Attitude is everything. Fashion to me has become very disposable; I wanted to get back to craft, to clothes that could last. 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. If I had the power, I would ban leggings. I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern, very now – no one wears head-to-toe designer anymore.
I was the first person to have a punk rock hairstyle. I am not interested in the past, except as the road to the future. Those fashion designers are just crazy; but aren’t we all? I love to design things that people can actually buy. I’m staggered by what a boot costs today. I didn’t want to be a fashion designer, and for a good half of my career I didn’t like it. I always wanted to do other things.
Women are women, and hurray for that. My shows are about the complete woman who swallows it all. It’s a question of survival. I don’t like trends. They tend to make everybody look the same. When I was young, I lived like an old woman, and when I got old, I had to live like a young person. I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.
There are only three things I can do – make a dress, decorate a house, and entertain people. For me, the summer will be pure gray – mother-of-pearl gray, very pale gray. To me, this is the big statement for summer. Then we have light blue, light turquoise, lots of pink. Dressing up. People just don’t do it anymore. We have to change that. It’s sometimes said that I’m rebellious and I do things to push people’s buttons, but I just like the challenge. Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.