Life is not a solo act. It's a huge collaboration, and we all need to assemble around us the people who care about us and support us in times of strife.
I have my mantra about silhouette, proportion, and fit. I believe that when they are in harmony and balance, you'll look great in anything.
Everyone has a best feature, so find clothes and accessories to accentuate those, whether it's your shoulders or your long legs!
But I will add, there's one thing I will not do, ever: I will never talk to you about things you cannot change. It plants a negativity in the head of a designer or the student, and it's a distraction.
Take the high road. No matter how much strife, and consternation, frustration and anger you might be confronted with - don't go to that level.
If you want to write an angry e-mail, write it but don't send it. It's based on my experience that whenever I have acted out in some manner, I have always regretted it.
There's nothing I like better than going to my apartment, closing the door, cooking my little dinner for one and just tuning out. My apartment really is my haven. It's a nest where I go to heal.
I always say I have a Socratic approach to most things that I do. I pummel people with questions, because I need to know what they're thinking, what they're trying to achieve, what they believe the final outcome is going to be.
I don't know why I've always been so captivated by architecture.
I do things like hem a pair of pants, I do my own tailoring but I wouldn't attempt a jacket.