You’ve been the co-creative director for Oscar de la Renta and the founder of Monse for quite some time. How has working for both brands changed your perspective on the fashion industry?
I like seeing both worlds. When you work at one company, you can forget the needs of different customers. Something that works for the Oscar customer does not work for Monse and vice versa, which helps keep my mind open because I know there is no correct answer for everything.
How has the pandemic changed the way you relate to fashion and the arts?
The time that I spent alone helped remind myself why I love what I do. Prior to the pandemic, [fashion] had become a job to me, and I was becoming exhausted. I had forgotten how much I loved my work. I feel like I have fallen in love with it all over again.
Are there any hobbies or interests that have sustained you throughout the past year? Have they informed or inspired your design process?
I love to cook, read, and work out, all of which I sometimes didn’t have time for before the pandemic. It was such a luxury to be able to have the time to eat well and exercise. Feeling good is one of the most inspiring things to me.