Why did you find particular inspiration in Claude Monet? Is art generally a source of inspiration?
It was a very spontaneous choice as I visited the exhibition out of the blue. I was of course aware of his work, but as a whole, Monet’s paintings became even more powerful and inspiring. As a result, the incorporation of his influence into the collection happened very organically.
How important was texture again this season? And how did you create it?
Texture this season is, as ever with us, very important. We are trying to introduce effortlessly wearable pieces by adapting our braiding and embroidery techniques into detailing rather than creating the entire piece of fabric.
There are lighter pieces and more everyday materials in this collection as opposed to the last – denim for example. Why did you choose to take spring in this direction?
I think this season as a brand we are thinking more about our customer. We are thinking about what our customer would wear in a daily context – what pieces can go with everything in her wardrobe but still remain very XU ZHI.