It's not my aspiration to appear on a reality show. That's the last thing I need in my life.
I don't get my inspiration from books or a painting. I get it from the women I meet.
You have to have talent to design and to dress thousands of women or millions of women around the world. And you know very well, the only thing they want is to look more beautiful.
The red carpet is very important. You have to be very careful to have the right person dressed in right way. For me, it has to be a perfect look.
Elegance isn't solely defined by what you wear. It's how you carry yourself, how you speak, what you read.
British and American women have very different styles and a different way of living.
When you live and work in different time zones, you spend a lot of time on airplanes.
Work doesn't seem to interfere with my life. I have time for everything, even time to be alone.
I have always loved trouser suits. It's something I absolutely believe in for women.
Fashion is not an investment. If you wear a dress and don't get many compliments, you won't wear it again. It's not like buying bonds.
The first painting that I realised I liked was 'The Garden of Earthly Delights' by Hieronymus Bosch, when I was six years old, at the Prado in Madrid. I still find myself returning there every time I'm in the city.
I am truly happy with what I've got. But if I could alter something, it would be my hands. I've never been satisfied with them – I would love longer fingers.
Politics are private. I don't understand people who try to convince you to join one party or another.
I was brought up with considerable discipline, and I was taught it wasn't proper to display certain very private emotions in public.
You have to deal with the fashion egos. You know, there is a lot. It shouldn't be treated that seriously because fashion is only making dresses to make women look beautiful. We're not inventing anything new.
I don't believe in naming clients to get press. I hated it when I was a couture client. If the dresses don't sell themselves, there is something wrong.
Life is hard. It is not too short, it is too long. But you have to learn how to live; you have to have a sense of humour.
I rarely go into a shop on holiday, because fashion and design are what I'm involved in every day. I need another world.
When you're wearing something you feel comfortable in, you move better. That's why the most important accessory you can have is a full-length mirror.
I love books; my suitcases are always full of them. Books and shoes. I read when I am sad, when I am happy, when I am nervous. My favourite British author is Jane Austen, and my favourite American one is John O'Hara.
Money doesn't buy elegance. You can take an inexpensive sheath, add a pretty scarf, gray shoes, and a wonderful bag, and it will always be elegant.
There's a tendency for designers to embellish the size of their business. I never lie.
It's important to find what really suits who you are, because style isn't only what you wear, it's what you project.
People get nervous accessorising, but there is nothing wrong with adding a belt or a pair of shoes in another colour.
I was schooled at home, then didn't go to university because I married when I was 17. I didn't go into work until late in my life.
Fashion is a dream. It's difficult, and there are many aspects of fashion that are very difficult, but if you love it like I do, because I really have a passion, now, for fashion, it's not easy, but nothing is easy in life.
Latinas who come to the U.S. should adapt, learn English and become a part of the community.
When I was living in Los Angeles, I always booked a moisturizing milk-and-honey massage the day before flying to Spain. It was heaven – I never got dry plane skin or felt stiff from sitting in one position.
Feeling good about yourself and your life is very important. I'm a happy woman, happy with my husband, my daughters, my grandchildren. We all get along quite well, and that keeps me centered.
Fashion is to please your eye. Shapes and proportions are for your intellect.
A man has to have sensibility, wit, mystery, tolerance, and strength… Romance also helps.
Fashion has always been a repetition of ideas, but what makes it new is the way you put it together.
My family – my husband, my daughters, my grandchildren, my great-grandchildren, all of them – are the most important thing in the world to me.
Don't wear excessive make-up as you grow older. Young women can wear whatever make-up they want, but if you are older, you will regret it.
I didn't long to be a designer. I always liked fashion, but it was always a bit sleeping in me.
A wedding dress is both an intimate and personal for a woman – it must reflect the personality and style of the bride.
When you do something that you like, and you think you can keep doing it, you don't think about retiring.
Unfortunately, there's a lot of confusion today over what is sexy and what is vulgar. It's horrifying. They say, 'Oh, that girl is so sexy,' and she turns around and the dress is four sizes too small. Or she's wearing so much stuff, you wonder how long it took her to get ready.
You wouldn't know it but I'm no good at… cooking. My chef does that.
I always remember my childhood house with happy memories. There was a beautiful garden, and outside my bedroom window was a jasmine vine which would open in the evenings, giving off a divine scent.
Thank God my hair is always the same. And I get dressed very quickly. I am not one of those people who spend three hours getting dressed. I never understood that. What do you do for the two and a half hours after the half hour it takes you to get ready?
I believe that you have to treat the people who work with you like your family.
We always know better than anybody else what looks best on us. Even if people are complimenting you, if you think, 'I hate what I have on,' it's not right.
There isn't a book that has changed me, but I have favourites such as 'Pride and Prejudice' which I often re-read.
You never expect anything when you are 20 because you think that you'll never get older.
I prefer clothes that are simple, well-cut, but with one major extravagance. Something with the sleeves, with the skirt, but nothing too fussy, too flashy.
We women manage to do many things at the same time. Men, no. Men do one thing at a time.
I've had work done on my eyes in the past. However, I think there are limits. I wouldn't ever have too much done, as it looks unnatural, and I don't think you should do anything to your lips, as it changes the entire shape of your face.
Sometimes you see women that don't realize that age is changing your style, and they don't change.
Age is something only in your head or a stereotype. Age means nothing when you are passionate about something.
Most people travel with a good book, but I also keep my agenda with me; I'll flip through the pages and take a few moments to organize my life a little – I rarely get the time to do this normally.
You feel very romantic when you're in a ball gown. Everyone should wear one once in a while.
I love white shirts because they feel like a security blanket. You can wear them with anything. It's the person and the way that they wear it that makes it different. I have been designing white shirts forever, but I don't get tired of it.
I am very shy. When I go to a charity ball, I don't mind if people look at my sleeves. I mind terribly if I have to say something.
You can be very feminine and be a leader. Christine Lagarde, she's very chic and she dresses very well, and she's a woman. And she has a lot of power.
Fashion should be fun. It shouldn't be labelled 'intellectual.'