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THE MARY KATRANTZOU INTERVIEW

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Ms. Katrantzou, starting with your debut ready-to-wear collection in 2008, you pioneered the use of digital prints in fashion. Once you’ve had success with a certain style is it difficult to continue to evolve?

You see designers not changing that much season to season, so at some point you realize that there is a formula and there’s a reason people don’t change. But when you’re a young designer you have to. There has to be a phase that allows you to establish who you really are and I don’t feel like I’m there yet. I’ve found myself feeling that I’ve said so much through print that I couldn’t find something that excited me, but there were parts of the world that were just starting to buy and were really excited to buy digital prints, so I couldn’t stop it. Until very recently I didn’t feel that I had the confidence to take it somewhere entirely different, but now I feel a bit more free.

What was that evolution like?

I remember being really uncertain on whether I should change. I did a collection that was all black-and-white, that to me felt different. I didn’t feel trapped to do color. But the reaction was very divided and you start assessing whether you have the following already that will come with you or not, so you get scared and you retract a bit. But then you know that you have to push forward, so then the next season you push forward. About a year ago we had no prints on the catwalk.

You had to make a clean cut?

Right, until you subtract print entirely, no one notices. It’s so visual, and the impact is so big that it overpowerseverything else, so it had to be a clean cut that says, “It’s about texture, it’s about form, it’s about a similar aesthetic but showcased in a different way.” This is the first collection where I’ve felt quite free now to do whatever I want. So, now I do feel more confident. But you go through stages of insecurity.

Which is not necessarily a bad thing…

I think it’s necessary to have self-doubt! Any creative has doubts. In other industries you do a product and it remains for five years and you can run with it. In fashion you have to put a new product out there every six months with little time to process, little time to evolve, and all the ambition in the world. It’s impossible, I think, not to doubt.

“Confidence is a consolation prize for those less talented.”

Do you think your self-doubt will go away with experience?

I don’t think you’ll ever lose that sense of insecurity. Louise Wilson told me once that confidence is a consolation prize for those less talented and I think it’s exactly that! Any creative is putting something out there in the world that, hopefully, is new and is offering your viewpoint on something. I think it would be inhuman to have perfect confidence like that.

Many designers or creative people seem to have a very strong sense of confidence. Is that just a façade?

I think when you’re presenting it to press, you’ve gone through the stages of doubt and hopefully by that stage you really believe in what you’re putting out there. At that stage it would be silly to be insecure and say, “Oh, I’m not sure what I presented this season.” You have to have confidence in your vision or else no one will trust in it. So I’m confident in what I’ve done when I’m presenting it. But while you’re designing it? I struggle to believe that there is no doubt in a designer’s mind.

Are you more intuitive or more analytical when you are designing?

When you’re less secure in yourself, and when you’re younger, you tend to be more analytical. A lot of your education is about theory, so you tend to be a lot more analytical and you tend to philosophize more. And the more confident you become with knowledge, you make decisions more decisively. A lot of the thinking is happening while you’re doing, but you’re not just sitting there contemplating, “What will I do?” You take small steps that no one really notices, but if you hadn’t taken those steps it would never lead you to where you are.

Which way is better?

At some point I realized that without actually producing something, you can never really allow an idea to build into another. You can never grow. You can never actually see if there’s something remarkable. The thinker tends to analyze and dissect everyone else’s work, including themselves, but very little happens. And the doer just does and allows the thinking to happen after. You don’t have time to think!

Especially in the fashion industry where each collection follows the last one in smaller and smaller intervals…

With the pace of fashion now, you have to take decisions really fast. You have four collections to do a year, minimum. And then you have to put them out there and allow whatever happened in that season to influence the next, and allow the thinking to happen after instead of spending a season thinking and then having no collection to show. So it’s not that you don’t think at all, it’s that you’re not conscious of the thinking process. It’s happening while you are doing. It’s not how it was when you were at college and you had a year and a half to think out a collection.

But it seems like you do think about a theme for each collection before you start designing them don’t you?

Yes, every season needs to have a theme. I think it’s part of my upbringing – I don’t feel quite settled within the collection if there’s no theme. So I need to establish the philosophy before I can actually do something. Some people make up the backstory as they go along, some people have it from the beginning and need to have it, like I do, and some people probably have been in the game long enough to not need a backstory. Their work that precedes them is their backstory.

I recently spoke with Rick Owens and he told me that he doesn’t use mood boards or sketches at all. He just starts working directly with fabrics and mannequins.

