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. Luxury will be always around, no matter what happens in the world. I think I’d go mad if I didn’t have a place to escape to. I love my beauty. It’s not my fault. The great thing about fashion is that it always looks forward.
Comfort is very important to me. I think people live better in big houses and in big clothes. My customers are successful workingwomen. I sometimes feel that a pattern is almost a fashion statement in itself. 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. 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.
It is not easy to dress well. 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 think it’s the responsibility of a designer to try to break rules and barriers. 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. Fashions fade, style is eternal.