On the Collection:

 

TELL US ABOUT THE INSPIRATION FOR THE COLLECTION. I WAS TOLD SOMETHING ABOUT COSTUMES FROM ROMAN TIMES...
The styles are inspired by 18-century French court costumes and the opulent Rococo style embroideries used on many of the clothes from that time.

 

WHAT SPECIAL FABRICS AND EMBELLISHMENTS DID YOU USE?
The embroidery is all done by hand on black suede with gold or silver thread. The styles done with silver also have blue beads in the ‘Bleu de France,’ used in court costumes during that period.

 

THESE SHOES GIVE THE FEELING OF COUTURE. HOW MUCH WORK GOES IN TO MAKING EACH PAIR?
Each pair of shoes is made entirely by hand taking approximately 67 hours of work in total, combining the efforts of at least six people. The embroidery is the longest part of the process, taking about a week (approximately 42 hours) with the rest of the process requiring around 25 additional hours of work.

 

WHAT'S YOUR DESIGN PROCESS? DO YOU BEGIN WITH A MOOD BOARD AND MOVE TO SKETCHES?
I can only design my collections in familiar places, where I’m really able to concentrate.
Weather and light have a huge influence on me. For the winter collection, I go somewhere cool and to design the summer collection, I’m happy to go places where it’s warm. It's easier for me to be into, you know, sandals and light things instead of thinking about boots lined with fur when it's 45 degrees outside.

 

I begin by drawing, not necessarily with a particular idea in mind. It’s the pleasure of drawing itself that brings me ideas, especially for anything having to do with curves and shapes.
Then, after the prototypes are made, I go to the factories in Italy to work with the artisans and refine them.

On Women in Shoes:

 

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR A WOMAN TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A PAIR OF HEELS?
It has to look good on the foot. The leg should make the impact, not the shoe.

 

YOU HAVE A LINE OF NAIL POLISHES. DO YOU HAVE THOUGHTS ON COLOR CHOICE?
When doing shoes, I saw that the toes look longer if you don't have color. So if you have short toes, nude nail color looks better. Like the nude shoes I do for different skin colors, I have different shades of nude polish, from very fair to very dark.

 

WHAT IS THE BEST SHOE MOMENT IN A MOVIE?
Irma La Douce, a film from the 1950’s where Shirley MacLaine plays a prostitute who wears black patent pumps and a beret. It inspired the first version of the Pigalle pump.

 

On Yourself:

 

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
Mainly in Paris–near the Place Vendôme. I also have homes in Egypt, Portugal and L.A.

 

MORNING WAKE-UP TIME?
I travel frequently but when I am in Paris, around 7 A.M.

 

COFFEE ORDER?
In the morning I prefer to drink tea (Earl Grey), but I have coffee in the afternoon–usually an expresso or two.

 

COCKTAIL OF CHOICE?
White wine or champagne.

 

SCENT YOU LOVE?
Lemon, honeysuckle, orange blossoms, tuberose. Also, wood and
magnolias. All these scents are a remembrance of moments for me.

 

PLACE WHERE THEY KNOW YOUR NAME?
Bistro Volnay–one of my favorite restaurants in Paris.

 

FAVORITE FILM?
I love movies – it’s so hard to pick just one! I love documentaries. I always follow the big Bollywood blockbusters. I have seen every single Marilyn Monroe movie, I have seen every Marlene Dietrich movie, I have seen every Greta Garbo movie, I have seen every Lana Turner movie.

 

MODE OF TRANSPORTATION?
Vespa!