Coincidence is important, the convergence of different ideas.
Various different people have inspired me throughout my career. From Francis Bacon to Vassareli, Coco Chanel to Christian Dior, Cecil Beaton, musicians, architects... the list is endless.
For me, restrictions are not always negative. Restrictions can push creativity. I like restrictions.
My childhood was very, very, very, very traditional.
I love the journeys of research and discovery their development takes me on. I see prints as less 'decorative' than many might, and more fundamental to a garment's core.
I'm a very big fan of winter-flowering shrubs and bulbs. You have the smell, you have the color - it's really like a present from God when something like that is in flower in the middle of the snow.
All my collections are very personal. It's also because I'm so involved in making the collections.
I make clothes people can wear; I don't make art.
I'm part of the fashion system, but I don't want to follow all the rules. I don't want to be contrarian - I just want to do my own things, which are most honest and correct to do.
Fashion shows are really my way of communication.
I like to choose my own way forward. I really do want to create something that I personally like a lot.
I'm known for color and prints and embroideries.
In the design process, there's a need to be culturally comprehensive.
I like it when you have something happening by coincidence. Just something in a book is enough. But I prefer a fragment of an image so you are far more free to bring in elements of your own.
Sometimes, to stimulate your imagination you have to be careful you don't have too much information. You can Google something, and it's in your face, pow! You don't have time to dream any more about it.
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