That is such a hard question.
I have such a long list. I would say Vauthier is my favorite for red carpet. If we ever want a big moment for our clients, we always look to him. He is also really good friends with Elizabeth, so he makes a lot of custom stuff for us and his pieces are gorgeous. Then I also love Wang, Nina Ricci, McQueen, OFF---WHITE, Jonathan Simkhai, Redemption too many to name.
In London at the moment I love Charles Jeffrey, his clothes have a real art and authenticity to them and he’s created a whole subculture that he’s attached to his brand. I also love Marta Jakubowski who makes really interesting color blocked pieces in the vein of Margiela and Ann Demeulemeester in the 90s, beautiful, conceptual pieces.
I really appreciate Nicolas Ghesquiere.
Did you get to work with him when you were with Marie Amelie Sauve?
Yes I worked on his first campaign for Louis Vuitton. He was very nice.
I think he's one of the reasons why I originally wanted to work in the fashion industry. One of the first collections that I saw was by him. I remember thinking that it was just a really interesting approach to fashion.
Then Prada, of course. More recently, I love Julien Dossena for Paco Rabanne. The last collection was really good. I love the image that they are giving to the brand. It’s new, modern, and interesting.
Are there any specific designers that are exciting to you right now?
I'm excited to see where Raf Simons goes and I think a lot of people have a really good idea. He's the key reason why I got into fashion in the first place. That was kind of my first really big jolt of fashion fashion not just like a Dolce and Gabbana dress on the cover of Vogue fashion. Also, I think Balenciaga is going to be exciting again. It's a lot of recycled ideas, but I think it's the kind of ideas that we need right now. There's not the kind of craziness that there was in the early 2000’s with John Galliano and in the 90’s with Margiela. I think that crazy, wild fantasy nonsense is kind of dead and I think that Vetements and Balenciaga are bringing it back and sticking with it. Yeah, maybe each collection is kind of similar but you're not going to see it anywhere else really and it’s inspiring a lot of people to think outside the box.
I'm excited to see Celine. I think it's been a little safe recently for whatever reason but honestly Phoebe Philo is probably the most talented designer alive right now.
Then I love Nicolas Ghesquiére. I love Louis Vuitton. I'll always be a die-hard fan but I also want that to be more exciting.
I love different designers for different reasons. For example, as an artist, John Galliano. I also really admire the late Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Azzedine Alaïa. But for more casual everyday basics, I love Isabel Marant, Saint Laurent, Joseph for leather trousers, IRO, and Alexander Wang. I also love the breezy, gypsy styles by Chloé and Bella Freud jumpers. Lately I’ve been really into collecting fun, cool pieces from these new street wear brands, such as Zoe Karssen, Être Cécile, Rotten Roach, Each x Other, and Daily Mekong. And finally, always Alaïa for heels.
The Mulleavy Sisters of Rodarte for the same reasons I love Joan Didion: They, as Californians, allow the landscapes of the state influence their creative processes and finished product. I also love Rei Kawakubo, Nicholas Ghesquiere, J.W. Anderson, Phoebe Philo. I could go on! Too many to choose!
Right now, I have a great love for JW Anderson; I have for a while now. I love everything that he does, menswear and women's wear. I think he pushes things out of where they have been and really progresses things each season. I also love Dries Van Noten’s menswear. I think there is such a richness to that brand, even their fabric manipulations, it is just a luxury that is starting to disappear from other brands. I think it is really still strong there.