It pains me physically to see a woman victimized, rendered pathetic, by fashion. I never like to think that I design for a particular person. I design for the woman I wanted to be, the woman I used to be, and – to some degree – the woman I’m still a little piece of. I adore the challenge of creating truly modern clothes, where a woman’s personality and sense of self are revealed. I want people to see the dress, but focus on the woman. I feel that things happen for a reason and open up new opportunities. I have my favourite fashion decade, yes, yes, yes: ’60s. It was a sort of little revolution; the clothes were amazing but not too exaggerated.
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Go to a place where you’re not going to be stressed, because a honeymoon itself can be a stressful thing. You have to stay true to your heritage; that’s what your brand is about. I have my favourite fashion decade, yes, yes, yes: ’60s. It was a sort of little revolution; the clothes were amazing but not too exaggerated. I remember walking the dog one day, I saw a car full of teenage girls, and one of them rolled down the window and yelled, ‘Marc Jacobs!’ in a French accent. Fashion should be fun. It shouldn’t be labelled intellectual.
Elegance isn’t solely defined by what you wear. It’s how you carry yourself, how you speak, what you read. Fashion to me has become very disposable; I wanted to get back to craft, to clothes that could last. I didn’t like the ’80s at all; it was a vulgar moment of fashion. I’ve always thought of the T-shirt as the Alpha and Omega of the fashion alphabet. Online media is increasingly influential in fashion.
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It’s hard to balance everything. It’s always challenging. I have a fantastic relationship with money. I use it to buy my freedom. A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes. The market is like a language, and you have to be able to understand what they’re saying. First I made a dress because I was pregnant and I wanted to be the most beautiful pregnant woman. Then I made a sweater because I wanted to have one that wasn’t like anyone else’s.
A woman has the age she deserves. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress. Fashion is a very stressful place to work because of the demands of doing the shows – no one expects a writer to produce two books a year on the dot – but it’s also a very toxic place to work. Age is something only in your head or a stereotype. Age means nothing when you are passionate about something. I don’t care about money. I really don’t care. I just want to do what I do.
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People said making clothes inside out was not proper. I disagreed, because clothes that are inside out are as beautiful as a cathedral. I think I’d go mad if I didn’t have a place to escape to. You can only go forward by making mistakes. Doing collections, doing fashion is like a non-stop dialogue. I remember walking the dog one day, I saw a car full of teenage girls, and one of them rolled down the window and yelled, ‘Marc Jacobs!’ in a French accent.
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Grunge is a hippied romantic version of punk. I love the 2000s because everyone started to love haute couture. Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. My shows are about the complete woman who swallows it all. It’s a question of survival. Sometimes the simplest things are the most profound.
First I made a dress because I was pregnant and I wanted to be the most beautiful pregnant woman. Then I made a sweater because I wanted to have one that wasn’t like anyone else’s. Comfort is very important to me. I think people live better in big houses and in big clothes.