Valli on the luxury of freedom and being a bicycle among limousines.
What is your most French characteristic and your most Italian one?
What is it like to work with you in your atelier?
âIt can be a nightmare! I am a perfectionist, so I am demanding. Thatâs because I have always worked with meticulous people who expect the maximum from me. They have made me discover many aspects of my character.â
What is one of your design secrets?
âA short waist elongates the silhouette. It is fascinating to play with defects and transform them into attentiongrabbing details.â
âI am Italian in my passionate nature and Parisian in my introspection and desire for solitude.â
Suzy Menkes wrote that you are âa bicycle among the limousinesâ because you run your own fashion house instead of belonging to a mega-brand. Was this deliberate?
âWhen I am asked what luxury is, I respond âfreedom.â And it was in the name of freedom that I founded a house. It was the only way I was able to continue with my fashion. The same is true of not following trends; the word âtrendâ has always scared me a little.â
In Paris, do you travel by bike or limo?
âBy foot! I love the freedom of being able to go from a bicycle to a limousine to the Metro.â
If you were the editor of a magazine, who would grace your covers?
âI think the first ladies of the Middle East are fantastic: Asma Assad of Syria, Queen Rania of Jordan and Sheikha Mozah of Qatar are female leaders who are taking strong positions. In the West, I think of Michelle Obama or Carla Bruni; they strike a balance between equality with men and the privilege and pride of being a woman. They give us much hope for the future.â
Read more in our Fashion channel