By  on December 14, 2010

"Dear Boss! I didn't cover the lecture of La Schiaparelli in the Fisher Town Hall today although I had an invitation from I. Himelhoch. I figured she would say the same things she had said before.…I didn't go to the press talk either."

As story leads go, this, from a WWD reporter, is a pretty gutsy one. He neglected to attend the assigned presentation Elsa Schiaparelli was giving in Detroit for one reason: "I wanted to have Schiaparelli all for myself." And he did. The plucky writer hopped in Schiaparelli's cab as she was leaving the lecture en route to the train station. "I wanted her to tell me something she had not said elsewhere," the reporter added. "Which is a tough proposition, considering that all the newsboys and girls in the country are after her." Here, those exclusive Schiaparelli quotes:

• On America: "I feel like Columbus when he discovered America. It's all brand new to me and the thing that impresses me most is that people here are so utterly simple, direct in their approach, unartificial. People speak their own mind."

• On American fashion: "There is no new fashion point of view here and America follows the well-trodden road that has been known to people here and abroad, the road that links Europe with this continent."

• On American designers: "America makes clothes for American women, Paris makes clothes for Parisiennes. Both have to go their own way. American designers are fine for the job they have to do. But replacing French designers? There is no need for it."

• On American youth: "Young people here really are wonderful.…They are positively enchanting. They are free and not burdened by worries."

• On European youth: "In Europe, young people are in some mess."

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