Men have got more of a discerning eye. They appreciate cut and details, things that aren’t so obvious. They like things that have cachet and gentlemanliness. It pains me physically to see a woman victimized, rendered pathetic, by fashion. I love the 2000s because everyone started to love haute couture. I adore the challenge of creating truly modern clothes, where a woman’s personality and sense of self are revealed. I want people to see the dress, but focus on the woman. Attitude is everything.

I’d like to believe that the women who wear my clothes are not dressing for other people, that they’re wearing what they like and what suits them. It’s not a status thing. Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity. Delete the negative; accentuate the positive! In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. Instead of buying six things, one thing that you really like. Don’t keep buying just for the sake of it.

Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable. I never like to think that I design for a particular person. I design for the woman I wanted to be, the woman I used to be, and – to some degree – the woman I’m still a little piece of. Men have got more of a discerning eye. They appreciate cut and details, things that aren’t so obvious. They like things that have cachet and gentlemanliness. Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.

Doing collections, doing fashion is like a non-stop dialogue. My aim is to make the poor look rich and the rich look poor. Fashion to me has become very disposable; I wanted to get back to craft, to clothes that could last. I love to design things that people can actually buy. I’m staggered by what a boot costs today. When I was young, I lived like an old woman, and when I got old, I had to live like a young person.

I get ideas about what’s essential when packing my suitcase. Fashion to me has become very disposable; I wanted to get back to craft, to clothes that could last. Luxury will be always around, no matter what happens in the world. I like the things around me to be beautiful and slightly dreamy, with a feeling of worldliness. I adore the challenge of creating truly modern clothes, where a woman’s personality and sense of self are revealed. I want people to see the dress, but focus on the woman.

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