The idea of seeing everybody clad the same is not really my cup of tea
For me, elegance is not to pass unnoticed but to get to the very soul of what one is.
In Italy, the Milanese are well organized but follow bourgeois taste. They adhere to certain codes of elegance, but not to individualism.
I think it's always difficult to reconcile the needs of art and business.
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.
The world needs some excitement from fashion.
Haute Couture should be fun, foolish and almost unwearable.
There are days when I'm completely depressed and able to do only one drawing
The exchange by e-mail is more intimate than conversation - you allow yourself to say things you otherwise wouldn't.
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.
French design hardly exists, except as artificial modernism.
We all look for lost time.
Italy is a divided country without a center.
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.
There's always some kind of hidden logic.
Fashion needs to be worn.
But the Milanese have made bad choices, bad fashion, and bad jewelry.
I look for friends who make me laugh.
If I was a fashion designer just following trends or designing for celebrities, I would not be fulfilled.
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.
The notion of time bothers me. You look at thirty-year-old photographs and realize how the time has passed.
Perhaps I shouldn't have been influenced by the idea that my name could be spread across the entire world.
I translated Beatles songs for my English class.
That was the idea behind glam clubs like Seven and The New Eve. You could eat and dance to live music. To enter you had to descend a grand staircase.
With the development of the Christian Lacroix house in Paris and my work notably for the theater, it wasn't serious doing things by half.
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