I didn't want to be a fashion designer, and for a good half of my career I didn't like it. I always wanted to do other things. I love things that age well - things that don't date, that stand the test of time and that become living examples of the absolute best. I design from instinct. It's the only way I know how to live. What feels good. What feels right. What is needed. Give me a problem and I will approach it creatively, from my gut. It's really easy to get colors right. It's really hard to get black - and neutrals - right. Black is certainly a color but it's also an illusion. Dressing up. People just don't do it anymore. We have to change that.
I'm an accomplice to helping women get what they want. I'm a fashion designer and people think, what do I know? Age is something only in your head or a stereotype. Age means nothing when you are passionate about something. Awkwardness gives me great comfort. I've never been cool, but I've felt cool. I've been in the cool place, but I wasn't really cool - I was trying to pass for hip or cool. It's the awkwardness that's nice. I was the first person to have a punk rock hairstyle.