By and  on June 27, 2007

THE SIXTIES

"All the American clothes are wonderful — including the beach clothes, the at-home things."

"I am an optimist…but also a great, hardhead."

"Women of today have a duty to be soigné. They should be well made-up, absolutely wear lipstick — I detest women without lipstick — and be well coiffed, not running around with dangling straight hair as if they just finished a home shampoo."

"Unfortunately, I like to eat. I say unfortunately because I don't want to get fat, and in front of a good plate of tortellini alla crema, I can't resist."

"Americans are great with one who is successful. In no other place in the world do I feel like a king as I do there."

"But let me say, viva high fashion. High fashion will never die. The world is full of refined women who want it, who want to wear a label. It was good that so many ugly things have been made this last period, it helped high fashion to emerge brighter."

"I know that I am so much watched wherever I go that I have to also be very careful about the way I dress. And, of course, I can't be seen twice in the same outfit."

THE SEVENTIES

"I don't get involved with prices. I am too busy creating."

"I know within myself that what I do and design may or may not be accepted. But I feel what I do is right. Now that I have reached my equilibrium in fashion, my nervousness is turning to my private life. Just consider I have homes in New York, Rome and Capri to worry about, not to mention four female dogs searching for husbands."

"High fashion exists and will always exist for me. What I mean by high fashion is proportion and great style. Those who don't have these talents should drop out of the couture."

"I really want to make it evident that there is a great distance between rtw and high fashion. Young girls buy rtw, while women in their 30s and 40s can buy only in high fashion. This is the only way for them to look right."

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