Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them. My customers are successful workingwomen. I am what I am. Before I was not so proud to make fashion. My family thought fashion wasn't very interesting. So I hid that. 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. Doing collections, doing fashion is like a non-stop dialogue.
What I hate is nasty, ugly people. Beauty is perfect in its imperfections, so you just have to go with the imperfections. You can only go forward by making mistakes. Fashion is about dressing according to what's fashionable. Style is more about being yourself. I don't really know how to do casual clothes.
There has to be a balance between your mental satisfaction and the financial needs of your company. Don't dress to kill, dress to survive. I think it's the responsibility of a designer to try to break rules and barriers. It's a philosophy of life. A practice. If you do this, something will change, what will change is that you will change, your life will change, and if you can change you, you can perhaps change the world. My shows are about the complete woman who swallows it all. It's a question of survival.
Design is a series of creative choices - it's a collaborative effort, an evolutionary process. You choose your fabrics depending upon what you want to say, then you work with mills to get those fabrics. Through the process, you realize what you want it to be. I am never satisfied with myself and that is what keeps me going - I have no post-satisfaction. I do not have one theme for each season, I just try to make beautiful clothes all year round. I love the 2000s because everyone started to love haute couture. I have a fantastic relationship with money. I use it to buy my freedom.