It’s going great, I’m excited, it’s probably what I’m working, after Peoples Revolution, the most on right now. We’re opening in February 2013. We have three stores in New York; we’ve been planning all the seasons and what we’re going to open with and all the different inspirations.
What’s inspiring the you at the moment?
Helmut Newton-meets-Rocky Horror-meets pop art. We’re not using any real leather which I’m really happy about, so the whole line’s cruelty free, not to the inventors or the people who work there but to the animals. [Laughs]
How do you feel about all of the recent criticism of the fashion industry, like about model health and the format and scheduling of fashion week and runway shows being antiquated…
They’ve been saying that for 10 years just so you know. Fashion people bitch about the same stuff over and over again. The models are too skinny, there are too many shows; nobody has any money; how much longer dow we have to do this; nobody buys anything by watching a fashion show.
There are a lot of rituals that fashion people do when they have money and they have a real brand. A fashion show is one of the few times, with the exception of when the model’s out on the catwalk ‘cuz she can fall, that a brand is in control of their image.
Is there anything you think should change about fashion shows?
If you really want to get me talking about fashion shows, why aren’t people paying to be on the media riser? Why are fashion designers content providers and what’s happening to that content? Who’s policing the content? You don’t think somebody who’s shooting on the end of a media riser is selling that content to to a 7-up billboard in Ginza? The music industry has a publishing company. They found out that people were playing artists’ music on the radion and they said, ‘you have to pay the artist,’ but there’s nobody monitoring whats happening to all these fashion images that are created.
Would you ever want to have your own reality show again?
I don’t know if I want to do a reality show again. I’m into television for sure and I’m working in TV a lot now; I’ve been on Dr. Phil and I might like to have a talk show. I think that would probably be a good thing for me to do. I think it’d be really fun to talk about real women’s issues and things that are going on in the world.
What else do you want to do this year?
You don’t want to be so busy that you don’t get to enjoy the things that you’ve worked so hard to buy, so for me that’s like being a really good mom and making sure that Ava does her homework and that I get to use my house upstate a little bit so I’m not just like, “ahh I gotta drive upstate I gotta enjoy my house whaa oh my god it’s sunday night I gotta come back!” I’d like to be one of those people that can like take a month and work from their house upstate. I haven’t gotten that far yet, so I’m trying to do that. I’ll be shooting Top Model again in L.A., so I might become LA-ified. Maybe I’ll dye my tips blond or something. Maybe get some colored streaks.
Stop wearing black?
No I can’t stop wearing black. I’ve tried; it doesn’t work.