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 love to design things that people can actually buy. I’m staggered by what a boot costs today. The only way to do something in depth is to work hard. If you cut a painter’s hands off, he’d still feel the urge to pick up a brush. A lot of self-importance goes on in the fashion industry. I’m not like that.
Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them. I always loved aesthetics. Not particularly fashion, but an idea of beauty. Fashion should be fun. It shouldn’t be labelled intellectual. I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern, very now – no one wears head-to-toe designer anymore. Attitude is everything.