Design and style should work!

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 pains me physically to see a woman victimized, rendered pathetic, by fashion. I don’t like trends. They tend to make everybody look the same. It’s sometimes said that I’m rebellious and I do things to push people’s buttons, but I just like the challenge. We look our best in subdued colors, sophisticated cuts, and a general air of sleek understatement.

Attention to detail is of utmost importance when you want to look good. 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. Design and style should work toward making you look good and feel good without a lot of effort so you can get on with the things that matter. I am not interested in the past, except as the road to the future. I am always locked in my design studio.

Design and style should work toward making you look good and feel good without a lot of effort so you can get on with the things that matter. The great thing about fashion is that it always looks forward. Nostalgia is a very complicated subject for me. I’m attracted by nostalgia but I refuse it intellectually. What I hate is nasty, ugly people. 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.

Fashion fosters cliches of beauty, but I want to tear them apart. It’s useless to send models out on the runway to cry. Today, I’m very happy about myself, because I realized my dreams. I learned how to understand what people want. My breakfast is very important. I am never satisfied with myself and that is what keeps me going – I have no post-satisfaction.

I have an obsession with details and pattern. I’m a fashion designer and people think, what do I know? Those fashion designers are just crazy; but aren’t we all? Fashion never stops. There is always the new project, the new opportunity. Fashion is to please your eye. Shapes and proportions are for your intellect.

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