Michael Kors wants to dress Miley Cyrus as sexy and naked as possible

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Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde, Gabrielle Union, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dever, Alexandra Schipp, Marisa Tomei and Zoey Deutch gathered at Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles on Tuesday night to help Michael Kors celebrate its new store on Rodeo Drive.

Guests were greeted at the door by tuxedoed waitstaff offering glasses of champagne. Hors d’oeuvres included caviar, while dinner started with a butter lettuce salad, followed by a choice of Alaskan halibut, pan-roasted Jidori chicken or Westholme Australian Wagyu. Dessert, including cheesecake and black and white cookies, was offered buffet style in the Kibitz Room.

While the menu was designed by Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, the well-heeled attendees insisted on eating some of Canter’s specialties. Union requested pickles, as did architectural designer Dax Miller, who also ordered a pastrami sandwich (with mustard, of course) for restaurateur and former reality TV star Marissa Hermer of “Ladies of London.” Before anyone could utter an “oy,” Kathy Hilton took a big bite out of a Hermer sandwich.

“It’s wonderful,” Hilton said.

The black cherry soda from Dr. Brown was served in wine glasses while another guest asked for a plate of fries. “Those fries are so good with the Thousand Island dressing,” one woman cooed. A few bowls of matzoh ball soup were also delivered to tables.

All in all it was a perfect mix of glitz, glamor and nosh.

“The coolest thing from a fashion perspective in LA is that this is the epicenter of high-low,” Kors told me as guests entered the eatery. “This is the city where sneakers match the dress, where people fight for a dress and eat a hot dog. It’s very much how I design. And I always thought that was so typically American. Everyone thinks of New York when they think of fashion, but the world actually dresses like LA.”

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Here are some excerpts from our conversation.

Do you remember the first time you came to Canter’s?

My mother moved to Los Angeles when I was 18 and my grandparents when I was 14. I was probably in Studio One or somewhere else in West Hollywood. When I went out in LA, I never understood how everything closes at 2am. I always thought, “What should we do now?” I would end up in The Kibitz Room. And of course I have so many memories of Spago in both incarnations. I thought, you know what? Let’s do a one night Spago at Canter’s.

What did your team think of the idea?

Everyone and anyone who works for me thought that was me. I had to remind them that when we opened, our first store was on Madison Avenue in New York. We opened across the street from the Carlyle and everyone said, “Oh, we’re going to the party at the Carlyle.” I said, ‘No, I want to do it at EAT.’ There Martha Stewart could enjoy a hot dog.

Your first Rodeo store closed during COVID. Did you always know you would come back?

Certainly. There aren’t many places like Beverly Hills that have the feel of a small town in the middle of a huge city. It is a resort that is not a resort and a street that represents glamor for the whole world. I was 14 when I first saw Rodeo Drive and I was fascinated.

How does the new store differ from the previous one?

In Los Angeles, there are two extremely different scenarios for people shopping. There are people who come to LA as tourists and like to shop on the streets. But then there are also our regular Angelenos, who basically shop at home. We really wanted the store to feel like a jewelry box showroom, so that the local customer can very quickly walk into the store and say, “That, that, that and that.” The time when Fred Heyman and women and men stood in a store for three hours is over. We wanted it to be easy and quick to shop, and really focused on the crème de le crème pieces.

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Who was the first celebrity you dressed?

The very first celebrity I dressed in Los Angeles under my own label was at a store called Lina Lee on Rodeo Drive. It was the early 80’s. I called and asked how things were going. They said, “One of our best customers came in.” She bought one of everything and she looked spectacular. You would love the way she looked.” They said, “It was Peggy Lipton.” I thought, “Peggy Lipton from ‘Mod Squad,’ my favorite person in the world?” Shortly after that I was messing around and we made a few men’s pieces. Tommy Perse of Maxfield bought them, but said he did not intend to sell them to men, but that women would buy them. Barbra Streisand bought it all.

What is your favorite fashion film?

I have two. The first is ‘Mahogany’. Besides the glamor and how amazing [Diana Ross] appearance, it was the fantasy when I was young about what a designer’s life would be like. But the reality is that there are a lot of things in there that are quite accurate. When she finishes the fashion show and just feels drained and drained – I know that feeling. The second would be ‘The Eyes of Laura Mars’. We shoot with it a lot [photographer duo] Inez, Vinoodh and I always say to them: “You are Laura Mars.” Again, you have the glamor in the film, but there is a lot of reality in it. Sure it has its campy moments, but I love the clothes.

Which celeb do you want to see in Michael Kors?

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Miley Cyrus has never worn Michael Kors! I just love her. I like her talent. I like her energy. Miley, come down!

What are you going to put her in?

I thought she was rocking Bob Mackie like nobody’s business, so I gotta get her as sexy and naked as possible.

See more photos from the Michael Kors dinner below.

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