Monday, January 25, 2010

In Loving Memory...of a dream not meant to be...

While writing this post my hands are shaky. I have debated should I or should I not be upfront about the situation. But as the season kicks off and the clock is ticking for the first, and slightly dreaded, interview where I'm asked about the new collection, where will I be showing etc, etc..

With some sorrow and some relief I confess that there will be no Paris this season. The decision, after ten collections, to let the train go, maybe for now, has been equally simple as it has been complex.

I have never complied with the industry standard but I did have some comfort in knowing that at least Paris was there. Season after season it gave me some normality in a rollercoaster ride of unpredictable excitement.

And as one mourns the loss of a dream, I am intrigued as to what the future beholds.

I know my best work is yet to come. It is when and how, which remains a mystery.


  1. The obvious take is that you are retreating, just for now, and considering. This sense of form and softness, art and craft together, is rare and wonderful. Your fashion sense is simply beautiful and these clothes should be seen and bought. Wisdom comes from moments of change and resolution. The hardness at retail is actual and there are fleeting moments of Less Bad. Azzedine's choices at different points in his life were as personal as the individual dresses he made for a very unique private clientele. Then he had arrangements with Miles for the knits and Chofflet for the sewn and I don't remember who did the leather and the rest. It wasn't large production and it worked very well, flocks of store buyers and photographers and models doing it for clothes. The things that you do will be your way but don't stop doing the things that you love. There was a moment when Vivienne Westwood didn't have the money for the grande show; Armani lent her his St Honore showroom. And then there's the story of John Galliano and the intercession by Ms. Wintour and lots of American money. Robert Duffy just wrote that in the twenty-six years of doing collections with Marc Jacobs, the first twenty were not always easy. Stepping back is not wrong; stopping would be.

  2. Ohhhh you are so kind… what great stories... I couldn't stop even if I wanted too..

    It is part of my DNA, a calling one can't resist.

    I'm just changing direction...I cannot compromise in quality, which is what most shops want me to do, so they can get a better price...

    Less and more beautiful things will come from this…(I hope...)

    One must be in love with the process and when too many people interfere to make it a successful business it turns into a burden and not a passion