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The Year in Fashion: They Said It

Fashion's most quoteable, at it again.

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“Luxury sells well, but I always thought it was good to have something more basic that is of value as well.”
— Jean Paul Gaultier, Jan. 2

“Everyone chooses to mess up their life in a certain way whether by taking too many drugs or too few drugs. Or there are vegans who smoke a pack of Camels a day and get tattooed, but they don’t think about the toxins of getting a tattoo...I want people to think of George Burns, Jimmy Durante, someone who really can’t sing.”
— Isaac Mizrahi, describing his chit-chat/cabaret show; Jan. 4

“The only thing the media really can get in the way of is my privacy. Privately, yeah, it’s a pain in the ass, but at the same time they help me to get my message across.”
­— Rihanna, after her runway bow in London for the Rihanna for River Island show; Feb. 20

“I gave up on perfectionism long ago. When you become a mom, it’s whatever — the house doesn’t really look that great, the plants are dead, you know, the dogs sh-t all over the house. You know, I realized I can’t live like my friend Calvin [Klein]. He lives in perfectionism. I live in chaos. I don’t know anything else.”
— Vera Wang, Feb. 21

“I always feel comfortable, basically in any situation except perhaps airports. I feel insecure because of the process. You never know how long they are going to let you stand with your shoes off, if they are going to throw away your most expensive cream because it’s 120 ml. as opposed to 100 ml., it always happens to me.”
— André Leon Talley, Feb. 28

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From the Macy’s vs. Martha Stewart/ J.C. Penney trial:

“All of them are charming, but charm can come from sincerity or it can come from something else. The court will have the ability to assess their candor…respect for their employees, respect for the law.”
— Macy’s attorney Theodore Grossman, describing Ron Johnson, Terry Lundgren and Martha Stewart in his opening argument; Feb. 21

 “The contract is where this case lives,” Epstein said. “If Macy’s wins, the consumer loses competitive choices and competitive pricing.”
— Mark Epstein, lawyer for Penney’s, in his opening argument; Feb. 21

“We own all trademarks. We own all the designs. This would be like Macy’s taking credit for Thanksgiving because they supported the parade.”
— Eric Seiler, MSLO attorney, in his opening argument; Feb. 21

“We were, we were, we were friends. I told my team to prioritize her business.… This is a very important business to us. I don’t have an answer of what to do if I don’t have Martha Stewart brands in our home [division]. I don’t have a substitute. …I don’t have a personal relationship with Martha Stewart. I haven’t responded to her since that phone call and I don’t intend to.”
— Terry Lundgren, March 25

“[Martha Stewart] was upset [with her seat at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade]. She wanted to sit under the Grand Marquee.…We heard from her fairly late, [I scrambled to] find her the next best seat” near the Marquee area “I could find.”
— Martine Reardon, Macy’s executive; Feb. 27

“My perception going in was that the business was going to be very challenged as a result of Martha’s incarceration. …I felt that we needed to take Martha Stewart upmarket.”
— Robin Marino, former co-ceo of MSLO, Feb. 28

“[The] Macy’s deal is key. We need to find a way to break the renewal right in spring 2013.… We put Terry in a corner.”
— Penney’s ceo Ron Johnson, March 1

“I love Macy’s. I’ve shopped at Macy’s since I was a young child. Macy’s has been a fixture in our home. Macy’s has changed a lot over the years.…As a company, we couldn’t survive without growth…Macy’s is a $300 million business for MSLO. I don’t want it to go away, but I thought our business would be much bigger than $300 million after five years.”
— Martha Stewart, March 5

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“I think there was a story that Onassis had a kind of game with another Greek friend that he could get any woman he wanted. This is what we thought [of] this business with Jacqueline....It was like a joke. It was not a love affair, obviously, but also for other reasons. There are men that you can see love one woman. You can see when a man doesn’t love a woman. With Jacqueline, it was not a love affair. It was a contract, I mean, terrible.”
— Gina Lollobridgida, April 8

“[Murray Pearlstein] was a rough guy, but he had style. He was the Steve McQueen of our industry.”
— Joseph Abboud, in Pearlstein’s obituary; April 23

