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London Calling

Just touched down in London town: The new Michael Kors Collection store is officially open on Old Bond Street in Mayfair. Although the word “store” doesn’t fully do it justice. Wreathed inside and out in masses of pink roses and peonies, the elegant, six-floor Georgian townhouse—the first Michael Kors concept of its kind—is so much more than just a brick-and-mortar retail location. Inspired by Michael’s own homes in New York City and Florida, the space was designed to resemble more of a luxury residence than a boutique. “I want it to feel very personal,” says Michael. “For people to feel as if they are entering my home.”

“There is no other store in the world that will look like this.”

— MICHAEL KORS

Large windows on the ground floor showcase an open layout reminiscent of the area’s art gallery days. Inside, refined materials such as oxidized maple wood, gold Calacatta marble, blackened steel and concrete are juxtaposed against soft, textural accents like leather and linen—all rendered in a clean, neutral palette. To make things even more interesting, Kors conceived each of the floors to play off one another. While the ground level features wooden floors, concrete walls and marble shelves, the first floor flips the perspective with wood ceilings, concrete floors and marble walls. The store also stays true to the site’s London roots: the classical Georgian façade, antique brass fixtures and original fireplaces honor the building’s history, as well as the charm and refinement of Old Bond Street.

“In all of my homes, I always try to have this balance that I call warm modernism.”

— MICHAEL KORS

To mark the opening, a stylish mix of models and fashion insiders joined Michael for an intimate cocktail party inside the townhouse. Guests including Caro Daur, Jessica Kahawaty, Amelia Windsor and Hana Cross sipped Champagne while they toured the store, taking in the Eero Saarinen womb chairs, photographs by Bruce Burnbaum and modernist paintings by John O’Hara.

Following cocktail hour, the party migrated to Beck at the iconic Brown’s Hotel for a private seated dinner. Surrounded by pink peonies, with a signature pink cocktail to match, Michael and guests were joined by Kate Moss, Gemma Chan, Naomie Harris, Sonam Kapoor, Jourdan Dunn, and more to ring in the night. The festivities came to a close with the crowd on their feet as a London-based gospel choir serenaded the audience with renditions of “Love Train” and “Happy”—a fitting end to an enchanted evening.