We don’t have mood boards either. Sometimes we put up mood boards for press that never even existed! I’ve done it. Sarah Mower from Vogue comes to the studio and a red alarm: “Create a mood board!” (Laughs) And I tell Sarah that openly. She knows that the mood board was done the night before. It doesn’t mean that there wasn’t any thought process, it just means that it wasn’t documented like that. But sometimes it helps crystallize what it was because no one thinks about it like that anymore. We have a mood board for colors and we have the fabrics that we’re developing so that everyone’s aware, but that’s it. There’s no muse. There’s no era… Maybe there should be, but there is none.

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Top 5 Takeaways From Tiger Woods’s Latest Press Conference

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Tiger Woods met with the media Wednesday in front of the Farmers Insurance Open and gave a reasonable way to deal with his PGA Tour return. You can see his full question and answer session here.

Underneath, we trimmed it down. Here are the five most interesting statements from Woods’ Wednesday press conference:

  • On his expectations: “I think yeah, my expectations have tempered a little bit because I haven’t played. When I came back off my ACL injury in ’08 and started playing in ’09, it was nine months but I hadn’t played a full schedule prior to that. Here, I haven’t played a full schedule since 2015. It’s been a long time. To be honest with you, I just want to start playing on the Tour and getting into a rhythm of playing a schedule again. I haven’t done that in such a long time, so I don’t know what to expect. Just go out there and just play, I’m going to grind it, give it everything I possibly have if I put the ball in the right position and make some putts and try to work my way up the board.”
  • On how desperate his back woes were: “You know, I tried all different types of treatment on it and we went – I went through every single procedure that is nonsurgical prior to getting it fused. I exhausted every single procedure I could possibly do and it just didn’t get better. So the surgery and fusion was the only step I had left. I was very lucky because it’s down at L5-S1 and it only has maybe six degrees of rotation, so it’s really not much at all so I got lucky in that regard. It’s been tough. I didn’t know when the back was going to go out. I don’t know if you guys were watching this past week with Freddie, how bad it was. He was fine and all of a sudden he makes a couple bad swings and there it goes. That’s very similar to how I was.”
  • On getting his speed back: “I hadn’t felt good in four, five years. My surgeon, you know, he said from the get-go, once it’s fused, you’ll have – you’ll have speed like you did back in your early 30s. And he’s right because there’s no pain, I’m not flinching, it doesn’t hurt as I take the club back, it doesn’t hurt right before impact, it doesn’t hurt after impact, it doesn’t hurt when I walk. It was a tough go for a while and I don’t have any of those feelings.”
  • On why he’s going without a coach (for now): “I’ve said it many times already, it’s just that no one’s had a spinal fusion at that level and be able to hit the ball that hard, as hard as I do. So I’d like to meet somebody who can swing it over 120 miles an hour with a fused back. Do you know anybody? That’s what I mean, no one understands that. So I have to rely own my own feels and play around with what my body can and cannot do. It’s not going to look like it used to, I don’t have the mobility that I do – that I used to and that’s just the reality. Now it’s just a matter of what can I do, and that’s just practicing and getting my feels and trusting, experimenting a lot to try and figure out what can this body do and how explosive can it be and how am I going to control shots with different shapes, am I going to have different feels. Some of that stuff is yes, some of that stuff is different and I’m still learning it.”
  • On his plan early in the year: “I’m just trying to build towards April. That’s what I told you guys last year in the Bahamas, I’m looking forward to playing a full schedule and getting ready for the Masters and I haven’t done that in a very long time. That’s usually been my schedule and my outlook. From ’96 on it’s been that way to try to get ready for Augusta and there’s no reason to change that.”

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Top 5 Times Oprah Has Lost Her Cool On Her Talk Show

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Here are the most effective crossroads in Oprah TV history when everyone’s eyes were on Oprah, and she lost her cool, cries on a show, lost her poise or even merely lost her brain, making all of us either cry or lowered that even Oprah is a slave to her feelings in some cases. Plan to go on the passionate, crazy ride that spread over a very long while with our dearest anchorperson. As we enter her last season, prepare for more Oprah crying minutes. Get ready to see her lose it all the more frequently as she directs some of her most enthusiastic Oprah interviews.

At the point when did Oprah cry on her show? There are a large number of illustrations when the normally quiet symbol loses her self-restraint, this rundown follows those minutes.

