Grunge is a hippied romantic version of punk. I want to thank all the women who have worn my clothes, the famous and the unknown, who have been so faithful to me and given me so much joy. Men don’t want another man to look at their woman because they don’t know how to handle it. The key to my collections is sensuality. I like the irony in my work.
I don’t really know how to do casual clothes. It’s sometimes said that I’m rebellious and I do things to push people’s buttons, but I just like the challenge. Brides today are increasingly sensitive to the tastes, feelings and finances of their attendants. I didn’t consider myself a fashion designer at all at the time of punk. I was just using fashion as a way to express my resistance and to be rebellious. I came from the country, and by the time I got to London, I considered myself to be very stupid. It was my ambition to understand the world I live in. Fashion should be fun. It shouldn’t be labelled intellectual.
You can hide so much behind theatrics, and I don't need to do that any more. Attitude is everything. Fashion is a very stressful place to work because of the demands of doing the shows – no one expects a writer to produce two books a year on the dot – but it's also a very toxic place to work. The market is like a language, and you have to be able to understand what they're saying. I don't really know how to do casual clothes.