I can occupy myself quite easily with what’s going on inside myself.

If words don’t have vibration behind them, and a real feeling behind them, then they’re just words.

I am fascinated by the whole process of what it’s like to be alive, whether it’s unbelievable uncomfortable and horrible or if it’s quite nice.

A film based on a jolly good John Grisham is fine, but I like to get a bit under the skin.

If you allow yourself that luxury to be old…you’ll find that the rewards are extraordinary. 

You cannot watch yourself dispassionately. 

I remember my father saying to me once, ‘I finally know how to describe you, Charlotte. You’re prickly.’ And he was right – prickly is a very good description. If I had to be an animal, I’d probably be a porcupine.

Go out there and try on everything – short skirts, long skirts, mid length, little jackets, men’s clothing – and really look at yourself; really walk around in the clothes. Don’t just take someone else’s advice. You must feel you in these clothes and feel what it’s like to live in them.

Ever since I was a small child, I’ve had this feeling – it’s in my nature, and so it’s not even pretentious – that if everyone’s going one way, I will go the other, just by some kind of spirit of defiance.

It’s sort of fun. If someone’s eyeballing you, it makes you feel good.

I must explore desert ground and see what can grow. But there are limits. I know in my heart what I would never do.

By trying to control everything we become neurotic, more and more desperate. It’s a huge tragic thing. 

I haven’t got ambitions. Actually, I’m determined not to die until I get very old. I want to be a great great great grandmother. 

I know I have great inner strength; I always have. I can blank things out, cut people out, and I know that I can go and live in a cave on my own if necessary. 

I did that film just so I can kiss Robert Redford. 

My confidence comes from the gut, my daring. It’s all about believing that you have a style which is unique to you, your own way of walking,  your own way of walking, not wanting to imitate anybody.


Fashion is not trivial. It’s a huge industry and a big part of our lives. Fashion is about us – how we look and present ourselves, how we can change ourselves, and our perceptions. You can dress up to be quite glorious creatures – it’s all a very important part of life.