I always know what’s going on in the fashion world. I’m not a designer who never looks at fashion, I care about fashion, I care about functional fashion as well. I don’t miss any shows, either physically or just online. I think it’s important to know what’s happening now and also what happened in the past. There’s always something to learn, just make sure you learn it smart and don’t become plagiaristic. There’s so many talents in this world, either in the past like my fashion hero Karl Lagerfeld, Pierre Cardin or more contemporary ones like Nicolas Ghesquière and Raf Simons they all work in different ways, some work in an old fashion way, they hand draw, they draw amazing illustrations, like Karl Lagerfeld. Or like Raf Simons, he works in a very logical way. I watched a lot of documentaries about him. He develops his fashion collection as if it was maths test, he's very logical. It’s always fascinating to learn how diversely all these people work.
I think there’s so much going on in China right now. There’s so many upcoming designers bumping into everyone’s sight. And what I learned from Saint Martins is to always learn from your peers, instead of only paying attention to lectures or tutorials. You can learn so much from the people next to you. My technicians, my pattern-cutters, even my interns, I learn so much from my interns, the energy they bring in is so diverse and I think that makes this fashion world so exciting.