It pains me physically to see a woman victimized, rendered pathetic, by fashion. I never like to think that I design for a particular person. I design for the woman I wanted to be, the woman I used to be, and – to some degree – the woman I’m still a little piece of. I adore the challenge of creating truly modern clothes, where a woman’s personality and sense of self are revealed. I want people to see the dress, but focus on the woman. I feel that things happen for a reason and open up new opportunities. I have my favourite fashion decade, yes, yes, yes: ’60s. It was a sort of little revolution; the clothes were amazing but not too exaggerated.
I want to thank all the women who have worn my clothes, the famous and the unknown, who have been so faithful to me and given me so much joy. Beauty is perfect in its imperfections, so you just have to go with the imperfections. Attention to detail is of utmost importance when you want to look good. It’s really easy to get colors right.
It’s really hard to get black – and neutrals – right. Black is certainly a color but it’s also an illusion. I am never satisfied with myself and that is what keeps me going – I have no post-satisfaction.
I can’t get sucked into that celebrity thing, because I think it’s just crass.
The key to my collections is sensuality. Beauty is perfect in its imperfections, so you just have to go with the imperfections. I’m a fashion designer and people think, what do I know? You have to always work against what you did before, and even against your taste. Design is a series of creative choices – it’s a collaborative effort, an evolutionary process. You choose your fabrics depending upon what you want to say, then you work with mills to get those fabrics. Through the process, you realize what you want it to be.