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Elegance isn’t solely defined by what you wear. It’s how you carry yourself, how you…

Elegance isn’t solely defined by what you wear. It’s how you carry yourself, how you speak, what you read. Women are women, and hurray for that. 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. 

When I was young, I lived like an old woman, and when I got old, I had to live like a young person. Delete the negative; accentuate the positive! Fashion should be fun. It shouldn’t be labelled intellectual. It’s really easy to get colors right. It’s really hard to get black – and neutrals – right. Black is certainly a color but it’s also an illusion. Fashion should be fun. It shouldn’t be labelled intellectual.

The pressed pigments (are you even allowed to call these eyeshadows?) are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. They don’t even look real at first. Running your finger over the glassy pans feels like touching silk, and running your saturated finger tips over your skin leaves behind trails of pure gold, shimmering opal, and vibrant red.

The Mothership V: Bronze Seduction palette has the warmest color scheme of the five releases, and even though this palette has some pretty intense shades, it was the one that felt the most ‘wearable’, and that I felt I could get the most use from on a regular basis.

DESIGN IS A CONSTANT CHALLENGE

Fashion is to please your eye. Shapes and proportions are for your intellect. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress. I have an obsession with details and pattern. Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future. Confidence. If you have it, you can make anything look good. Success isn’t about the end result, it’s about what you learn along the way. I am convinced that you don’t need to spend a fortune to look like a million. Grunge is a hippied romantic version of punk. I like the body. I like to design everything to do with the body. Fashion to me has become very disposable; I wanted to get back to craft, to clothes that could last.

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING

Even if I’m only creating these looks at 11pm to start out, it’ll be worth it to have an hour or so where I’m just able to have my mind on something other than how much work I have to do, or how tired I am. There is always an emotional element to anything that you make. I adore the challenge of creating truly modern clothes, where a woman’s personality and sense of self are revealed. I want people to see the dress, but focus on the woman. There is always an emotional element to anything that you make. Those fashion designers are just crazy; but aren’t we all? A woman has the age she deserves.

There are only three things I can do – make a dress, decorate a house, and entertain people.

War taught me that not everything is glamorous. Elegance isn’t solely defined by what you wear. It’s how you carry yourself, how you speak, what you read. I’ve treated the waistcoat as if it were a corset, so that it becomes the first layer in the process of putting clothes on the body.

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