“You might speak French or English or German or Chinese, but in the end, we speak with the eyes. It’s an international language.”
— Alber Elbaz, April 26

“This time of day is very interesting — there’s this bright thing up in the sky I’m not familiar with.”
— Party photographer Patrick McMullan, at a luncheon; April 26

“The line is, ‘My makeup is my armor for the dramas that I always fight.’ It’s just saying that my red lipstick is almost like my mask for all the lifestyle dramas that I face, like everybody else.”
— Rita Ora, on a lyric from her song “Uneasy;” April 30

“When you know a designer whom you all admire is losing it. It’s terribly painful because you feel for them and at the same time you feel for yourself not wishing to stick the knife in.…”
— Suzy Menkes, on the most difficult reviews; May 9

“A business without a vision isn’t a business, it’s just a pastime.”
—Leonard Lauder, May 24

“The Internet is incredible, it’s a very powerful and delicate issue. You promote the company, rather than selling products, you have the entire world looking at you but you know nothing of them. And if [the content] is too sophisticated, people don’t appreciate it, it seems that more basic things are appreciated more.”
— Miuccia Prada, May 24

“The second you call yourself a lifestyle, you have access to anything.”
— Claire Distenfeld, Fivestory; May 29

“I hate nostalgia. Fashion is about now. I hate to look back. You have to look a little bit back to look forward, but it’s a business where the past doesn’t count. You’re as good as your last collection. You can do 25 great collections and if the last one was a rotten collection — you’re going to be remembered for that rotten collection.”
— Oscar de la Renta, May 31

“I love Apollo 8. That’s my favorite mission: Christmas Eve, 1968, the first time we go around the moon. It’s just so incredibly dramatic, the guy’s reading Genesis — and now in our very secular world, that seems so odd, and yet it seems so perfect — Marilyn Lovell on Christmas Day opens the door and it’s a mink coat and it’s got this card [from Jim Lovell]: ‘To Marilyn, from the Man in the Moon.’ One day humanity takes off to the stars and yet here are these incredibly human, ‘down-to-earth’ moments.”
— Lily Koppel, author of “The Astronaut Wives Club,” June 11

“We’re more social because we have more women.’’
— U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, on the justices’ activities on the D.C. social scene; June 18 

“One bow won’t hurt.”
— Viktor Horsting, on the addition of a  flourish to an austere couture collection; July 8

Oscar de la Renta is “a truly dedicated friend” who “seems to become more ardent in his friendship when you’re down,” and “an even more competitive card player than I am.”
— Bill Clinton, at the opening of a de la Renta exhibition at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center; July 10

“President Clinton plays a thousand times better than any other one playing. What drives me insane is he can be looking at the television, the newspaper, and playing cards and he still plays far better than anyone else. This year in March, we had a tournament and I won the first prize, but I still have my doubts. I think it was arranged because it was in my house.”
— Oscar de la Renta about the former president’s card-playing ability; July 10

“Lake’s dad had mixed feelings, but our friends are really into it. I got a bit of feedback, like, ‘Dude, that’s your wife naked on the cover of New York Magazine,’ but then the part of me that was a 16-year-old fat kid in high school is like, ‘Yeah. Damn right that’s my wife naked on the cover.’”
— Scott Campbell on his wife Lake Bell appearing naked on the cover of New York magazine; Aug. 21

“There’s this amazing poem called ‘The Dash,’ which talks about when you die, your tombstone will have the date you’re born and the date you die, and between it is a dash. So how do you live your dash?”
— Anya Hindmarch, Sept. 5

“What I love about riding is the freedom part. When you’re out there, no one knows that it’s you. You have a full-face helmut on, so you enjoy just being alone.”
— David Beckham, on riding a motorcycle; Sept. 15

“L.A. was a total culture shock. Everyone drives. Everyone drunk drives. You need a good bunch of friends because it is really different.”
— Actress Ashley Madekwe, Sept. 16

“My real belief is that nobody wants to run this business. You’ve got to be kidding. Who wants to buy piece goods and deal with designers? Nobody wants to do that [even though] they say they want to.”
— Bud Konheim, Nicole Miller Inc., on the potential sale of the company; Sept. 23

