Even Michelangelo got paid for doing the Sistine Chapel. To those artists who say they’re doing it for the love of art, I say: Get real. I believe in comfort. If you don’t feel comfortable in your clothes, it’s hard to think of anything else. Luxury will be always around, no matter what happens in the world. Design and style should work toward making you look good and feel good without a lot of effort so you can get on with the things that matter. Online media is increasingly influential in fashion.
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. I didn’t want to be a fashion designer, and for a good half of my career I didn’t like it. I always wanted to do other things. Luxury will be always around, no matter what happens in the world. You have to stay true to your heritage; that’s what your brand is about. I do not have one theme for each season, I just try to make beautiful clothes all year round.