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(Relaxnews) – To celebrate Paris Fashion Week (February 28-March 7), Relaxnews presents a new feature, “In the mood of…” quizzing designers on their style secrets and sources of inspiration. Ahead of his February 28 Fall 2012 presentation, we enter into the world of designer Corrado De Biase.

Relaxnews: What in your opinion is the most essential accessory and why?
Corrado De Biase: My little black cap. It perfectly defines my silhouette. Because I’m really short, it makes me feel a little taller. And I think that a clutch is a must-have for a woman. I don’t like to see women walking with their hands in their pockets or holding their phones. I don’t think that looks elegant. A small clutch can hold everything you need and it gives you a sophisticated urban look.

R: Which item of clothing would you never allow into your wardrobe?
 White cropped pants, which to me are the epitome of vulgarity. There is nothing worse than showing that portion of the leg, and no shoes look right with them. Absolutely awful.

R: Which famous person, dead, alive or from fiction, would you most like to feature on your runway?
 I would love to send the Addams Family down the runway. I think they are really elegant but also a little offbeat. They manage to be old-fashioned but also on-trend for this moment.

R: What career path would you have followed if you hadn’t become a designer?
 I would have liked to have been a singer, coming face to face with a wild crowd during a concert, or an actor taking the stage and accepting an Oscar or switching personality and character with each new film.

R: Which song do you most associate with your Fall/Winter 2012 collection?
“Tick of the Clock,” from the soundtrack of the movie Drive. It’s ominous but also very rhythmical. It is perfect for the image I would like to give my new collection.

R: Cast your mind back… what did you feel the very first time you set foot in Paris?
 I thought I was in the perfect place to express something I had been wanting to communicate for 30 years. But at the same time, I was a little afraid because the French can be fairly cold — very different from the Italians I was used to associating with on a daily basis before coming to Paris.