It pains me physically to see a woman victimized, rendered pathetic, by fashion. We must never confuse elegance with snobbery. 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. 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. 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.
I like things simple. 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 can design a collection in a day and I always do, cause I’ve always got a load of Italians on my back, moaning that it’s late. Fashion to me has become very disposable; I wanted to get back to craft, to clothes that could last. Men don’t want another man to look at their woman because they don’t know how to handle it.