What are you most excited about for the coming season?
It’s one of those seasons where it’s a lot more wearable and a lot more individual than previous seasons. There was a lot of commentary about it not being a very exciting season, but from my point of view – as a woman and a retailer – it was one of the most exciting seasons we’ve had in a very long time because there’s a lot that’s wearable, easy to put together, and fun and upbeat. Designers each did their own thing very well, whether at Valentino where the lovely colour palette spoke to quite a playful mood; or Prada, which was the typical Prada mashup where you never know what you’re going to get every season but it comes together and looks amazing.
Have you ever bought into a collection just because you saw the designers wore their designs in a super cool way?
A brand I’m really proud of, that sold out in days, was Attico. They have these really beautiful long robe dresses that you can wear for evening, but they’re styling them with denim underneath or with loafers, making them wearable for day. It was started by two girls who are so cool themselves. Giorgia [Tordini] is polished and wears their stuff in a more straightforward, elegant way. Gilda [Ambrosio] is more edgy and wears the same dress with combat boots. The collection was really strong and the price points were very good, but having that duality in styling, so it wasn’t just eveningwear, made it more interesting.
We just launched Maggie Marilyn last September, her first collection out of university. I saw the collection, and she was wearing it all layered up in a very exaggerated way. That caught my eye beyond the individual pieces – seeing how she put it together.
Then there’s Alessandra Rich. She’s this Italian woman who’s a beautiful person and also super chic. She can wear just jeans and a sweater and look amazing. She’ll wear something from her collection and it’ll look like, oh I just slipped this on. And I love Rosie Assouline and her crew. They’ll wear amazing eveningwear with shredded jeans, and all look fabulous.