104 | : / : harmony with oneself and one’s surroundings. Whoarethepeoplewhoinspireyourcollections? -Women like Frida Kahlo, Isidora Duncan, Lou Salomé. And my target group is always women who put themselves ahead of their dress. What do you dislike in fashion currently in our country and around the world? - Inour fashion I don’t like thedominance of tastelessness and the absence of any professional and serious criticism. I honour the exceptions, represented by a group of talented designers who lack the possibility of media a rmation that is essential in this business. Around the world, I’m bothered by all the exhibitionism that is an end in itself. With which foreign creator would you like to collaborate? - With VivienneWestwood, always. Youhaveenduredsuccessfullyinyourwork.How did you adjust to the 21st century? -Almostanyonewhotodaytailorsadress is labelled a fashion creator, which devalues the postulate of seriouswork inthe fashionworld. I feel sorrywhen I seethat there are people who easily sell their honour for easy andshort-livedpoints. It’snotonly like that inour country, but also around theworld, though the di erence is that professionals elsewhere around the world secure for themselves everything that belongs to them as a result of their reputation. I’ve always had a Plan B and been ready to take risks for business challenges. I also solda largeapartment inBelgradecitycentre topay for the cost of oneofmy fashion shows, and I count that as an act of great courage without which there would be no advancement. People project their own characteristics onto otherswhen it is di cult for themto handle someone else’s success. I haven’t amassed planes and trucks; I have a house onMount Avala, a boutique and a studio. But I’m the 100% owner of everything I sign, and that’s an invaluable success. God determined that I would only fall in love with fashion design at the age of 35. I didn’t even allowmyself to sign as a creator until I’d mastered this craft well. When did you tell yourself that you’d achieved something in life? - Ihaven’t toldmyself that tothisday,becausethere’s no time for self- attery. When you think you know it all, you’ve blocked yourself. I can now say that I’ve succeeded, after 35 years of experience in fashion, in the sense that people believe me. Sometimes my son remindsmeof everything I’vesofar achieved, like in1999, when I had a fashion showof my“VR”brand on Rome’s Spanish Steps as part of Haute Couture FashionWeek. To what extent do you in uence the fashion choices of yours daughters Elena (47) andMilena(37)andyour sonMiodrag(40); doyousometimes critique their style? - My children are adults, with their own style and their ownway of life. They had absolute freedomwhile theywereformingaspeople. I tried–withtheambience in which they lived and by focusing on values that are important for a high-quality life – to encourage their personal freedominde ningtheirownfashionchoices. You and your husband, composer Veljko Kuzmančević,dress togetherharmoniouslyforpublic events. Who proposes whose combination? - We are both very strong individuals, with a developed style and philosophy, so nobody advises anyone. We both maintain individuality as an essential part of our characters. How do you see yourself in the years ahead, in every sense? - Itprobably sounds absurd that someoneaged70 thinks about a decade and more in advance. I believe in my own energy and state of mind; I have many ideas andunrealisedcollections. I believe that theCosmos will give me an opportunity to realise them. Privately, I seeVeljko andmyself in harmony, like we are now. brost bezkojenemanapred. Ljudi projektujusvojeosobinenadruge kad im je teško da podnesu tuđi uspeh. Nisam stekla avione i kamione, imam kuću na Avali, butik i atelje. Ali sam stoprocentni vlasnik svega što potpisujem, a to je dragoceni uspeh. Bog mi je dao da se tek sa 35 godina zaljubim u modni dizajn. Nisam sebi dozvoljavala ni da se potpisujem kao kreator dok dobro nisam ispekla ovaj zanat. Kad ste rekli sebi da ste postigli nešto u životu? –Do danas nisamto rekla jer nema vremena za laskanje sebi. Kadpomisliteda sve znate, blokirali stesebe. Sadamogudakažem dasamuspelaposle35godinastažaumodi, usmisludami ljudi veruju. Ponekadmesinpodsetinato šta sam sve do sada postigla, poput 1999, kad je bila modna revija mog brenda VR na Španskim stepenicama tokomNedeljevisoke mode u Rimu. Koliko utičete namodni izborćerkiElene(47)iMilene (37) i sinaMiodraga (40) i daliimponekaduputitekritiku? –Mojadeca suodrasli ljudi sa sopstvenimstilom i načinomživota. Imali su apsolutnu slobodu dok su se formirali. Trudila sam se da ih ambijentom u kojem su živeli i usmeravanjemnavrednosti koje su bitne za kvalitetan život podstaknem na ličnu slobodu da definišu svoj modni izbor. Vi i muž Veljko Kuzmančević, kompozitor, zajedno ste skladno doterani na javnimdogađajima. Kokome predlaže odevnu kombinaciju? – Oboje smo vrlo jake individue sa izgrađenim stilom i filosofijom, panikonikoganesavetuje. Individualnostoboječuvamo kao bitan deo karaktera. Kakoviditesebeunarednim godinamausvakomsmislu? – Zvuči kao apsurd, verovatno, danekosa70godina razmišlja o deceniji i više unapred. Verujem u sopstvenu energiju i stanjeduha, imammnogo ideja i nerealizovanih kolekcija. Verujem da će mi kosmos pružiti mogućnost da ih realizujem. Privatno, vidim Veljka i sebe u harmoniji kao sada.