You have one of the most highly anticipated shows at New York Fashion Week. Why should the rest of the country care?
It's a billion-dollar industry that affects the country economically, socially and culturally. I make 98% of my collection in New York City and am generating jobs, so fashion isn't just frivolous for me. I understand levity about it. I also understand the depth of it.
What makes one of your $3,000 gowns worth it?
It starts with the fabric, which comes from Paris or Italy and is produced from an old loom--so it's protecting that heritage. It's also my...