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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“The American public wants their performers totally stripped down and vulnerable so they can go ‘Look at that idiot.’ I can’t say these are great times for young artists. There’s no longevity. Lady Gaga? I just don’t see any of the stuff lasting for very long.

“If I have to trade 20 minutes of material for a world of peace, I’ll be glad to sacrifice it. After eight years of the Bush administration, I’d be thrilled never to have to mention any of those people’s names again. When comedians have run out of material on that level, it’s a healthy sign.” — Sandra Bernhard, June 4

“We’re eternally unsatisfied, but we like to pursue perfection, knowing it doesn’t exist.” — Domenico Dolce, June 18

“The number of potential customers is the same: the number of customers who are ordering is less.” — Bruno Pavlovsky, president of fashion at Chanel, on the couture, July 6

“Robert was a big believer in [the notion] if you make something beautiful, people will become beautiful and behave beautifully.” — Bette Midler, about floral designer Robert Isabell, in his obituary, July 10

“The luxury business as we know it, well, you can throw that out the window. The model that we used for many years is gone and it’s a new day.”— Wally Naymon, Kilgore Trout, July 16

“The moon era has arrived — it brings new dimension in art, creation and thoughts.” — Pierre Cardin, quoted from 1969 in a retrospective for the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, July 20

“The problem with magazines is that the businesses magazines do business with are not doing as much business.” — Tom Florio, Vogue, July 23

“This has been a very big year for roadkill.” — Larry Penney, East Hampton Department of Natural Resources, on the local varmint problem, July 28

“Every day what I do as a journalist is being questioned. And that’s all great, because otherwise there’s no way to hear that kind of feedback.” — Jack Tapper, ABC News, on tweeting, July 29

“The biggest thing was not to overdo it. It’s important we don’t do ‘Hair.’ We didn’t want to make everybody look like they were art-directed hippies.” — Director Ang Lee, on his film “Taking Woodstock,” July 30

“When you do the math, apparel is bigger than the auto industry, but where is our ‘cash for clunkers’ bailout? Where’s ‘cash for clothes’?” — Marshal Cohen, The NPD Group, Aug. 31

“Even as appetites for news and information grow, newsrooms are closing. Despite the big stories of our era, serious journalists find themselves all too often without a beat. Just as the news cycle has shrunk, so has the bottom line. And too often, we fill that void with celebrity gossip and softer stories that Walter disdained, rather than the hard news and investigative journalism he championed.” — President Obama, speaking at Walter Cronkite’s memorial service, Sept. 10

“It just took on a life all its own. Well, I do have good taste, I do have good taste.” — Aretha Franklin, on her Luke Song Inauguration hat, Sept. 16

“When you ask people about their clothes, what they do is tell you about their lives.” — Delia Ephron, Sept. 24

“Barbie has a long history of working with various designers and artists who use Barbie as a muse. It was a natural for Barbie, not only with her fashion heritage, but also because of her passion for shoes. She has a billion shoes and we needed to do something special for her shoe collection.” — Stephanie Cota, Mattel, Oct. 16

“[Tonight,] I had no gloves, and the outfit needed gloves. So Nicky [Formichetti] decided to paint me white. That’s what happens when you don’t have the right accessory.” — Lady Gaga, at the Accessories Council Excellence Awards, Nov. 4

“I really admire people who earn money and part with their hard-earned money for my product.” — Stella McCartney, at the WWD CEO Summit, Nov. 10

“This isn’t nuclear science. Don’t deliver fall clothes until back-to-school, when the leaves start to change in September. It’s about to get cold out. When it’s cold, let’s warm the customer.…They hype a movie when it’s hitting the theaters. People get excited; they go see it.” — Donna Karan, at the WWD CEO Summit, Nov. 11

“Over the years, I’ve learned to trust my instincts. Sometimes they’re right; sometimes they’re wrong. But I can sleep at night and always do a better job in the morning if I just go with my gut, my heart.” — Marc Jacobs, at the WWD CEO Summit, Nov. 17

“What can I say? An Oscar would be an incredible crowning for an emperor.” — Valentino, on learning that “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” was on the shortlist of the Oscar nominations for best documentary, Nov. 20

“First of all, if you lived in New York at that time, there was no way you could not meet Andy Warhol. He was everywhere; he was like parsley.” — Diane von Furstenberg, on first meeting Andy Warhol, Nov. 20

“I’m speechless with anger.…But it seems no one is interested in the future of Lacroix in such a cynical world where the word ‘fashion’ doesn’t have the same meaning as mine.” — Christian Lacroix, on the decision to turn his fashion house into a licensing operation, Dec. 2


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