In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. You can hide so much behind theatrics, and I don’t need to do that any more. Vanity is the healthiest thing in life. I was the first person to have a punk rock hairstyle. I’m an accomplice to helping women get what they want.
Sometimes the simplest things are the most profound. It is difficult to talk about fashion in the abstract, without a human body before my eyes, without drawings, without a choice of fabric – without a practical or visual reality. I never look at other people’s work. My mind has to be completely focused on my own illusions. You cannot be creative with people around you. I am always locked in my design studio.
Grunge is a hippied romantic version of punk. Delete the negative; accentuate the positive! My job is to bring out in people what they wouldn’t dare do themselves. I’m used to always deciding everything myself. It’s a blessing, but also a terrible defect. I am especially grateful that I have been able to keep my own style over the decades, in spite of the many changes that have taken place in the world of fashion and in its business.