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. Fashion is a very stressful place to work because of the demands of doing the shows – no one expects a writer to produce two books a year on the dot – but it’s also a very toxic place to work. I don’t like trends. They tend to make everybody look the same. I always say: To be well dressed you must be well naked. I can design a collection in a day and I always do, cause I’ve always got a load of Italians on my back, moaning that it’s late.
Delete the negative; accentuate the positive! My job is to bring out in people what they wouldn’t dare do themselves. My aim is to make the poor look rich and the rich look poor. Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury. If I had the power, I would ban leggings.
Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it. I like the irony in my work. Sometimes the simplest things are the most profound. We live in an era of globalization and the era of the woman. Never in the history of the world have women been more in control of their destiny. Fashion never stops. There is always the new project, the new opportunity.