I wanted to be involved with fashion, though I didn't know what being a designer meant.
I get so much inspiration from my travels, but I also started an exercise where I write down so many words every week. Then I begin crossing them off. We create a grid of words and also images, but words for me are more ample because you can interpret them your own way.
I don't listen to music when designing. We create in silence. I go through a torturous process because everything has to be precise and right.
When a sketch comes into this three-dimensional form and everybody contributes, it's really fantastic.
Each season I strive to design a forward-thinking and effortless collection with a very clean minimalist aesthetic.
My resolution is to make positivity, thankfulness and happiness my new mantra.
I hope the average woman feels she needs practicality but with a little bit of fantasy. Otherwise, it's just not fashion.
I just hate people who are lazy. To be on my team, you have to have energy and a sense of wanting to learn. That really excites me.
I came to New York in 1986. My father didn't think it was a good idea. I didn't know how I found it, but I went to Hunter College. I had no money and I couldn't speak English.
I don't love reading so much, but I love book shopping.
I never liked sleeping; I always think I am missing something.
I have no tolerance for boredom. I spend so many hours in the office, and I still love it.
I've reached a certain age where I love to work. I could just live here [at the studio].
Milan, for me, is a city of discovery. You can find some amazing gardens behind some great houses; I also love finding beautiful galleries and incredible shops, but you have to explore. And the food is amazing.
I do go back to Brazil once a year. I miss my family.
I'm not an artist. I'm a fashion designer of clothes.
People don't really go to museums in Rio. I shouldn't say it's not sophisticated, but, you know, they go to the beach.
My parents had a factory, so I was linked to the textile and fashion industry.
If you have beautiful knees, show your knees. I'm not a puritan. I love skin.
Being sexy is not about what's on show, it's all about suggestion, or insinuation. I'm interested in the way a garment hangs on a woman's body and the way it moves when she moves.
I drape a lot. I cut. I have to touch. For me, it's almost impossible to start without that.
I came to New York when I was 21, 22. I couldn't speak English. I knew I wanted to go to fashion school.
Brazil is not what you see but what you feel. Once you spend time here - a week, two weeks - you get in the vibe. It's really intoxicating.
My love of fashion stemmed from my mother's passion for it.
I cannot live without art: it excites me, it challenges me, and it leads me to the next thing.
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