I have my permanent muses and my muses of the moment.
My aim is to make the poor look rich and the rich look poor. You’re only as good as your last collection, which is an enormous pressure. Instead of buying six things, one thing that you really like. Don’t keep buying just for the sake of it. I still appreciate individuality. Style is much more interesting than fashion, really. We have got to change our ethics and our financial system and our whole way of understanding the world. It has to be a world in which people live rather than die; a sustainable world. It could be great.
There is always an emotional element to anything that you make. Go to a place where you’re not going to be stressed, because a honeymoon itself can be a stressful thing. There has to be a balance between your mental satisfaction and the financial needs of your company. Fashions fade, style is eternal. A woman has the age she deserves.
Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it. Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury. I’ve always thought of the T-shirt as the Alpha and Omega of the fashion alphabet. Money doesn’t buy elegance. You can take an inexpensive sheath, add a pretty scarf, gray shoes, and a wonderful bag, and it will always be elegant. Online media is increasingly influential in fashion.
Attitude is everything. It is important to be chic. I like the body. I like to design everything to do with the body. I am no longer concerned with sensation and innovation, but with the perfection of my style. Age is something only in your head or a stereotype. Age means nothing when you are passionate about something.
I didn’t consider myself a fashion designer at all at the time of punk. I was just using fashion as a way to express my resistance and to be rebellious.
What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today when human contacts go so fast. Fashion is instant language. There are always protests, whether you do something good or bad. It is important to be chic.
Online media is increasingly influential in fashion. I feel that things happen for a reason and open up new opportunities. I like the body. I like to design everything to do with the body. Even if you do something beneficial.
Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.
I’m an accomplice to helping women get what they want. I always thought what you wore underneath was as important as what you wear on top. I like to be real. I don’t like things to be staged or fussy. You can’t just buy things for the label – it’s ridiculous. 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.
Go to a place where you’re not going to be stressed, because a honeymoon itself can be a stressful thing. Jeans represent democracy in fashion. 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. War taught me that not everything is glamorous. Design is a series of creative choices – it’s a collaborative effort, an evolutionary process.
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