Q. What's your inspiration for your designs and what models and photographers are your favs?
Inspiration first! Usually something that comes from art and design in general, it's been quite thematic in general. It's been perfume bottles, eighteenth century portraiture, interiors. But it's always been subverted in some way - the perfume bottle shaping a woman's body; interiors taken from fashion photography but putting it on the woman rather than around her. There's something about it that's design-lead, very visual. It's not nature directly, it's filtered through design.
As for models and photographers... I can start with the obvious, Nick Knight! But it's true. There's a broad range of photographers I like - some more digitised and contained and restrained, and some more natural. Nick Knight, Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton... all the iconic ones. On the last collection, Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton. All the icons! But they were the starting point of the collection, they're not photographers who always inspire but they did last season. As for models... current models, Freja and Raquel are both great, they both have a really strong look. Coco as well. And from the past, I think you have a shoot in mind. I remember Penelope Tree in her iconic photographs, and the Supermodels.