The Year in Fashion: They Said It

Quoting the quotable from 2011.

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“I uncovered all of these things that I couldn’t believe…a letter from Jackie Kennedy saying, ‘Women’s Wear is coming after me for buying French designers,’ and Ms. Lambert is writing on the letter, ‘Well, are you? Don’t lie. They will catch you, but I will help you out and give you talking points.’”
— Author John Tiffany on research for his book, “Eleanor Lambert: Still Here”; July 5

“At home, life was quite normal. I was a big fan of Hitchcock and Grace Kelly, and I was always thinking, ‘I’m so proud because my mother looks so much like Grace Kelly.’ It took me a while to realize that [my parents] had those public lives.”
— Chiara Mastroianni, about growing up as the daughter of Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve; Aug. 9

“Brazil is getting to be like Italy — very stylish and a love of life, and they are willing to pay for it.”
—Ralph Lauren, Aug. 17

“I think a lot more people are into simplicity and contemporary, a minimalist approach. Then Lady Gaga came along and she makes Rihanna look like a minimalist.”
— Maria Sharapova, Aug. 29

“I have to love the perfume, otherwise I can’t bulls--t my way through selling it.”
— Betsey Johnson, Sept. 2

“I always said that I don’t know many designers who can put the same dress on Lil’ Kim and Sigourney Weaver.”
— Michael Kors, talking about his range of customers; Sept. 2

“Without curiosity, nothing happens — it’s at the basis of any discovery and evolution.”
— Carla Sozzani, 10 Corso Como, Sept. 9

WWD: Is there anyone’s style you look up to?
Justin Bieber:
Yeah, Kanye West. Usher’s real cool. He knows way more about fashion than I do. I’m learning from him. He helps me put stuff together and find different designers who I’ve never heard of. I just got a pair of Fendi sunglasses. I’d never heard of them before. I like Louis [as in Vuitton]. I started wearing their belts and stuff, which I really like [lifting his jacket to reveal an “LV” belt buckle].
— Sept. 10

“[My parents] …help me a lot with my company [the Project 360 clothing line]. My dad helps me a lot with my business side, and my mom and my grandparents [the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver] had a huge influence with the charitable component and the idea of
giving back.”
— Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sept. 14



“I know fashion week, but this is a little intense.”
— Justin Timberlake, front row at Oscar de la Renta; Sept. 14.

“He’s got butt-holding and hand-holding at the same time, it’s quite a skill.”
— Melissa George, about Russell Simmons, at Donna Karan’s after party; Sept. 15

“I have to tell you this: I am a huge fan of Sarah Palin. Cause she’s rad. She’s shrewd. She’s cool. Because at the end of the day, I’m for the people, because this is the United States of America…this is what America’s really about. Anyone should have the right to say, ‘Look I can do the job and this is what qualifies me to do the job.’.…Now my wife probably will debate and disagree with me.”
— Wyclef Jean, at Donna Karan’s after party; Sept. 15

“I can’t say enough about Donna Karan. She’s been my friend for 20 years and she makes me look like I am passive in my passion for Haiti.”
— Bill Clinton, at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting; Sept. 20

“On one side, I am a daughter working with her father, which is an incredibly remarkable experience in life no matter who your father is. It’s also quite an emotional thing. On another side, I know and understand I am working with Paul McCartney.”
— Stella McCartney, on her collaboration with her father on the “Ocean’s Kingdom” ballet at Lincoln Center; Sept. 21

“Winning is fun.”
— Tom Brady, at the opening a Ermenegildo Zegna’s Boston store; Sept. 22

“I love reality TV. It taught me a great deal, that people are rude and embarrassing, swear at the parents. I didn’t know guys did this, it’s amazing to me. The [famously dysfunctional] Jacksons are quite perfect compared to the families you see on television. They’re like angels.”
— La Toya Jackson, Sept. 23

“Life is not a cocktail party.”
— Karl Lagerfeld, Sept. 23

“I’m the new hot designer for soccer moms.”
— Red Carter, upon his company being acquired by Amerex; Sept. 26

“I am disgusted. I have no other words. I am disgusted and embarrassed: How can Italy tolerate Silvio Berlusconi and his bevy of girls?”
— Anna Wintour, quoted from an interview in La Repubblica newspaper; Sept. 26

“It used to be a man buying a trophy to give to another trophy.…Now the woman is becoming the customer and buying pieces for herself.”
— Alain Nemarq, Mauboussin, Sept. 26

“I apologize for the heat. Disrobing is an accepted form of behavior this evening.”
— amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole at an overly warm event; Sept. 28

“There’s times when I look back and say, ‘What was I thinking?’ But walking out the door, I make sure that I’m confident and that I’m owning what I’m wearing.”
— Fergie, Oct. 3

“I’m lucky to be able to drive race cars and still get made up. It’s a win-win.”
— Danica Patrick, Oct. 4

“Most of all, my mother was a patriot. She believed that her time in the White House was the greatest privilege of her life and worked hard to be worthy of the honor. She loved my father and her courage brought this country together after his death. And when it was all over, she resumed her life as a private citizen, a status she cherished.”
 — Caroline Kennedy, Oct. 17

“I don’t like to look at myself in the mirror, which is why my eye makeup is always crooked.”
— Daphne Guinness, Nov. 4

“I like the idea of being remembered not only for my clothes, and I like to bring an element of luxury that adds prestige to the city.”
— Giorgio Armani, opening a Milan hotel, Nov. 11.

“You don’t sell fragrance on intellect. You sell fragrance on your nose. It’s an immediate response. You either like it or you don’t. It’s like food — you either like beets or you don’t. Leonard still can’t get me to drink beer.”
— Evelyn Lauder, quoted in her obituary; Nov. 15

WWD: How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa Claus?
Lady Gaga:
I still believe in Santa. He’s for sure around. He and the Easter Bunny. I’ve hung out with them and Jesus Christ a few times.
— Nov. 23

“When Hillary Clinton said it takes a village, I’m not sure she realized it also applies to apparel retailing.”
— Gary Schoenfeld, PacSun, Dec. 9

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