The Year in Fashion: They Said It

Quoting the quotable from 2011.

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“I’m getting lucky tonight.”
— Sting, surrounded by socials at the Evelyn Lauder Breast Cancer Research Foundation gala; April 18

“My dearest and most treasured friend Sting is so sick, but refused not to come. He’s in a terrible state. I’m the reserve act, if something happens.”
— Elton John, April 18

“Statistics will tell you one thing, but behavior is not a number. That never shows up in customer market research.”
— Christine Day, ceo, Lululemon; April 21

“I am very interested in violence. I’m always shocked, living on the Upper East Side, at how much violence there is.”
— Author Molly Jong-Fast, April 25

“Savor the moment. There’s a tendency when people get married to rush down the aisle as soon as the ceremony has ended. I’m not sure if it’s relief or what. But you have to remember the guests spend most of the time looking at your back during the service.…Take your time when walking back down the aisle. Let them see the dress.”
— Vera Wang, offering her wedding-day rules; April 25

“I have no guilt. Whatever I do, I enjoy and it’s the point. I think if you start to feel guilty about it, that’s a problem. So, no guilty pleasures. I have pleasure and no guilt at all.”
— Le Bernadin chef Eric Ripert, on whether he has guilty pleasures; April 26

“It all started with that absolute dreadful creature Ronald Reagan…who came along and persuaded the whole nation that it was all right to be selfish, that it was an American virtue to be selfish. And all of these Tea Party-ites wouldn’t exist if it hadn’t been for Reagan as their trailblazer.…I’ll tell you what’s scary. Just one step beyond, and it will be early Nazi Germany. If the Tea Party, which already has a huge majority in the House, should also capture the Senate, you might start seeing sanctioned violence.”
— Literary critic Harold Bloom, April 26

“Just the other day, Matt Damon — I love Matt Damon! Love the guy — said that he was disappointed in my performance. Well, Matt, I just saw ‘The Adjustment Bureau…’”
— President Obama at the White House Correspondents Dinner; May 1

“He didn’t have rote opinions. He would digest ideas. [If I asked a question], I knew there was no pedantic response, it would be a wise response.”
— Jennifer Grant about her father, Cary Grant; May 3

“Sometimes, because they’re so great, they can be a tiny bit arrogant, but that’s OK, I forgive them.”
— Faye Dunaway on the French, May 13


“At MoMA, my favorite [work] to see is the Pollocks. The ferocity of it and the recklessness of it, and the abandon of it and the beauty of it. I wish I could do with words what he did with paint.”

— Author James Frey, May 13


“Most men don’t like to dance; they only dance to get sex. But I like to dance.”

—George Zimmer, Men’s Wearhouse, June 2

“I left off a conversation with him. I think it was about saxophones and about which are the best reeds to use. And he gave me some tips. He’s a musician, you know? We talk music. I mean, he’s a rocker.”
— Keith Richards about Bill Clinton; June 13

“We are putting our boat in the winds of growth. If you are competing for the America’s Cup and have a beautiful, sophisticated boat with a great crew, but there is no wind where you are, then it’s difficult to win the race.…Now, we have a lot of wind in our sails.”
— Fabrizio Freda, on charting a course for the Estée Lauder Cos.; June 17

“I didn’t want to do it, because a retrospective usually follows your funeral and I’m still alive, but Nathalie Bondil [director and chief curator at the MMFA] convinced me. The purpose is to show what I want to say through clothes. It is to make clothes that you will love and wear. It’s a good way to show my themes.”
— Jean Paul Gaultier on his retrospective in Montreal; June 17

“I am almost 89, you know. I might be alert for another two, three years, but after that, I’ll be a little bit senile.”
— Pierre Cardin, June 24

“As any working mum out there knows, it really is like juggling glass balls when you’ve got the kids and a husband to look after, and you’re passionate about your career. It’s a lot. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
— Victoria Beckham, June 30

“I thought the [tennis] clothes we wore back in the day were great. I always liked the short shorts, but nobody seems to agree with me.”
— John McEnroe, June 30

“Nothing surprises me, particularly men and their propensity to be fools. I’ve done it myself at different points; people do it all the time. What would Chaucer have written about if men were perfect? Why would we have ever invented the blues in this country if men were perfect?”
— Pete Hamill, June 30

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