I think there is something about luxury – it’s not something people need, but it’s what they want. It really pulls at their heart. Women are more sure of themselves today. They don’t have to emulate the way men dress. My relationships with producers or photographers – these are relationships that took years. 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. Awkwardness gives me great comfort. I’ve never been cool, but I’ve felt cool. I’ve been in the cool place, but I wasn’t really cool – I was trying to pass for hip or cool. It’s the awkwardness that’s nice.
People said making clothes inside out was not proper. I disagreed, because clothes that are inside out are as beautiful as a cathedral. I love the 2000s because everyone started to love haute couture. It’s sometimes said that I’m rebellious and I do things to push people’s buttons, but I just like the challenge. Doing collections, doing fashion is like a non-stop dialogue. Fashion is to please your eye. Shapes and proportions are for your intellect.
I’m a fashion designer and people think, what do I know? Age is something only in your head or a stereotype. Age means nothing when you are passionate about something. If you cut a painter’s hands off, he’d still feel the urge to pick up a brush. I love a black wedding dress. We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.