02/08/2012 04:19 pm ET Updated Apr 09, 2012

A Conversation With Designer Norma Kamali


Norma Kamali is very busy this fashion week. Apart from her high-end label OMO, she is also debuting Kamali Kulture, a new line with clothing under the $100 price range.

Just before the New York fashion week becomes hectic, Norma Kamali talks about great ideas, looking effortless and female empowerment. She also wants you to know that she is not as old as you think she is. Read on to learn more about this trailblazing designer.

When I wake up... I love a big hug.

Before I go to bed... I love a big hug.

A well-dressed man/woman... should never look like any time was put into the finished result, but that it was spontaneous and authentic personal style.

Women should always... know their value is more than they believe it is and change their mindset.

The best thing that's been said about me... is that someone remembers the time they wore my clothes and what it meant to them and how it made them feel.

The biggest misconception about me... is that I am older than I am.

If I weren't doing what I'm doing today... I would still be doing many different things at the same time.

My legacy... hopefully to make people feel good and to help women boost their self-esteem and empower themselves.

A great idea... should be backed up by at least 20 more at any time.

Botox is... a necessary evil for self-esteem.

My mother... was unbelievable and outrageously talented. She was ahead of her time and a total influence on my life.

The future... is more exciting than I could ever imagine.

Happiness... is underrated.

There's a time and place for... every possible experience and adventure in a lifetime.

There is too much... pre-election campaign.

In the end... it is all worth it.

Photos courtesy of Norma Kamali

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