N: No, it’s more the way we look at business. Susien is very finite and very pinpoint, and I’m very broad. I think that compliments each other. It’s not like one wants to paint canvases and one wants to crunch numbers. Maybe it would be nice if it was!
S: That’s probably what fascinates us so much about Yves and Pierre, the merging of creativity and business.
It seems you have a real connection with music. How does it inspire you?
N: I think there’s an energy that goes with music, and an image making. There’s a way it can change the direction of pop culture that really excites us. With music you can go discover an old Fleetwood Mac or Black Sabbath album and it can suddenly become your soundtrack for a month.
Where else do you draw inspiration?
N: Music, art and film inspire us probably more so than current collections and designers.
S: Definitely film–the story-telling aspect. At the end of the day, when you watch a film you are engaging so much in the narrative. When we produce a collection we feel we are telling a story and creating a character. I like to think of us as directors in that sense. Also, we have made a few short films for the brand and that has been really amazing but also really separate than creating the collection.
What’s on your mood board right now?
N: We tend to tap into something for a season and get so involved, then in a weird way it dies for us. Our recent collection was inspired Robert Altman’s The Three Women. We watched that film back to front, listened to the soundtrack, read essays about the film, and now when I see references to that film I’m so over it!
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to recently?
S: We really connected with London on a recent trip. I think it helps that it was sunny! We tapped into the energy of the city. When we travel we do lots of people watching, sitting in cafes and soaking in the energy of the city.
N: And London has an amazing heritage, whether it is from the ‘60s or the 1860’s. You don’t get that in Australia. It’s like that in New York too, those cobbled streets that have so much history. Australia is much more new and eager to soak up culture and history.
If you could dress anyone living or dead who would it be?
N: Stevie Knicks, Marianne Faithful, Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton. I think to be able to go back in time and dress them or even dress them now would be amazing.
S: We have such a long list of women that inspire us!
What’s next for LOVER–any exciting plans you can share?
N: We do have a couple things coming up, but we like to keep an air of mystery. We don’t like jinxing things.
S: We are very superstitious! There will be a teaser for our next collection online this week. One thing at a time.