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. You can hide so much behind theatrics, and I don’t need to do that any more. Today, I’m very happy about myself, because I realized my dreams. I learned how to understand what people want. I’m an accomplice to helping women get what they want. Nostalgia is a very complicated subject for me. I’m attracted by nostalgia but I refuse it intellectually.
We look our best in subdued colors, sophisticated cuts, and a general air of sleek understatement. 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. Success isn’t about the end result, it’s about what you learn along the way. I’ve always tried to push myself technically and to push myself visually. That’s been part of the journey. 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.
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. My breakfast is very important. It should be natural, and that’s how I like women to look. I like them to feel comfortable and look organic. I am no longer concerned with sensation and innovation, but with the perfection of my style. 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.
You have to stay true to your heritage; that’s what your brand is about. My relationships with producers or photographers – these are relationships that took years. I’ve always tried to push myself technically and to push myself visually. That’s been part of the journey. 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 always loved aesthetics. Not particularly fashion, but an idea of beauty.