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They Are Saying: 05/24/2014

WWD's week in quotes, culled from stories that ran the week of May 19 to May 23.

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“Once in a lifetime — it’s never to be repeated. You blink, you miss it.” — Michael Burke, chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton, on showing the house’s cruise collection on the square in front of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco.

 

“Mainland Chinese visitors coming to Macau stay for two to two-and-a-half days and are in the mood to shop.” — Benjamin Vuchot, region president for Asia North at DFS Group, on the retail outlook in Macau.

 

“It may have taken us a bit longer to get into Asia, but we’ve been thoughtful about it." — Alex Bolen, chief executive officer of Oscar de la Renta, as the brand’s runway show that closed the Audi Fashion Festival, one of Singapore’s biggest fashion events.

 

“It’s a very friendly evening, but it’s still early.” — Sylvester Stallone attending the Vanity Fair Giorgio Armani party at Cannes.

 

“A true hero of fashion. She held no prisoners, and had a voice that all looked to in our industry. [She] inspired and created some of the greatest talents in fashion. No one will ever replace [her] because [she was] a true one off. What a lady.” — Stella McCartney on Louise Wilson, who died at the age of 52.

 

“I’m a massive fan of the brand. I grew up working at a sneaker store when I was 16 and am a huge sneakerhead. It’s so cool that I’m able to do this with a brand that I sold when I was younger.” — Rita Ora on teaming up with Adidas on a new line.

 

"Growing up it was exactly my style. It was sexy and it was flirty and there was something cheeky about it." — Chrissy Teigen on being named the new face of XOXO’s fall ad campaign.

 

“We are entering a new phase that I would call new normal — a more stable and healthy growth trend.” — Claudia D’Arpizio, a partner at Bain & Co., noting that she expected growth in the luxury goods sector between 4 and 6 percent at constant exchange over the next few years.

 

“What’s next for me? I don’t know, so I’m in exactly the same boat as many of you. Like you, I’m a little scared but also a little excited.” — former NYT executive editor Jill Abramson giving the commencement address at Wake Forest University.

 

“I’m a really big fan of MAC and have been since before I could really afford it. When they approached me, I jumped at the chance. It’s rare that you find a brand that feels so perfect. I hate weird product placements and endorsements that feel uncomfortable.” — singer Lorde on her new limited-edition MAC Cosmetics collection.

 

“For investors to get returns, the only way to see a return on investment is probably to go public or sell the company. That’s true of any company. We have no plans to do either at this point." — J. Crew Group chairman and chief executive officer Millard “Mickey” Drexler speaking as the company opened new stores in China.

 

“I remember back in the Seventies when my sister and Jennifer Connelly would model for our children’s shows, and then we stopped for almost 30 years, so this is fun.” — David Lauren backstage before Ralph Lauren’s fall kids’ show at the New York Public Library.

 

“It really gets my engines running." — Suki Waterhouse attending Chopard's party at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

“Raf is very successful with Italians, they like modernity, with a couture spirit, and thanks to Raf, we are having a strong impact in Italy,” — Christian Dior ceo Sidney Toledano on opening a boutique in Florence.

 

“I’m not selling celebrity, I’m selling fashion. We’ve graduated at this point. We own fashion-tainment. I don’t want to run from who I am. That’s what makes it exciting, but from Day One I was building a brand. I was never doing a celebrity clothing line.” — Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs on his menswear brand.

 

“I think you should always push the boundaries as far as you can, while still being respectful to the event.” — Simon Robins, stylist for Matthew McConaughey, on red carpet style for men.

 

“When I go into the stores, I pet the saddles. Until security comes and takes me away.” — Jodi Foster at the Hermès’ “All About Women” event.

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