Q: How do you top getting a dress into the Louvre?
A: The one great thing about being a fashion designer is there's always a new season and a new thing to create.
Q: What's the buzz about your 2013 holiday collection?
A: Buyers rarely write me, they don't like to talk to designers, but I've gotten emails and phone calls, and they say it seems like a breakthrough collection, particularly one of the dresses.
Q: Tell me about that.
A: It's a bronze/black cocktail dress with a mix of twill, cloque and knit. The structure has a very sheer sleeve. The look is smart, subtle and sensuous.
Q: How would you describe the typical Paula Hian customer?
A: It's not about the age, but more about the person, a professional woman who wants a dress that's original but without looking as if the dress is wearing her.
Q: Your clothes are worn by celebrities, but big-name recognition has been elusive. How do you up your game?
A: I've got to figure out how to do more PR, because you need to be out there in a much bigger way. That's a difference between me and other designers and people who are, to be perfectly blunt, spending tons on self-promotion.
Q: Why are your knits made in France?
A: Knitting is a special art in France, and they don't do it in this country. The factory I use was the original Hervé Léger factory. That's the fashion house that pioneered bandage dresses that would mold and shape the wearer's figure with bandage-like strips. It was founded by Hervé Peugnet [now Leroux], and Princess Diana wore his dresses.
Q: Where are your clothes sold?
A: Mostly in boutiques in the U.S. You can find them at Joan Shepp.
Q: How much do the knits cost?
A: Dresses and gowns are $650 to $2,000, jackets $750 to $1,400 and skirts and pants $490 to $890.
Q: How big a business is this?
A: It's getting there. It's growing, but I don't talk about numbers.
Q: Well, can you say how many knits you sold last year?
A: I'd say between 2,000 and 10,000.
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