What else do you like to do apart from designing clothes?
I like to wander the streets at night. It’s about escaping and dreaming at the end of the day.
Do clothes help people reveal themselves or hide themselves?
Hide, but it’s a duality: You hide but try to make yourself beautiful.
Are you interested in making clothes that are sexy?
Yes, but for me at the moment, a woman’s manly side is what’s sexy. And I’m not talking about androgyny. I think that a woman standing strongly, fighting to be desired, is very sexual.
What’s the most womanly thing about you?
My hands. But other people might say my dreamy, romantic side.
You talk about your collections as a book. What was this latest chapter?
The Ackermann woman was always in the shadows—it was always kind of dark. But I’m going through a good period in my life, and there is a nonchalance where the clothes are less strangled, more relaxed.
What are you so happy about?
I may be in love.
Is the Ackermann woman a woman in love?
Well, this season she decided to commit a small act of violence by showing that she exists—by wearing bright colors.
Why do you call that violence?
To show yourself is rather violent. But while she is in the light, she can be silent. It’s like a Visconti movie: hardly any words but a presence.
In Visconti movies, people suffer but look fantastic doing it.
Those are two important aspects of life. We have heavy hearts sometimes, but we still want to be desired.