scary. Usually, I like social
engineer better, but I am a designer. I have been
designing properly for four years, five years with the
birth of Imitation of Christ (which is something very
different, I feel it was more of a collective), and
then after the first year I did start to design and to
the first collections of ‘Imitation’ what
couture means to you?
yes. We did everything ourselves, all pieces hand sewn
and one of a kind.
will this couture collection be a one shot?
would love to get the support to do it properly, to do
it again. We will see what the future holds. At this
point, there are a lot of different possibilities.
There is a potential denim licensee agreement that I
have, that could move very quickly, and maybe making
denim could support doing couture. You know the old
Cassavetes style, you do one for them and one for you,
and one can serve the other. But right now I am looking
for backing and hopefully will get the support to
do things properly.
At this point, I have done things,
I have been the coolest kid in school, I have done it
all really avant-garde, it has been an incredible
experience, but I am ready to graduate. It is time to
move forward, but I want to keep on doing things a
little differently. I showed Spring/Summer when
everyone was showing Fall / Winter. It’s
creative expression, that’s the
way it makes sense. You don’t have to follow the
rules. In every other field I think people do that, and it
is celebrated. Breaking the mold is creating a new path and
doing something new that is hopefully inspiring. I have a
lot of students working for me for free. It would never be
possible without them, I am so grateful to all of them.
They are excited, and how great is it to be able to excite
people that are young and who are starting out? I think
that that is the future, right? I really do want to do this
and take it seriously. It is incredibly difficult, real
hard work, challenging, and fun.
there skeptisism about you coming to Paris to show
think it is difficult to come to Paris when you do not
follow the form. Like whenever you ask for something,
it is very important to say ‘s’il vous
plaît’ and ‘merci’. And to not
do that is basically giving them the finger, so really
I don’t mean to do that. We were not on the
calendar, and I’m just somebody that always does
things on very short notice. It’s because there
is a certain energy in doing something that when
everyone joins in, then it all comes together and
becomes like a splash.
you feel that you were expected you to prove yourself?
course. Because I think I am doing something that
people find offensive. They think I am making fun of
something that they work very hard at. It is
misinterpreted and confused, because I am not. I am
doing what I can with the means that I
have. I really don’t mean to offend anyone. I think
you put the ideas on the table, and you can take them or
leave them. I think it is more interesting if you look at
something than if you don’t. I’m trying to put
things out there, and collaborate with people with whom I
met and like. Collaboration is like a gift. When I do
something creative, I try to incorporate as many things as
possible and then it’s not me as much. I feel like,
in many ways, it’s like being able to incorporate a
lot of ideas that one wouldn’t see otherwise, like
struggling artists or whatever. Or even just to put people
together in itself, just in a different context. It’s
like one feeds the other in a way, you have Chloe Sevigny
or ... or people like that who are very celebrated, and
then you have people like, say, my brother, who is an
artist who just had his first group show in NY. It all
balances itself out. You try to put it all out there and
hope it will be noticed. I feel like almost eventually I
would love to create a kind of association for helping
young people with their ideas, and artists and
collaborators who can come and ... And also give people the
courage to do something then just do it. There are so many
people that want to wait for the perfect situation to do
something. The perfect situation will never happen. It is
never right. So, if you’re starting out, it’s
so important to just put it out there.
you think it is different to have that approach in
Paris than in the States, do you think they are more
open in France?