Year in Fashion: They Said It

Fashion's highly quotable crowd was at it again.

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“How do we compete [on] a peanuts budget with Ralph Lauren, who does 140 [ad] pages in The New York Times? The greatest ad you can have is having people wearing the clothes, which starts with Matilda the housewife or Matilda the secretary.” — Bud Konheim of Nicole Miller, on product placement; June 18

“Had I been tall and blonde I might have gotten more roles and made tons of money, but then I probably also would have gotten hooked on drugs and ruined my career by now.” — Salma Hayek, June 19

“I’m a girl. I’m weak in front of beautiful dresses.” — Natalia Vodianova, at the Valentino exhibition in Paris; June 19

“One of the things I have not liked in the past two administrations is this extraordinary inner-house awe for their president. You know, I loved Reagan, but he was a man and he was flawed and I wrote about that in my first book. I am astonished that the Bush people are so robotic. I am astonished that if you ever criticize your guy, he will banish you from the kingdom.” — Peggy Noonan, June 20

“When you figure out your suitcase, you figure out your life.” — Diane von Furstenberg, June 20

“To be dressed in clothes produced by Russian designers has become hip, not outdated. Before, these were clothes someone with a lot of money would never wear.” — Anna Lebsak-Kleimans, Fashion Consulting Group of Moscow; July 3

“Chanel doesn’t do country-western.” — O.J. Shansby, July 8

“It’s less hard-core than New York, which is still my city. I’m just having a love affair with San Francisco.” — Koos van den Akker, July 17

“I was hoping for someone with a more developed pectoral region and more chiseled features for the part of the editor. But in a pinch, Jeff [Bridges] will just have to do.” — Graydon Carter, editor in chief of Vanity Fair, on the casting for his character in “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People”; Sept. 12

I’ve never been banned before, It’s very rock ’n’ roll; I kind of like it.” — Eva Mendes, on the controversy around her appearing nude in Calvin Klein fragrance ads; Sept. 12

“We can afford to be patient. We will have five to seven years in red figures, but you have to feed the cow before it gives milk.” — Heinz Krogner, ceo of Esprit on the brand’s U.S. plan; Sept. 18

“The future of fashion is sleeveless. Who needs sleeves anymore? You need to be able to move and be comfortable. To layer. Seasons don’t exist like they used to. Now it’s cold in summer and hot in winter. Things have changed. Fashion needs to look forward.” — Pierre Cardin, Sept. 25

I’m not Valentino and I’m not retiring.” — Suzy Menkes at a party marking her 20 years at the International Herald Tribune, Sept. 29

“We haven’t been on vacation in two years or something like that. We’ve been holed up in the house taking care of babies.” — Jennifer Lopez, on attending Domenico Dolce’s 50th birthday party in Milan with husband Marc Anthony; Sept. 30

“The only restriction I’ve given him is that I must be able to move easily. If I have to concern myself with a dress sleeve or a sequin or things coming out that shouldn’t — that’s a problem.” — Tina Turner, on her stage costumes by Bob Mackie; Sept. 30

“I have been a designer for a lot longer than many of them have been journalists. I find it strange to speak with a kid with an earring here and a piercing there who comes in front of me and judges me.” — Giorgio Armani, Oct. 27

[Since] John McCain is unlikely to give two gay hoots about my gay civil rights, I’m going with the good-looking one. Apart from being the right candidate, Mr. Obama looks better in a suit, which can only be a good thing.” — Simon Doonan, Barneys New York; Nov. 4

“Remember where you came from and how important that is, and that will sustain you.” — André Leon Talley, Nov. 3

“I am the Yves Saint Laurent girl, for a long time and forever.” — Betty Catroux, Nov. 3

“If you had $50 million and you’ve got $15 million left, you’ll still drink expensive whiskey and Champagne and smoke expensive cigarettes, and you won’t stop buying dresses for your wife as long as they don’t cost more than 35,000 euros [$44,600].” — Russian businessman Andrei Foman, on the economic downturn; Nov. 4

“When you see things on television, you don’t know if it’s true. I wanted to see it with my eyes and touch it myself.” — Donatella Versace, visiting the site of the earthquake in Sanjiang, China; Nov. 12

“The number-one role of the boss or the leader is to manage your people in a way that it’s their company. I see company after company after company where the boss does not understand that he or she is one of thousands. If they don’t like you, or if they think that you’re a nutcase, you’re going to be dead.” — Allen I. Questrom, Nov. 12

“People who know me know how much I love television. I used to absolutely love ‘Wheel of Fortune’ when I was here in America. I used to run home at 7:30 and used to tell everybody that I had a class. Watching ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ I discovered America.” — Alber Elbaz, Nov. 12

“In our country, for 70 years we really had nothing. It was a Communist country and everybody had to be equal. Everybody had to be in gray. Everybody had to be the same. People were afraid to be different.” — Alla Verber of Russia’s Mercury Distribution, Nov. 12

“One of the hallmarks of great leadership is communication and the ability to make complicated subjects easy to understand.” — Roger Farah, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nov. 12

“Shame on us.” — Financial adviser Suze Orman, Nov. 14
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