PS: With fashion taking a digital turn the past two seasons, what was your approach to presenting?
AO: It has been challenging showing the collection digitally. It is very different seeing clothing in 2D, rather than seeing the clothing in person. The movement, the drape, the texture and feel do not always translate. I also miss the camaraderie of showing the collections. That being said, I think it is amazing how people have been able to adapt and make it work.
PS: Why is it important for designers to make political statements through their collections?
AO: I think throughout human history art has been a way to make a statement and bring issues to the forefront. Art is an exploration of the human condition, so it is natural for designers to bring that into their work.
PS: Where did the inspiration start for your new collection?
AO: To be honest, it started with me binge watching the TV show Rome, which triggered my love of Classicism again.
PS: Can you pick one look from your new collection that you feel truly speaks to the mood and expression of the range in its entirety?
AO: I love our knitwear this season. It's all sustainable and made in LA. One of my favorite looks from the collection is our shawl sweater worn with a floral jacquard skirt and lots of gold jewelry [above].