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 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 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 hate to sound esoteric, but there is something about a house that leads you to that one chair, that one corner, where you just sit and feel comfortable.
All the Tauruses I know have this connection to the earth and the environment. We are very curious people, very loyal, very aware of and respectful of our surroundings. Also, we're stubborn, but that's our way. We understand what we want, which is not bad.
I hope the average woman feels she needs practicality but with a little bit of fantasy. Otherwise, it's just not fashion.
My love of fashion stemmed from my mother's passion for it.
I don't love reading so much, but I love book shopping.
I came to New York when I was 21, 22. I couldn't speak English. I knew I wanted to go to fashion school.
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 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].
I never liked sleeping; I always think I am missing something.
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.
I cannot live without art: it excites me, it challenges me, and it leads me to the next thing.
I drape a lot. I cut. I have to touch. For me, it's almost impossible to start without that.
I do go back to Brazil once a year. I miss my family.
If you have beautiful knees, show your knees. I'm not a puritan. I love skin.
My parents had a factory, so I was linked to the textile and fashion industry.
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.
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