I love hearing stories about Central Saint Martins. When did you graduate and who were some of your classmates? Any scoop?
I graduated in 2005, I had some very talented classmates who now have very good jobs in the industry. Saint Martins is a great place to study. It’s a very competitive environment but really great if you are prepared to work hard.
For your current S/S 2011 collection, your inspiration was Gustav Mahler’s “Song of the Earth.” Are you always inspired by music and how do you choose your inspiration?
Who are some of the designers that you personally admire?
I admire Yves Saint Laurent a lot. He was so talented and fragile at the same time, with an impeccable taste. He loved art, music and literature, and he influenced the way we dress today probably more than anyone else. I also admire Coco Chanel for building an empire out of nothing but her sheer determination and talent. Her elegance was unparalleled. It proves that it does not matter where you come from but what you decide to do with your life. I also love Cristobal Balenciaga for his pure, architectural couture; restriction sometimes shows more passion than permissiveness.
What has been the proudest moment in your career so far?