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They Are Saying: 06/11/2014

WWD's day in quotes from today's edition.

"I’ve always thought of beauty as such a sensational part of being a woman. It’s that moment that you have with yourself. It’s the last touch, and the last step." — Maria Sharapova on signing as the face of the new fragrance, Avon Luck.
 
 
“In fashion, we always feel like we are doing the marathon. We are running, running and running, and we are burning no calories.” — Alber Elbaz talking fashion at the FIT gala honoring Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo.
 
“Denim was the only area where I was limited as far as a non-compete was concerned, but it wasn’t where I wanted to go anyway. I’ve had a plan for five years to do what I’m going to do now." — Jeff Rudes, who stepped down from J Brand, on his plans to launch a new collection in fall 2015.
 
“Think of the diversity of main street — of a luxury shop sitting near a vintage shop [that’s] near a collectibles shop. [That’s] the community that main street has provided for a long time in the U.S. We’re all a little different in our styles but we often have those pieces that we’ve coveted paired with things [that are] more everyday. That is what we aspire to have available.” — Mike Effle, president of 11 Main, a multicategory e-commerce destination which is the first foray into the U.S. consumer market by Chinese Web giant, Alibaba.
 
“Knit denim — lightweight, functional denim — is the denim industry’s response to the [challenge of the] yoga business.” — Neil Bell, global material fabric and fiber innovation director at Levi Strauss & Co.
 
“Fifteen years ago, the malls were the new channel and urban department stores had to adjust to that. Well, now you’re dealing with the fact that the Internet and mobile have reduced the friction for e-commerce. And so e-commerce has become the real deal. It’s here to stay. So the challenge is, how do you evolve and adjust as a retailer in order to serve your customer.” — Michael Koppel, Nordstrom executive cfo, on his company investing in technology to keep up with a changing market.
 
“They asked me to do [the movie] before I knew anything about it. And I said, ‘Well, let me look at it and see,’” he said. “I went and saw three different versions, in Nevada, San Francisco and here, on Broadway, and I kind of got what I thought made it tick — at least in my mind, anyways — and so I settled down to do it.” — Clint Eastwood on directing the movie, “Jersey Boys.”
 
“I wanted to create a space that was timeless, with a strong connection between art, fashion and all the creative disciplines, and with sculptural, graphic and architectural elements.” — Roksanda Ilincic on opening her first retail store in London.
 
“I’ve lost, but I also gained a lot. I’m a creative person, and no one can take that away from me. I’ve been told I committed professional suicide because it was the only escape from the terrible pressures I was facing. What do you think?” — John Galliano at a Q&A with French psychiatrist Boris Cyrulnik in French newsweekly Le Poin.
 
“We have to have a lot to drink and dance a lot. Then maybe I’ll get back on the mic.” — Victoria Beckham at a dinner in her honor thrown by Net-a-porter.
 
“It’s easygoing and refined at the same time, which is what I’m going for. Though I don’t always succeed.” — Maggie Gyllenhaal, wearing Chloe while attending the opening of brand’s newly-renovated store on Madison Ave.
 
“Hong Kong is the most convenient place for Mainlanders to travel, but they are not restricted to Hong Kong anymore.” — Nicola Ko, from Ledburry Research, on the influx of tourists from Mainland China into Hong Kong.

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