What’s the inspiration behind your Spring 2011 collections that are at Nordstrom today?
“For ready-to-wear, I went back to my family’s roots in Alabama. There’s something very feminine about the way my mother used to dress when I was little. Very delicate floral prints, great silks. There was just an ease and flowy-ness to it and during that time. So, that’s where I pulled [inspiration] from for the clothes. For the footwear, I just wanted to create something that was really fun with bold colors. And for the jewelry, I did feathers and coins, things like that.”
Have you been to San Francisco before and, if so, what do you do when you’re here?
“I actually spend a lot of time here and I love it. I went to Pier 23 before I came here to Nordstrom. I have a few friends that live here and we just hang out and eat sushi and go shopping. It really depends.”
Danielle Steel was just quoted as saying that San Francisco has no style. From just looking around when you visit, do you agree with that?
“I really appreciate anyone who owns their style, no matter what city they live in. I have an appreciation for anyone who is able to express themselves through fashion.”
“I’m the most excited when I see an everyday working, multi-tasking woman on the street wearing my stuff. That, to me, is the exciting: To see one of my customers who I design for actually wearing what I designed and enjoying it.”
Although you’re a celebrity yourself, is there any other celebrity that you would love to see wearing your clothing?