CM: The collection you co-designed for Fendi has many references to the 70s psychedelic look and also to the 90s. If you could choose, which era would you like to live in?
SC: Aesthetically if I could choose one I would choose the 70s. The music, the clothes, the furniture, well pretty much everything that I see from the 1970s just screams at me like ‘YOU NEEDED TO BE HERE!!!!!’ Maybe one day we will be able to travel back in time. I would love to experience the 1970s firsthand but for now I will just bring it into my life whenever I can.
CM: You also interpreted the collection in a very humorous, almost ironic way. The fashion industry often comes across as a bit strict, sometimes stiff, with all the rules and precise ideas about beauty and bodies. Why does fashion need humor?
SC: Thank you! I think humor lightens everything. I also don’t know how intentional it is because it really is just a byproduct of who I am. I love to mix things up in a funny way. There is so much heaviness in the world we live in, and I feel like we all need a bit more humor. While humorous, I am quite strict in getting my work done. With each series of work or project, the process always looks very different, but I don’t cut corners or go halfway. If I’m not passionate about a project I usually don’t do it. Well, at least I don’t think that I can do it. It has to feel authentic for me to put my all in. Probably why I didn’t do so well on math tests in high school. As human beings we are so many different things at once. We can be serious and funny and sad and happy all at the same time. I like to show that in my work. The quality is very strict but the content is a little funny.
CM: Many of the pieces are oriented towards the aesthetics of outerwear. Do you like being outdoors yourself?
SC: Yes! This was a very important aspect that I wanted to focus on. I live in NYC and think it’s so ironic how New Yorkers (including myself) dress. When it’s raining or snowing we look like we are ready to climb a mountain or face the arctic tundra. I love being outdoors. It refreshes me. Being with my animals or in nature is where and when I am happiest.