I like femininity, not of the devout, but of the self-assured, cool and sophisticated kind.
I am convinced that there can be luxury in simplicity.
We look our best in subdued colors, sophisticated cuts, and a general air of sleek understatement.
If I had the power, I would ban leggings.
I think there is always a need for pure design. With pure design, you don't need so much decoration.
I feel very strongly that clothes that fit well make a person feel better. It's maybe half the value of the merchandise.
In the end, you can' t talk to everyone.
It may sound ambitious, but I really hope that modern design will spread all around the globe.
If you cut a painter's hands off, he'd still feel the urge to pick up a brush.
Life is full of challenges and surprises.
My approach has always been rather sensual.
One glass of water doesn't equal another. One may just appease the thirst, the other you may enjoy thoroughly. In Japan, people know about this difference.
I have a lot of fantasy.
Initially, it was the unpractical in fashion that brought me to design my own line. I felt that it was much more attractive to cut clothes with respect for the living, three-dimensional body rather than to cover the body with decorative ideas.
The '90s were extremely diverse, almost like a laboratory of the new century. There was much experimenting around, in politics, economics, gender and family structures, and also in fashion. There was a cloud of possibilities which kept us all dizzy.
I try as much as possible to give you a great basic product and what comes out, I feel, is really amazing.
The market is like a language, and you have to be able to understand what they're saying.
I sometimes feel that a pattern is almost a fashion statement in itself.
I feel that things happen for a reason and open up new opportunities.
I am convinced that you don't need to spend a fortune to look like a million.
Even as a child, I told my whole family how to improve their looks.
The apparent pointlessness of fashion may be just what makes it so strong as a zeitgeist sensor. Even I, a designer, do not know why a certain proportion feels dated or why another one feels exciting at a given moment. I leave that to the cultural historians and theorists.
It is not easy to dress well.
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