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They Are Saying: 08/16/2014

WWD's week in quotes, culled from stories that ran the week of August 11 to August 15.

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“The best wearable tech is often invisible. You almost don’t know it’s there. A lot of other wearables have to adopt this technology. People don’t like to walk around with things that scream ‘I’m a geek.’ They want the style they’re used to.” — Mike Bell, corporate vice president and general manager of the New Devices Group at Intel.

“But I will tell you — I’m a much better designer than I am a surfer.” — Cynthia Rowley at the premiere of “Stephanie in the Water,” a documentary about world champion surfer Stephanie Gilmore.

"I am inspired by everything, places I’ve traveled to, old films, exhibits I’ve visited and even people on the street. I can see something someone is wearing or their hair color, and design with those colors and palettes. That’s the way I design collections." — François Nars, who is celebrating twenty years in the beauty business.

"Lauren Bacall was a true American beauty. She was beautiful, bold, talented, funny, adventurous and loyal. For me she represented the best of American style!" — Diane von Furstenberg, remembering actress Lauren Bacall, who died Tuesday at age 89.

"I like wearing no makeup. That’s when I feel the most beautiful." — Model Kelsey Van Mook.

“The mood is very optimistic. For the first time since 2009, more companies expect to hire than fire.” — Thomas Klausen, chief executive officer of Dansk Fashion and Textile, the trade association for Danish textile and clothing companies.

“Emotional connection is such an important part of who we are. And that’s our goal with these fragrances,” — Tom Mora, head of J. Crew women’s design, on the brand launching fragrances.

“It has to start with the merchandise. If you don’t start with great product, we are not going to succeed,” — Tony Spring, chairman and chief executive officer of Bloomingdale’s, talking about the retailer's future.

“I would love to live in sweats.” — Joe Zee, who is taking on the additional role of Old Navy’s style ambassador this fall.

“We are a truly progressive company that has absolutely no tolerance for discrimination of any kind,” — Mark Lee, chief executive officer of Barneys

“These are our most valuable customers....They are brand enthusiasts who are excited about the brand,” — Craig A. Leavitt, chief executive officer of Kate Spade, on the brand's "splurge" customers.

“Fabric is for me one of the essential elements that make up a modern wardrobe,” — designer Neil Barrett, talking about fabric innovations in men's wear.

“All of us need to be students of the consumer,” — Brian Cornell, Target Corp.’s new chief executive officer, as quoted on Target’s Twitter account.

“Everything related to activewear is what’s driving customer interest right now,” — Durand Guion, vice president and men’s fashion director for Macy’s Inc.

“You can have everything and absolutely nothing. If you don’t have love and happiness, you have nothing." — actress Patricia Clarkson, at a New York screening of her new movie "Last Weekend."

“They still love me. I guess it’s because I am a simple person and they realize it. In the end, the word spreads that I am kind and friendly,” — Roberto Cavalli on his fans.

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