Oprah’s Heartthrob Surprise

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Since Oprah has, at last, consented to be the one on the less than the desired end of shocks for her final season, her staff pulled a startling get-together experience for The Big O and welcomed Jackie Jackson to come into her office and amazement her at her work area.

Oprah really liked Jackie and this date dash has been over 43 years really taking shape.

Jackie shocks O and realises her blossoms thirty seconds into the clasp.

Oprah hurls her arms and shouts as he embraces her. She shouts a few more circumstances and after that affectionately, tongue in cheek (obviously), undermines to gun down her snickering staff as she whines that she was not dressed for Jackie. Fantasy and a lousy dream across the board.

As the clasp proceeds with, Oprah ushers Jackie out of the room and begins an energised, scattered endeavour to settle her cosmetics and put eyelashes on and get ready for her fantasy date. “Thank god, Stedman’s in Bermuda.”

This clasp is a great deal of enjoyable to watch, and Oprah’s so endearingly found napping that it influences you to think to any significant amazement you’ve ever gotten in your life.

Oprah Talks About Her Best Friend in the World

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Oprah opens up to Barbara Walters about her association with Gayle King, her closest companion, and the lesbian gossipy tidbits that have surfaced irregularly consistently.

Around one moment into the clasp, Barbara requests that Oprah depict her intimate association with Gayle. Oprah takes over ten seconds to recover her poise and endeavour to answer the inquiry.

Oprah portrays Gayle as the mother she never had, the sister everyone would need, and the companion everyone merits. “I don’t have a clue about a superior individual.” She is exceptionally enthusiastic all through the clasp as she discusses Gayle.

This clasp is a capable demonstration of the actual truthfulness that has characterised Oprah’s vocation.

Oprah’s Tribute to Sophie, Her Faithful, Deceased Cocker Spaniel

 

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Oprah commits a show to her dearest cocker spaniel, Sophie, who she had for a long time and had as of late passed.

The Oprah Winfrey Show group set up an introduction together for Oprah about Sophie and her opportunity as a significant aspect of Oprah’s family.

Oprah tells us previously she has not seen the video and is watching it out of the blue.

The video starts around thirty-five seconds in and includes some excellent photographs and video film of a delightful dark cocker spaniel going through her days with O. It proceeds until the two-moment stamp. At the point when the clasp comes back to Oprah, she is in tears with a Kleenex. She says she knew viewing the video would be hard and battles to get past her guide as she wipes her eyes. O instantly enjoys a business reprieve to get it together and “get [her]self together.”

It is reviving to see this reliable, rousing lady demonstrate a weakness for losing a cherished pet. It proves to every one of us that it’s alright to feel like the organisation we keep, human and non-human, don’t need to be blood-identified with feel like the piece of our family.

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Top 10 Quotes By Leonardio DiCaprio

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Dissimilar to numerous previous youngster on-screen characters who tend to bite the dust (or blur into obscurity) in their teenager years and past, 42-year-old Academy Award victor Leonardo DiCaprio has gloated an unfaltering resume of film hits for almost two decades, from his terrible hand over 1993’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? To a featuring part in film industry sensation Titanic.

Notwithstanding his fantastic movie profession, Leo has utilised his Hollywood capital in various generous endeavours. He’s wind up one of the world’s best environmental change champions and backers for more stringent confinements on carbon emanations each shot he gets.

Indeed, he gave particular specify to the earth in his Oscar acknowledgement discourse for his work in The Revenant, entreating the group of onlookers to “work on the whole together and quit tarrying” when managing environmental change. These qualities are reflected in his everyday life; he drives battery-fueled vehicles and lives in a sun-based controlled home.

The following are 10 of the most motivating Leonardo DiCaprio that ought to urge you to deal with what makes you cheerful.

“Be thankful for the hard times, for they have made you” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing all the hype that’s written about you… Who knows? In a couple of years, you might find me in the loony bin!” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“Pay close attention to people who don’t clap when you win.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“To believe in love, to be ready to give up anything for it, to be willing to risk your life for it, is the ultimate tragedy.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“A wrong connection will give you shock throughout your life, but the right one will light up your life.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“Everybody has gone through something that has changed them in a way that they could never go back to the person they once were.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“I just really love doing what I do. I know every career is fleeting and there will be time periods when I don’t get the opportunities that I’m getting right now, so I am taking advantage of them.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“Only you and you alone can change your situation. Don’t blame it on anything or anyone.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“I really am motivated by being able to work with great people and create a body of work that I can look back and be proud of.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

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