“New is what you do next, it’s not anything else.”
— Marc Jacobs, Oct. 3

“The young consumer lives in a digital world. Digital is like oxygen. It’s omnipresent and indispensible. It’s everywhere and it’s always on.”
— Trevor Edwards, Nike, Oct. 10

“So the average Apple store probably draws more traffic to a shopping center than any department store does.…I don’t find that at this point in my young life and probably in yours that there is a great reason to go to a department store or to a shopping center to buy a pair of jeans.”
— Leslie Wexner, Oct. 17

“We’re living in a world today where technology has taken over in many ways. People are tweeting, texting and e-mailing, and not connecting. There are very few ways for communities to come together. It happens at concerts and at sporting events. It’s pretty cool that every Sunday we have 70,000 people come into the Kraft family home in Foxborough and all pull together. It doesn’t matter what background everyone comes from, whether it’s factory workers, hedge-fund managers, greats artists in the design and fashion community — we’re all pulling for the team.”
— New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Oct. 30

“I am optimistic, if there are no asteroid impacts or nuclear wars, the luxury goods market will continue to grow over the next 30 to 50 years.”
­— consultant Armando Branchini, Nov. 11

“We have to have genius creative thoughts precisely four times a year and on exact dates. I actually write them on my calendar. I write, ‘Friday, Nov. 8. Three o’clock. Have a genius creative idea.’”
— Tom Ford, Nov. 12

“I really can’t stand to see things come back and back and back. I probably have already seen platform shoes come back three times. I’m especially shocked when something that was bad to begin with comes back. It’s as if every four years Richard Nixon is president again.”
— Fran Lebowitz, Nov. 12

“As a kid, I never felt, at first anyway, that I had made a terrible mistake by dropping out because I went to work at the Brooklyn Navy Yard as an apprentice sheet metal worker. I was 16, and you learn something from everything you do.”
— Pete Hamil, Nov. 13

“I have real friendships with some of [my fans] because some of them just see me as I am and because we’re so similar.”
— Lady Gaga, Nov. 14

“If I have a regret, it’s that I never got to work with Redford on another movie, that I never got to work with Jack [Nicholson] again.”
 — Bruce Dern at the after party for the premiere of “Nebraska,” Nov. 8

“They are here to drool.”
— La La Anthony, commenting on the men at the Victoria’s Secret show, Nov. 14

“We have always seen art and commerce not as opposing forces, but as two sides to the same coin. There is tremendous potential, and fuel in the tank.”
— Christopher Bailey, Burberry, Nov. 14

“We have not yet come up with a business model that can support much of the journalism that is important.”
— Norman Pearlstine, Time Inc., on the media industry, Nov. 15

“Due to imaging, people think I’m someone that I’m not. The innovative part of that is when you have a man who comes with a scent which I would say is more womanly, I think that’s innovative, especially when you have a man who will admit it. But that’s due to the fact that I’ve been reared by nobody but women, and those are the kinds of things that attract me.”
— Armando “Pitbull” Pérez, Nov. 15

“At Wang, there’s more of this ease and more of a chill-out vibe. There’s a living room when you walk into the store. At Balenciaga, it definitely has moments like that but I really wanted to work with the most amazing materials. It’s the ultimate luxury.”
— Balenciaga designer Alexander Wang, Nov. 15

“It’s like ‘Gone With the Wind.’”
— Rupert Everett to Karl Lagerfeld as he arrived on the Paris set of the designer’s latest movie for Chanel; Nov. 19

“People want to be in fashion. Not working in it, but to be au courant, if you will. They take great pride in it. They envision themselves. You see yourself in a woman’s magazine and you think that if you bought that dress, you’ll look like her. No you won’t, I hate to break that to you, but nevertheless.”
— Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Nov. 25

“It’s English active non-active- wear. These people never did any exercise in these suits.”
— Marcus Wainwright on Rag & Bone’s pre-fall collection; Dec. 5

“It’s good to be with people who really know art otherwise you can be overwhelmed.”
— Cindy Crawford on Art Basel in Miami, Dec. 6

“Don’t you love gossip? It’s so bad but I can’t help it!”
— Liv Tyler at a party in her honor at Stella McCartney’s SoHo store, Dec. 6

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