What were some of the obstacles you faced when going out on your own?
To be able to fund the launch of a new collection has been the biggest struggle.
Has there been a moment where you felt you had made it or just really proud?
Well, my first runway show was an incredible moment of emotion and pride, as it was being
announced as one of the ten finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. I still can’t believe it!
You make some amazing shoes- Tell us about how they fit into your collections.
I was always a shoe designer so it feels natural for me to complete the look with our shoes.
Who is the Giulietta woman?
She’s modern but nostalgic, aware of her sensuality but without the need to reveal too much.
What women inspire you? Do you have muses?
I’m inspired by many different types of women: from my mother to the Italian ladies from the south, from the beautiful girls I see everyday walking down the streets of New York to the great icons of the 60’s. To name a few of my muses: Monica Vitti, Sofia Loren, Catherine Deneuve and Veruschka.
What does style mean to you?
Timeless and effortless.
Which other designers inspire you?
The great French and Italian designers of the 1960’s: Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy and Valentino Garavani.
What is on your moodboard for your Spring ’13
How do you sum up your own style philosophy?
Ironic, nostalgic, modern.
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
A painter probably!