What’s the first thing you teach your students?
To make bold design decisions. You must also be brave enough to take risks in fashion. Almost like jumping off a building and constructing your wings on the way down.
What’s the most important style lesson you have learned?
Vivienne Westwood said to me once at a party: “When in doubt… wear it all. It’s always better to be the life of the party, instead of a wallflower.”
What’s your approach to accessorizing?
“Wear what you mean!” is my motto. Fashion is a language. Accessories are the exclamation points in your conversation with style.
Who’s your favorite accessory designer?
Jimmy Choo, Walter Van Beirendonck and Viktor & Rolf (in that order).
What inspired your look today?
Philippe Model court shoes complement my “Harpsichord-playing, Baroque Gay Vampire Look.”
—Interview and photgraph by Isa Giallorenzo.