I grew up surrounded by these tough, ballsy, strong women. They were also adoring women, but they were the kind of women who would argue over what kind of pants you were wearing or the color of your nail polish.
American women often fall into the trap of, 'Oh, these are my weekend clothes. These are my work clothes. This is what I wear at night.' It's so old-fashioned.
There are two kinds of designers: ones who are very happy locked in their office surrounded by their coterie. The last thing they need to do is to go to a trunk show; they'd go running for the hills. I not only enjoy it, I think, how do you design things that are applicable to life - unless you live it?
For me, true luxury can be caviar or a day with no meetings, no appointments and no schedule.
When I was a kid, I was trendier. I'd wear anything. I was in love beads and platforms.
The biggest lesson that I've learned is that fashion is this tightrope where you have to be consistent but inconsistent. You need the connective thread but at the same time you need a sense of surprise.
Give me Caviar Kaspia and give me a hamburger. I love the two extremes.
I think a lot of women have too many mini skirts in their closets.
Clothes are like a good meal, a good movie, great pieces of music.
I can sketch up a storm, and I'm very involved in how clothes are constructed, but I have a short attention span.
North Americans as a whole need to embrace having clothes altered to their body. I hear it all the time: why do the Europeans always look so good? They have a relationship with their tailor and spend the time and money to make their clothes look their best.
A man in a well tailored suit will always shine brighter than a guy in an off-the-rack suit.
People want to look taller and thinner. No one says, 'Ooh! Let me buy that dress because it makes me feel matronly!'