>> After applying for and receiving a marriage license two weeks ago, Michael Kors and his longtime boyfriend, Lance LePere, tied the knot yesterday in Southampton, New York. The private ceremony was officiated by Southampton Mayor Mark Epley on Dune Beach. "To marry someone as wonderful and special to me as Lance barefoot on a glorious beach is more than I could have dreamed of,” Kors said. No details on the honeymoon destination, however. [WWD]
Atwood is not the only designer heading for a wedding, now that gay marriage is legal in New York state. Michael Kors and longtime boyfriend Lance LePere, who first met in 1990 when LePere was a Kors intern (he's now a creative director at the label), applied for and received their marriage license yesterday at the Manhattan City Clerk's office. “Lance and I are very excited to finally be able to have the opportunity to marry in our home state after many years together,” said Kors. “We have no plans for a major party, but we will be getting married privately.”
>> Don't expect to see Michael Kors, who was creative director at Celine from 1999 to 2004, manning a French fashion house again soon. Although it was Paris where he and longtime boyfriend Lance LePere (who started working at Kors as an intern in 1990) fell in love, they shared meals at the Paris outpost of New York restaurant Joe Allen. “We could have quesadillas, they had cranberry juice,” Kors told New York. “I don’t know that either of us was really accepting the French lifestyle."
Once, as Kors tells it, he walked out of the Bristol Hotel in Paris and saw a girl in a plain pair of trousers, a turtleneck, and slingback shoes; he thought: "Finally, a Frenchwoman I can relate to." He realized when she got closer it was his American friend, Aerin Lauder. “I never cottoned to the idea of people having this intimidation about Europe,” he continues. “Women say, ‘I wish I was French! They know how to tie scarves!’ ” He rolls his eyes. “Do we have the history and sophistication of Europe? No. But as much as everyone can sit in Paris and die over the experimentation, everyone is dying to take off their uncomfortable shoes, and they’re all wearing casual separates. Sportswear! American designers! I do feel a little responsible to be a flag-waver not just for what I do but for what American fashion stands for. Comfortable is not a dirty word.”