What was the last thing you saw that blew your mind or shocked you in fashion?
It’s a little hard to be shocked by anything, but certainly things amaze me, when I see things which are really beautiful. Like when I look at some of the things by Phoebe Philo for Celine, or by Haider Ackerman or by Rick Owens or those Givenchy shoes in Paris at the couture collection. I love going on Showstudio, because there’s always something interesting to see there. It’s so creative and I’ve become more and more obsessed with fashion films. I love the Prada one with the psychiatrist, A Therapy. I was watching so many and very few of them were really good and I saw that one and I thought, that’s wonderful!
There are definitely some people in the industry who are pushing the boundaries now, is there any one specific person that you think will go far in the future in terms of presenting new ideas and doing things that we haven’t seen before?
Gareth Pugh has been very interesting in what he’s done, both with his clothes and with working on fashion films. I think he’s very, very talented and we’ve definitely started to collect things of his for the museum.
You’ve done an exhibition in the past about Japanese fashion, what excites you so much about Japanese fashion?
Well in the 80′s I was totally into Japanese fashion, Comme des Garçons and Yojhi and at that point it really was strange. I mean, people really didn’t understand what you were wearing with these big, black, asymmetrical, oversized clothes. But when I did the show a couple of years ago I was trying to get people to get over that and say yeah the 80′s were great, but what are the Japanese doing now?
You mentioned street style, what’s your opinion on the whole street style craziness that exists now?
You mean with everyone being photographed? It’s a very interesting phenomenon and I think it’s good for fashion, that people are dressing up to be seen and to be photographed. I think that in order for fashion to flourish, you really need to have a culture where people are performers and also sort of knowledgable observers and connoisseurs.
So, are you the type to dress up every morning?
Unless I’m depressed! I like clothes…I love clothes of course. I probably have a more uniform style than a more creative style.
Right, and that works for so many people, like Kim Hastreiter of Paper. She definitely has her own form of a uniform and a lot of people have found a way of dressing that works for them. Is there anyone that stands out to you in terms of their look that you admire?
Well, Daphne. I mean, I admire Daphne Guinness, I think she’s the most extraordinary fashion icon in the world today. I like the way Carine Roitfeld looks, I like Emmanuelle Alt–she’s got a great look, too.