What was your inspiration for the Galaxy dress?
I didn’t start off with an inspiration per se, but rather with a concept. I wanted to create something hyperfeminine, but with masculine touches. The fabric, the buttons, the leather belt – it is a complete juxtaposition in itself.
The Galaxy dress was designed in 2005 and has timeless appeal. What classic pieces should every woman have in their wardrobe?
I still believe a fitted dress is the most flattering thing a woman can wear – the definition of the silhouette is really seductive and tantalising. A jumpsuit is also essential, as it is modern and gives a woman more freedom.
Do you have a specific woman in mind when designing your collections?
I don’t use muses – for me, draping directly on to the female form is the only way to fully understand the potential of the silhouette. It gives the design movement, which is very important when designing for the modern woman.
What is your favourite London haunt?
The Wolseley in Mayfair. I’m a creature of habit, and this place allows me to indulge without ever feeling bored.
Where do you travel to for design inspiration?
I recently visited Istanbul and was blown away by the work coming from such a culturally rich country.
How would you define your own personal style?
Black shirts and khaki trousers take me from day to night.
What are the three most treasured pieces in your wardrobe?
My Robert Clergerie travel bag is like my best friend, with tough skin. Newbark slippers are the best for travelling, I can’t live without them. A jacket from my Mr by Roland Mouret menswear collection.
In November 2014, you opened a store in New York. Did this have an impact on the way you designed the SS15 collection?
America was my first ever market. I learned a lot through trunk shows around the country and interacting with my American customers – I have been to the shows there for over 10 years! My early success came from listening to the American women I was meeting and understanding their needs. Now, I don’t feel like there are specific regions or territories in fashion any more, although I do think American women stick to their roots. The American woman has a strong sense of where she comes from and is completely open-minded about what is happening around the world, fashion-wise.
What can shoppers expect inside the London flagship, and are there any exclusives?
8 Carlos Place is meant to be a home away from home for my customers. When designing the store, I wanted my customers to feel at ease and to give them a place where they are essentially immersed in my world. It houses my Signature collection – the only place in Europe where this is available – as well as my bridal collection.
What’s coming next for the label?
You’ll have to wait and see!