They Said It: Quips And Quotes From 2009

Celebrities and designers alike had lots to say this year. Here, a look back.

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Jennifer Lopez in A.L.C.

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“The Target thing was not dumb at all. That was the smartest thing. I remember when I did my first show where I had, like, $3 things mixed with $3,000 things. I was going to call it ‘bipolar shopping disorder’ and the people at Target were like, ‘Oh. Could you call it something else?’” — Isaac Mizrahi, Jan. 7

“My instinct is always escapism. People need an escape, life is tough enough.” — Stylist Rachel Zoe, Jan. 9

“When the economy changes, it’s not like you want to start eating bad-tasting chocolate.” — Olivier Theyskens, Jan. 13

“People still have money. It’s very targeted to the thing they want. If you don’t have what they want, if you’re off by 1/30th of an inch, forget it….I’m not convinced that [consumers] are going to have this same immediate desire to go right back to consumption and debt.”— H. Lee Scott, Wal-Mart, at the NRF convention, Jan. 13

“The recession will create a very different economy when we come out of it than the one we had when we went into it. Real wages are up 6 percent since July. Consumers have the means to spend, they just don’t have the will.” — Carl Steidtmann, Deloitte, at the NRF convention, Jan. 13

“Berlin is always in a recession. We never have money in this city and we get by. Actually, the rest of the world is now following Berlin.” — Premium founder Anita Tillmann, Jan. 21

“It’s a cult thing.” — Ralph Lauren, on the $1,350 price tag for special edition RRL jeans only in his Tokyo store, Feb. 5

“Let me fluff up my hair and look fabulous.” — Sharon Stone, Feb. 10

“I’ve been told I need to apologize to some people, including Saks. I implied that they sell cheap merchandise. They have bargains, but the merchandise is of great quality.” — Tom Hanks, Feb. 12

“Well, sometimes I wear things with bugle beads.” — Liza Minnelli, asked if she ever wears anything without sequins, Feb. 14

“[The media] talks too much, demands too much and advises too much. I think everyone needs to get back in line.” — Giorgio Armani, Feb. 17

“What? Is all black going to help the economy?” — Marc Jacobs, on his colorful fall collection, Feb. 18

“I say do what makes you happy and wear what you want because the only thing that really matters is if your mother calls you up the next day and says, ‘What were you wearing?’” — Jennifer Lopez, on the Oscars red carpet, Feb. 18

“Why isn’t Michelle [Obama] texting me? When she was raising money for her husband’s campaign, girlfriend was in communication 100 times a day. Now I am watching the show of the guy who designed her inaugural gown and…nothing.” — Lynn Yaeger, blogging about the Jason Wu show on, Feb. 20

“When we did the Paris collections together, we would limp home at the end of the day, but there was still something going on at night. I would fall into bed and Nonnie would change her clothes and go out. It was constant curiosity that always kept her going.” — Edie Locke, former Mademoiselle editor in chief on legendary fashion editor Nonnie Moore, in Moore’s obituary, Feb. 20


“Fashion lives the same type of climate [as art], the same changes. We’re always in the trenches, always caught up with novelty.” — Luigi Maramoti, Max Mara, Feb. 26

“This [economic] crisis isn’t my fault. I have to be who I am. This is hard. It’s old McQueen, aggressive McQueen. In this business, you have to be aggressive and have aggressive feelings.” — Alexander McQueen, before his ready-to-wear show in Paris, March 12

“I learned that money was the key to happiness.” — Suze Orman, on what effect growing up poor had on her, March 20

“Great. Finally an author who knows she can’t write.” — Book agent Binky Urban, about Suze Orman, March 20

“The only thing important to me is making clothes.” — Rei Kawakubo, April 13

“I don’t think our customers are the kind of people who are going [to say], ‘I want the Michelle Obama dress,’ but the fact that she wears these designers legitimizes the purchase they’re making.” — Brian Bolke, co-owner of Forty Five Ten in Dallas, on the First Lady’s retail impact, May 18


“The intersection of creativity and commerce is about more than economic stimulus. It’s about who we are as people.” — Michelle Obama, at the reopening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s American Wing, May 19


“We were traveling in China for a few days and you can still see a lot of dynamism and optimism. Was in the U.S. last week and it’s a completely different picture. It’s why we’re happy to be here today.” — Bernard Arnault at Hong Kong’s Le French May arts festival, May 26

“I think the women are better than the men. I think if I were a woman here, I would be a lesbian.” — Karl Lagerfeld on his first trip to Moscow, June 1

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