Luxury will be always around, no matter what happens in the world.

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I am convinced that you don’t need to spend a fortune to look like a million. I’ve treated the waistcoat as if it were a corset, so that it becomes the first layer in the process of putting clothes on the body. There is constant motion between layering and revealing. 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 am never satisfied with myself and that is what keeps me going – I have no post-satisfaction. Jeans represent democracy in fashion.

The only way to do something in depth is to work hard. Sometimes the simplest things are the most profound. I get ideas about what’s essential when packing my suitcase. My customers are successful workingwomen. I’m a fashion designer and people think, what do I know?

I couldn’t love a woman who inspired me to be totally disinterested. If I fell in love with a woman for an artistic reason, or from the point of view of my work, I think it would rob her of something. An evening dress that reveals a woman’s ankles while walking is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen. It’s hard to balance everything. It’s always challenging. I love to design things that people can actually buy. I’m staggered by what a boot costs today. I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern, very now – no one wears head-to-toe designer anymore.

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