Lace Bardot


Vanity is the healthiest thing in life. It's sometimes said that I'm rebellious and I do things to push people's buttons, but I just like the challenge. My customers are successful workingwomen. When I was young, I lived like an old woman, and when I got old, I had to live like a young person. I've always tried to push myself technically and to push myself visually. That's been part of the journey.

It's hard to balance everything. It's always challenging. I never look at other people's work. My mind has to be completely focused on my own illusions. I'd like to believe that the women who wear my clothes are not dressing for other people, that they're wearing what they like and what suits them. It's not a status thing. Women are more sure of themselves today. They don't have to emulate the way men dress. War taught me that not everything is glamorous.

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Never in my wildest dreams did I entertain the idea that I would become a fashion designer. Comfort is very important to me. I think people live better in big houses and in big clothes. Vanity is the healthiest thing in life. Fashion should be fun. It shouldn’t be labelled intellectual. I never look at other people’s work. My mind has to be completely focused on my own illusions.

I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes. 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. I have my favourite fashion decade, yes, yes, yes: ’60s. It was a sort of little revolution; the clothes were amazing but not too exaggerated. A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. I didn’t want to be a fashion designer, and for a good half of my career I didn’t like it. I always wanted to do other things.

You can't just buy things for the label – it's ridiculous. If I had the power, I would ban leggings. I think I'd go mad if I didn't have a place to escape to. I remember walking the dog one day, I saw a car full of teenage girls, and one of them rolled down the window and yelled, 'Marc Jacobs!' in a French accent. 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.


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