What inspires you and why? Inspiration is everywhere. People watching on the street, films, traveling the world and right here in my backyard of Los Angeles; I love going to the flea market to take in the fashion culture and fresh environment. A little visual inspiration plus your wildest imagination creates something special. Who is your style icon? Jane Birkin is one of [them]. She exudes cool nonchalance—the epitome of “effortless chic.” How does travel fit into the BCBG lifestyle? We see travel and culture as true components of the BCBGMAXAZRIA brand’s DNA. Through BCBG, we aim to bring a global style, appeal and attitude within the reach of every woman. You are celebrating BCBG’s 25th anniversary this year. What gives you the greatest sense of accomplishment? BCBGMAXAZRIA began with a single idea—to create a beautiful dress. We have certainly achieved that and much more. We are in the business to inspire people to do what inspires them. I am living a dream, creating and discovering new things each and every day. The one thing that keeps me going, each and every day, is the love for what I do. How have you managed working so hard, helming so many companies and finding time to get away with your family? Balance is key. I am so passionate and love what I do professionally, but the key to maintaining the balance in your life is to be inspired every single day. Every morning I wake up and ask myself, “how can I make today better than yesterday?” Taking time for my family and myself and doing what I love is important to stay grounded.
BCBG RUNWAY IVANA JUMPSUIT, bcbg.com
Where was the last place you traveled to out of the U.S.? Paris, France
What cities in the world do you consider top fashion capitals? Paris and Tokyo are amazing. Japanese fashion is ahead of our time. Designers like Rei Kawakubo, Junya Watanabe and Comme de Garçons are true innovators in the industry. There is, of course, Los Angeles where we live and New York where we have shown for almost 20 years. Do you have a favorite destination for shopping? Tokyo. Shopping is essentially considered a sport there. It’s a shopper’s paradise. What essential item in your closet is your go-to for summer travel? Seasonless pieces so you get more mileage out of your wardrobe, like a versatile dress that you can take from day to night. Which do you prefer for the beach, yacht or pool—bikini or one-piece swimsuit? A one piece and let’s add to the mix a great tunic.
KER & DOW NEY
Published on Jul 25, 2014
Explore France, Italy, China, Maldives and some of the best places to travel this summer in Ker & Downey's Summer issue of QUEST magazine.