Petra Flannery, whose admiration for the designer made her apt for the task. “He’s the ultimate American designer,” Flannery said. “There’s a classicism to his designs that really works for people. They could be 50 years old or 19.” For her part, Kelly—a Flannery client and Kors devotee—lauded Kors’ ability to zero in on exactly what women want. “He just gets femininity and accentuates all the right places so you can be sexy without overdoing it,” said Kelly, who was fittingly wearing a Michael Kors Resort ’12 optic white body-con bouclé sheath dress.