I love a black wedding dress. I truly believe that philanthropy and commerce can work together. I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern, very now – no one wears head-to-toe designer anymore. I design from instinct.

It’s the only way I know how to live. What feels good. What feels right. What is needed. Give me a problem and I will approach it creatively, from my gut.

I’ve treated the waistcoat as if it were a corset, so that it becomes the first layer in the process of putting clothes on the body. There is constant motion between layering and revealing.

My dresses are very reasonably priced, for dresses that are cut on the body. I like the body. I like to design everything to do with the body. A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes. I like things simple. Delete the negative; accentuate the positive!

don’t try to be in fashion; I don’t try to follow trends. You just end up out of fashion that way. Fashion to me has become very disposable; I wanted to get back to craft, to clothes that could last. 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 wanted to dress the woman who lives and works, not the woman in a painting. Give me time and I’ll give you a revolution.

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it. I would like the people that buy my clothes to understand that for me it’s one small piece of art. I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes. I think it’s the responsibility of a designer to try to break rules and barriers.

I love a black wedding dress. 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 sometimes feel that a pattern is almost a fashion statement in itself. 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. You have to be luxurious nude. It’s difficult to move in the nude in front of a mirror. It’s much easier to move when you’re dressed. But if you can walk around in the nude easily in front of your man, if you can be luxurious in the nude, then you’ve really got it.

I am not interested in the past, except as the road to the future. I love to design things that people can actually buy. I’m staggered by what a boot costs today. Vanity is the healthiest thing in life. It is important to be chic. I have my permanent muses and my muses of the moment.