One Sentence or Less

Renzo Rosso
President, Only the Brave Group (parent company of Maison Martin Margiela, Marni, Viktor & Rolf, Diesel)
Founder, Only the Brave Foundation

What did you do immediately before this questionnaire?
I went to Maison Margiela’s Christmas party.

What will you do immediately after this questionnaire?
I will have a photo session.

What is your idea of bliss?
Being peaceful.

What is your idea of misery?
The arrogance of ignorant people.

What is the strangest article of clothing in your closet?
One-off prototypes of never commercialized jackets of the brands in our group.

What is your proudest moment?
When I feel the energy of the people i work with.

What is your greatest regret?
I can’t think of one.

What would be the first sentence of your biography?
I lived a very intense life in every aspect.

What catchphrase do you use the most?
Mamma mia.

What three items could you not live without?
Mobile phone, iPad, nail-cutters.

What is your best personality trait?
I am very demanding.

What is your worst personality trait?
I am never satisfied.

What is the best advice you’ve given?
Your family must come before everything.

What is the best advice you’ve received?
When His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, suggested to me to create a socially responsible foundation.

What is the most inspiring place you’ve visited?
The world is a very beautiful place and I find inspiration everywhere I go.

What is your most embarrassing fashion moment?
When I am not sure whether the audience liked one of our fashion shows.

What is your most triumphant fashion moment?
When I understand people love a collection.

What is the most attractive quality in a person?

What is your own favorite physical feature?
My eyes.

What is your least favorite physical feature?
My nose.

What makes you feel the most alive?
The vibrations of happy people.

What is your best talent (after your work)?
My social commitment.

What would you ask for if you were granted one wish?
More honesty and sense of responsibility.

What was the last thing that made you laugh uncontrollably?
A crazy sex-related image I saw on a social network.

What is your greatest fear?
Very bad things happening in the world.

What is your very first memory?
Growing up on my family’s farm.

What is your very first fashion-related memory?
Having my parents buy me my first pair of jeans at the age of 12.

What has been your greatest loss?
My father.

Who was your favorite cartoon character as a child?
Sanpei the Fisher Boy.

What always makes you cry?
Movies and anything related to children being harmed.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
My parents’ upbringing and education.

What is the best gift you’ve ever given?
What I give of myself to people everyday.

What historical figure would you most like to meet?
I would have liked to meet Steve Jobs.

What is your most treasured possession?
My energy.

If you could be any animal, what would it be?
A wolf.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
The power to make people happy.

If you could erase one memory, what would it be?
All the people who hurt me.

If you could change your life in one way, what would it be?
I would want a less stressful life with more time for myself.

If you could live out one fantasy, what would it be?
To go to space!