When I was first studying art, Matisse was my master. In fact, a print of this painting hangs next to me in my office as I sit here writing this. The thing that holds his paintings together is color—and one professor told me that if I didn't understand that, I'd never be a art historian. This is something I have translated into all that I do, especially with styling. My design process starts with imagery from art. I never start with fashion. I create a sense of place and emotion, then envision a muse.