Born in Korea and raised in France, Raphael Young‘s creative vision comfortably straddles cultures and aesthetics. After ten years working for French and Italian fashion brands, he became the creative director of his own eponymous label. Though the company is based in Paris, Young spends nearly eight months of the year in Italy, where the workshop and factory are located, lending a cross-European and hands-on luxury to his looks.
What’s hot right now?
I just finished working on my upcoming Fall collection and I must say it is smokin’ hot. I’m not so much of a party freak and I have very, very long working days—when I have some time off, the hottest thing for me is a bottle of Bordeaux, scented candles and a warm bath.
What are your favorite trends at the moment?
I’ve always thought “trends” were an annoying concept. The best trends are the ones that individuals create for themselves. The trendiest trend is to be unique.
What kind of shoes should women get for the s/s ’10 season?
Mine. Because they’re the sexiest.