G & G: Everywhere I look, I see Southern designers wearing their "Southerness" on their sleeve. That hasn't always been the way in fashion. Why do you think Southern style is so compelling right now?
LVP: Because Southerners have the best taste! Seriously, I think the South is one of the last authentic things left. We are also very proud, very set in our ways, very dramatic, and often very creative. All good things if you want a career in fashion.