“Yes, some people say to me you’re too skinny, but never a skinny person says that to me, only people who could lose a few pounds say that.” Karl Lagerfeld
“I’d just been on a trip to Minnesota, where I can only kindly describe most of the people I saw as little houses…” Anna Wintour
“In bag lady rags that look depressingly decayed – forget the accessories and buy some Raid.” Richard Blackwell, more commonly known in the fashion world as “Mr.Blackwell,” about Mary Kate Olsen.
“Queen Kong in cheap lingerie.” Mr. Blackwell on the late Anna Nicole Smith.
“Runs the gamut from Kewpi Doll Dreck to Red Carpet Wreck… she looks like a painted pumpkin on a pogo stick.” Mr. Blackwell, on Renee Zellweger.
“Tallulah was sitting in a group of people, giving the monologue she always thought was conversation. ” Lillian Hellman, on Tallulah Bankhead.
“All the American women had purple noses, gray lips and their faces were chalk white from terrible powder. I recognized that the women of the United States could be my life’s work.” Helena Rubinstein
“If it looks like a troll and acts like a troll, it’s probably a Trollsen Twin—or someone wearing one of their new $16,000 totes, which are made from the fur and skins of innocent animals.” PETA, on the Olsen Twins’ fashion lines.
“I was only used to dressing models and skinny kids and I turned up and it was, like, three fat guys. I just left. That was the last time I tried to work with fat people. I think one of them was Ali G’s brother. It was so ghetto.” Nicola Formichetti
“”I am no dermatologist but I wouldn’t want his skin. Mine looks better than his. He is covered in craters.” Karl Lagerfeld on Seal’s face.
“I would have loved to have dressed Kate Middleton, but I have to wait until she catches up in style a bit…I think she’s got a problem with eye make-up! The sharp line around her eyes make her look hard.…Let me put it this way. It seems to me that her image is ‘ordinary woman’. Therefore, high street shopper.” Vivienne Westwood
“Just look at American fashion, which is almost fashion. It’s terrible and you almost can’t even look at it, but it has been driven by a great journalist, Anna Wintour, who wants all women to be like her and to dress the way she does.” Robert Cavalli on Anna Wintour
(Hey, if she dishes it, she can take it!)
“She’s an exaggeration. She’s like a walking exclamation mark. And it’s not pretty.” Nigel Barker, on an ANTM contestant.
And since turn-about is fair play, designer Azzedine Alaia takes a bite out of both Wintour and Lagerfeld:
On Anna Wintour:“I said it before. She runs the business (Vogue) very well, but not the fashion part. When I see how she is dressed, I don’t believe in her tastes one second…I don’t need her support at all. Anna Wintour doesn’t deal with pictures; she is just doing PR and business, and she scares everybody. But when she sees me, she is the scared one….Who will remember Anna Wintour in the history of fashion? No one. Vogue remains while its fashion editors come and go.”
On Karl Lagerfeld:“I don’t like his fashion, his spirit, his attitude. It’s too much caricature. Karl Lagerfeld never touched a pair of scissors in his life. That doesn’t mean that he’s not great, but he’s part of another system. He has capacity. One day he does photography, the next he does advertisements for Coca-Cola. I would rather die than see my face in a car advertisement. We don’t do the same work. And I think that he is not doing a favor to young stylists who might think it works that way. They’re going to fall before they retire.”
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