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 think it’s the responsibility of a designer to try to break rules and barriers. Online media is increasingly influential in fashion. We look our best in subdued colors, sophisticated cuts, and a general air of sleek understatement. I like the things around me to be beautiful and slightly dreamy, with a feeling of worldliness.
I do not have one theme for each season, I just try to make beautiful clothes all year round. Men don’t want another man to look at their woman because they don’t know how to handle it. I sometimes feel that a pattern is almost a fashion statement in itself. I love my beauty. It’s not my fault. I am like a freight train. Working on the details, twisting them and playing with them over the years, but always staying on the same track.
Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future. Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable. I don’t like trends. They tend to make everybody look the same. A lot of self-importance goes on in the fashion industry. I’m not like that. Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.
I never look at other people’s work. My mind has to be completely focused on my own illusions. It’s useless to send models out on the runway to cry. I am not interested in the past, except as the road to the future. 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. What I hate is nasty, ugly people.