After our shoot yesterday you talked about turning off your phone when you go to your house outside of Paris to get into the creative mode. Why do you do it? And for how long?
It really depends… Sometimes a day is enough, and sometimes it isn't. It depends on your levels of energy when you get to your atelier. Sometimes you know exactly what you're going to do. So you just do it. And that's easy. And it comes fast only because you've been thinking about it for a very long time.
At other times I would have a more complex job as I have to put more than 40 different colours together, which is huge. When you get to 40 colours, and you have 2 collections on the side - that's when you need to protect yourself. And the only way to protect yourself is being alone. Trying to concentrate, to put down, with honesty, what it is you want to show everyone. That means you have to think about it every single day of your life. For example, I went to the Hermitage yesterday, and I took pictures. Not too many, two or three, because again, too much can easily become garbage in your head and as I said - you have to be very careful with this. And I know that I will take three weeks in my atelier, utterly alone, just to put down all of these thoughts and ideas. But inside of this I also think about the music I will listen to during this time, the words I will use to describe my feelings because the words I'll use will be really important for the story I want to tell. Since I'm not a writer, I will hand over these words to a writer to then put them together. And here I want to say that it is essential to understand that you cannot do everything yourself - you need to concentrate specifically on your task.
By the end of the three weeks I will hand over all of my sketches and pallets and colours, and at this point, it will no longer be my job - the team will take it from there. It is not mine anymore. Don't complain if others don't understand you completely - just do your best until that point and then let go and switch to something else. This is another way to protect yourself. For me, this was the hardest thing to understand, but it needs to be done.