What made you decide to use these songs?
My heart was broken by the news of Prince’s passing -- I am still in shock. I wanted to express my love and admiration for my friend who I miss so much. Celebrating him and his music at my menswear show seemed like the best way.
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What were the circumstances of Prince gifting you these songs?
Prince was always writing and recording, even if it was just a late-night jam at Paisley Park. He had been sending me songs for years -- it was his way of communicating. Just hearing his voice again makes me smile.
How did you decide the order of the songs and which ones to include?
Fashion shows have their own rhythm and pacing. The music has to be very specific, and we always work hard on the order so that there is the right emotion or feeling at the right time. I knew that I wanted to finish on one of my favorite Prince songs, "The Future," because I believe in never looking back.
What did you love most about Prince's sartorial expression?
I love men who can dress beyond rules and codes. Prince set his own rules and did what he wanted -- he wore high heels, showed his body, chose strong color, did whatever pleased him. He loved to play with fashion, to provoke and shock. I was in awe of him, always.
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What do you think about Prince's lasting influence on fashion, especially for men?
Prince showed men how they could use clothing to express themselves, to make a statement, to be bold. He showed men to not take themselves so seriously, have fun and to love life while you can.
What does it mean to you to share these songs with the world?
It was a privilege and an honor to have Prince as my friend, and so it was my privilege to be able to share them with the audience. I wanted people to hear how playful he was, how joyous, how creative, how pure a genius. The biggest tribute you can pay to him is to play his music, and to keep his memory alive.