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[Laughs] You have to know what your cut is going to be!
Exactly! You have to know how to spend your clients money, too. They’re looking to you for advice on not only shopping but how to get value out of their money. A good stylist isn’t someone who takes $10,000 from their client and buys two things. No! [Laughs] You have to know how to get the best deals, how to pull, how to get free things for your client… It’s a lot more technical than people think.
Would you encourage rising designers to go to college, take classes or just grab books?
All, of course. You know, I read constantly. I went to vocational high school for fashion design and have been doing this since I was a teenager, and I still don’t know everything. You can never have too much information. Definitely educate yourself, read, take a course. To get your degree in fashion design only [takes] two years, so it’s never too late.
Definitely. Where are you at in the process of having your line ready for next fall?
It’s been a long process, and it was all about getting the business end right. I’ve had my ideas and sketches forever, and I’ve constantly had to revamp my sketches because fashions changes with time. Right now, we’re in the design process and whatever I have to do to make it happen, I’m doing it. But now that I’ve put it on TV, it’s so much pressure! [Laughs] I’m like, this has to be the hottest thing ever because all these eyes are on me now.
Now, in the first episode you sat with your daughter to discuss the state of yours and Fab’s relationship. With World AIDS Day being celebrated yesterday and HIV/AIDS awareness taking place all month, do you talk to her about sex and sexual health?
Absolutely, we have those conversations where we talk about sex before marriage. I try to instill in her that she should wait to have sex until you’re married, but we talk about AIDS and any STD. I need to let her know everything that could possibly happen when having sex, [Laughs] so we definitely have those conversations. I even show her pictures! [Laughs] She was like, ‘I’m never having sex, Ma!’
[Laughs] That’s good! That’s what you want.
We’ve sat down and Google [searched] pictures. STD’s don’t have a face, and you have to protect yourself. That’s something that’s very important to me.
Do you feel that you’ve open up a line of communication where she’ll be comfortable telling you when she does start having sex?
Oh yeah. I know deep down in my heart that she won’t have a problem telling me anything because we have an open line of communication. I trust, and I love her so much. She knows that I’m going to give her the best advice and it’s going to come from my heart.
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