Delete the negative; accentuate the positive! You’re only as good as your last collection, which is an enormous pressure. I love to design things that people can actually buy. I’m staggered by what a boot costs today. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress. My dresses are very reasonably priced, for dresses that are cut on the body.
There are always protests, whether you do something good or bad. Even if you do something beneficial, people say you do it because it’s advertising. Sometimes incompetence is useful. It helps you keep an open mind. Fashion is a very stressful place to work because of the demands of doing the shows – no one expects a writer to produce two books a year on the dot – but it’s also a very toxic place to work. 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. Sometimes incompetence is useful. It helps you keep an open mind.