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. War taught me that not everything is glamorous. You have to always work against what you did before, and even against your taste. 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.
Dressing is a way of life. I love the 2000s because everyone started to love haute couture. Women are women, and hurray for that. 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.
You have to always work against what you did before, and even against your taste. I love things that age well – things that don’t date, that stand the test of time and that become living examples of the absolute best. Men don’t want another man to look at their woman because they don’t know how to handle it. I didn’t consider myself a fashion designer at all at the time of punk. I was just using fashion as a way to express my resistance and to be rebellious. I came from the country, and by the time I got to London, I considered myself to be very stupid. It was my ambition to understand the world I live in. I would like to be a one-man multinational fashion phenomenon.
Design and style should work toward making you look good and feel good without a lot of effort so you can get on with the things that matter. We look our best in subdued colors, sophisticated cuts, and a general air of sleek understatement. War taught me that not everything is glamorous. Nostalgia is a very complicated subject for me. I’m attracted by nostalgia but I refuse it intellectually. My customers are successful workingwomen.
Even Michelangelo got paid for doing the Sistine Chapel. To those artists who say they’re doing it for the love of art, I say: Get real. It pains me physically to see a woman victimized, rendered pathetic, by fashion. I don’t like trends. They tend to make everybody look the same. It’s sometimes said that I’m rebellious and I do things to push people’s buttons, but I just like the challenge. We look our best in subdued colors, sophisticated cuts, and a general air of sleek understatement.