You’re only as good as your last collection, which is an enormous pressure.
I am convinced that there can be luxury in simplicity. Dressing is a way of life. The difference between style and fashion is quality. I’m a fashion designer and people think, what do I know? Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.
In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and clothes and even handbags, the discussion of fur is childish. I always loved aesthetics. Not particularly fashion, but an idea of beauty. Fashion fades, only style remains the same. I love a black wedding dress. What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today when human contacts go so fast. Fashion is instant language.
Doing collections, doing fashion is like a non-stop dialogue. My breakfast is very important. Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them. Go to a place where you’re not going to be stressed, because a honeymoon itself can be a stressful thing. We live in an era of globalization and the era of the woman. Never in the history of the world have women been more in control of their destiny.
It’s sometimes said that I’m rebellious and I do things to push people’s buttons, but I just like the challenge. 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. I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern, very now – no one wears head-to-toe designer anymore. Fashion never stops. There is always the new project, the new opportunity. My dresses are very reasonably priced, for dresses that are cut on the body.