Year in Fashion: They Said It

Fashion's highly quotable crowd was at it again.

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I live by astrology. I am a Libra. I can’t make up my mind. We never find a balance. We like it all.” — Donna Karan, discussing her zodiac-inspired handbag line; Jan. 10

“Mostly I like that they [my Bottega Veneta sunglasses] cost $400….I just got two new cars. I paid cash for both of them. One was a Range Rover; the other was a Cielo AMG Mercedes. They cost $112,000 and $109,000. Next, I’m getting a Lamborghini. I’ll pay cash for that, too, and get it over with. I’m going to have, like, 10 cars by the time I’m done, and I’ll pay for all of them up front. Credit just gets you f---ed up. I don’t care if it costs me $600 to fill up my tanks. I’m gonna have six cars with $600 worth of gas and I’ll just go on overseas and buy my gas by the barrel.” — Music producer Terius Nash, Jan. 10

“What would I rather be doing? I’d rather be doing anything other than talking about what I’d rather be doing.” — Casey Affleck at the National Board of Review awards, Jan. 17

“I think the people react too fast and scare themselves. People who start the day thinking about catastrophes have no chance at the end of the day. I wake up in the morning so happy to be alive and healthy.” — Max Azria, Jan. 31

“Tommy Tune interviewed me this morning for Interview. I think I was in heaven for a minute.” — Brooke Shields, Feb. 6

I had Gucci and UNICEF on my side, so that helped. It’s pretty chic, isn’t it?— Madonna, at the U.N. fund-raiser concert for Malawi; Feb. 8

“The women’s business is the craziest business in the world and it’s been hard for us to get out of the gate, but we’ll get there. When we do, it’s going to be big.” — Sean “Diddy” Combs, after not showing his women’s collection on the runway as promised; Feb. 11

“He was hip when everyone else was still hep.” — Sidney Kimmel about Max Raab in Raab’s obituary, Feb. 25

“My life’s dream has been to promote self-esteem for women and wellness for the entire family. Through the Wal-Mart stores and Web site, I can reach more people and affect more lives than in any other venue.” — Norma Kamali, on her deal to create a line with Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; Feb. 28

“I have to admit that Domenico is much more of a soccer fan than I am. However, when you go to a game and see an architect, a politician, a lawyer, a worker — young and old together — you realize how important soccer is culturally and thus it’s something that interests me and something I need to be involved in.” — Stefano Gabbana, on Dolce & Gabbana’s affiliation with the AC Milan soccer club; Feb. 13

How long does fashion week last? Is it really a week?— Amy Winehouse, March 3

“My publicist just called me a dork. Doesn’t she know I’m the sexiest woman alive?” — Charlize Theron, March 13

It’s like a sculpture you can walk in.— Karl Lagerfeld, on the Chanel Mobile Art pavilion in Hong Kong; March 14

“Some woman just asked me to make her wedding dress. I took one look at her ring and was like, ‘Let’s go, girl!’” — Newly minted “Project Runway” winner Christian Siriano, March 14

“I make these clothes as if they are unisex. I mean, some of the clothes are clearly just for girls, you won’t see me wearing a dress or anything, but I do like to wear a slimmer jean.” — Fall Out Boy Pete Wentz, on the line he’s designing for Nordstrom; March 20

“Temptation has to be permanent.” — Karl Lagerfeld, April 7

“It’s fascinating to me, because in England we don’t have campaign contributions, we don’t have primary elections. Rupert Murdoch just decides.” — Tracy Ullman, April 7

“Of course, I’m still in love with fashion and couture. But I think today they have to share other areas. Fashion for me is just a little bit over. That’s why I like to have some new blood by working in hotels, theater and other projects inherent in art…. Life is short. Sometimes you have to be a workaholic.” — Christian Lacroix, April 15

“Women’s apparel at Kmart looked like a big bazaar.” — Lisa Schultz, Kmart; April 15

“Money is an extraordinary club. It’s a global club, and money talks very loudly. And business runs the world, whether we like it or not.” — Rita Clifton, Interbrand consultants; April 22

She’s the biz. — Paul McCartney, about his daughter Stella, at a show of her collection in Liverpool; June 3

“I think it’s beautiful they’re finally coming together. That is family power.” — Yoko Ono, at the McCartney show and concert in Liverpool; June 3

“When you’re just getting started, you take whatever you can get. Starving had no appeal to me.” — Actress Margaret Colin, June 17

“At the end of the day, sentiment is sentiment, and people want these things that people have always had. It just might be Mike and Jack instead of Mike and Mary.” — California jeweler Neil Lane on same-sex marriages’ impact on business, June 18
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