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Watch: Why Michael Kors is the Ultimate American Designer of the Moment [theFashionDish]

"To me, the ultimate American designer of the moment is Michael Kors," said celebrity stylist Robert Verdi at last month's filming of theFashionDish, a new original series from tFS. "I think he's who the world imagines our design community to be. And to his credit, he's had tremendous success in recent years. Obviously his company went public, he's now a billionaire. But up until that, he was really on the brink, as those of us know from the inside track. It wasn't easy for him all these years. And I have to say, I think his clothes are the clothes that women like to wear."

"He knows his customer," said Jaclyn Jones, Senior Womenswear Editor at WGSN. "It's my favorite thing that I get to do, in all of Fashion Week. He has this very small international press conference. It's thirty people in a room the day before his show sends. He stands there, he has models come in, show some of the looks, he has some of his accessories. And he tells you what his inspiration is, and talks you through everything — his fabric, his details. And he talks about his woman like I've never heard anyone talk about it. He knows who his girl is. "

Watch the full conversation above. 

Images: IMAXtree

Images: IMAXtree

The debut installment of theFashionDish brings six fashion industry experts for dinner and a roundtable discussion recapping New York Fashion Week. In the coming weeks, we'll be bringing you lots of short clips and a full 30-minute episode drawn from the rowdy, hilarious and informative conversation that ensued. 

About our panelists:

  • June Ambrose, a leading celebrity stylist whose clients include Jay ZMissy Elliot and Zoe Saldana.
  • Laurie Brookins, a veteran fashion journalist who has interviewed designers like Tom FordFrida Giannini and Alber Elbaz. Brookins was also theFashionSpot's social ambassador this Fashion Week.
  • Katie Cassidy, the star of The CW's Arrow and co-founder of the fashion blog TomboyKC.
  • Jaclyn Jones, Senior Womenswear Editor at WGSN, a leading trend forecasting firm.
  • Chiun-Kai "Chunky" Shih, fashion photographer, Condé Nast creative director and the creator of Hipstamatic's 'Chunky' lens.
  • Robert Verdi, a celebrity stylist (best known for his work with Eva Longoria), television personality and lifestyle expert.

Julie Bensman, theFashionSpot's editor-at-large, moderated the discussion, which was filmed at The Lion in New York City.