The idea of seeing everybody clad the same is not really my cup of tea
In Italy, the Milanese are well organized but follow bourgeois taste. They adhere to certain codes of elegance, but not to individualism.
For me, elegance is not to pass unnoticed but to get to the very soul of what one is.
The world needs some excitement from fashion.
There are days when I'm completely depressed and able to do only one drawing
Haute Couture should be fun, foolish and almost unwearable.
Fashion needs to be worn.
People want to be in their own fashion tribes, so they want to wear the same clothes to be connected to everyone else in that tribe. But they want to be different from other tribes.
For me, haute couture is a necessity. I never would have done this job were it not for haute couture. It is a comfort, a security. I almost feel it is our duty to continue. Haute couture is France. We have to keep all the skills and craftmanship alive.
I think it's always difficult to reconcile the needs of art and business.
I look for friends who make me laugh.
Going out in Paris was like going out in the '30s dressed like the Andrews Sisters. It was everything I'd seen in books at my grandparents' house, only it was our generation.
I never loved the world around me as it was.
I am always anxious to know what has happened while I've been asleep.
The exchange by e-mail is more intimate than conversation - you allow yourself to say things you otherwise wouldn't.
If I was a fashion designer just following trends or designing for celebrities, I would not be fulfilled.
Perhaps I shouldn't have been influenced by the idea that my name could be spread across the entire world.
Since I was a child I've loved going to the opera, theatre and ballet.
There's always some kind of hidden logic.
They say that the best furniture and clothing design from the '50s and '60s is Scandinavian or Milanese.
Italy is a divided country without a center.
I am not nostalgic for the past.
I am still in love with couture because it is just two months from drawing pad to runway so everything on the catwalk is hot from the oven.
But some one will say that this supreme Being, who made all things, and those also who conferred on men particular benefits, are entitled to their respective worship.
But the Milanese have made bad choices, bad fashion, and bad jewelry.
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