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“I’ve been spoiled being in the fashion business. My son will be like, ‘Mommy, 20 new pairs of shoes came today. How come?’ Because I’m always telling him it’s not normal to have 20 pairs of tennis shoes to try on before school.”
— Gwen Stefani, Jan. 6

“I never try to make a major fashion statement but I want to be the friend in a woman’s closet. I make dresses that women get laid in.”
— Diane von Furstenberg, Jan. 8

This story first appeared in the December 19, 2014 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

“The best way [to survive] the red carpet is by wearing Ugg boots. But unfortunately, I have not yet managed to persuade the people who style me at these times to let me do that.”
— Emma Thompson, Jan. 8

“All told, I was a wartime ceo.”
— William L. McComb, leaving as chief executive officer of Fifth & Pacific Cos., Jan. 10

“I said, ‘No one at our table is allowed to go home until I go home, and I don’t like to go home until the sun comes up.’”
— Actress Margot Robbie at HBO’s Golden Globes after party, Jan. 13

“Overall, debt is quite high in China. There’s been a huge explosion of credit. There will be some sort of financial crisis in China, which will result in slower economic growth.”
— Ira Kalish, Deloitte Research, Jan. 14

“I haven’t really got my head around it. It still feels like I’m not going. I never thought in my whole life that I’d be in America, it seems like a different world because I only see it on the telly.”
— Ross Farrelly of boy band The Strypes, Jan. 14

“For me, couture is the kingdom of imagination, creativity and experimentation, and this is how I approach it. I do, however, remain pragmatic and realistic.”
— Giorgio Armani, Jan. 23

“What’s incredible is that I’m 75 and still working.”
— Italian film star Claudia Cardinale, Jan. 23

“We have to render living creatures breathless. If we do that, we will be successful.”
— Marigay McKee, incoming Saks Fifth Avenue president, Jan. 29

“I don’t like the word [‘classic’]. It makes you think we didn’t do any work.”
— Ralph Lauren, Jan. 29

“The minute it gets to a runway, you’re tempted to do some high jinks. I don’t want to show something I won’t produce. I want people to wear the clothes I show.”
— Michael Kors, Jan. 30

“When [Lincoln] was a very young man, he said, ‘I will work and get ready and my chance will come.’ So when young people ask me about it, I always tell them, ‘Get caught trying. Don’t be afraid. And do what you believe in. Even if you’re rebuffed, even if you fail, you’ll be in a far better place than you would if you didn’t.’ I think working hard is very important; I have a good work ethic. But every big mistake I’ve ever made in my life I made when I was too tired. So I think the idea of never taking time off and never resting your brain — I may sound self-righteous, but it’s dumb.…I hate to go to sleep now because before my time on Earth runs out, there are still so many things I want to understand.”
— Bill Clinton, Jan. 31

“People in the age of [President] Obama don’t dress like they did in the age of [Lyndon] Johnson. That’s for sure.”
— Rev. Al Sharpton at the Ralph Rucci show, Feb. 10

“SnookiLove is really cute and it’s inviting and welcoming. All my lines are like my personality: they are fun, they are outgoing, they are sexy, but not slutty.”
— Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Feb. 25

“Oh yes, I drink a lot and eat a lot of cheeseburgers. On Sunday, I went to the agricultural show for six hours. At each booth, you have to drink and they look if you have finished your glass.”
— Paris mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet on her campaign diet, Feb. 26

“I mean, this is where Coco Chanel and Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, all these incredible talents were born, and obviously great talents today [are] working here, so to be here and to have our brand’s presence in such a way feels in a way like, I don’t know, maybe we’ve, like, made it!”
— Jack McCollough on Proenza Schouler being featured at Le Bon Marché in Paris, Feb. 28

“The flat shoe makes the woman equal of men. When they have high [shoes], they play a part like a geisha, and they can’t be expected to be taken that seriously.”
— Karl Lagerfeld, March 5

“As one of my favorite designers once said, ‘Comme des Garçons is your favorite designer’s favorite designer…the top of the top, the best of the best.’”
— Pharrell Williams on his fragrance collaboration with Comme des Garçons, March 12

“I just don’t want to give them my name and say, ‘Do whatever you want.’ I am trying to create my brand.”
— Sofia Vergara on her new fragrance deal, March 14

People say, ‘Oh, you’ve sacrificed so much, now’s the time to do something for yourself.’ I mean, please — that is so wrong. I don’t think I’ve sacrificed one f–king thing.”
— Gloria Steinem, receiving a DVF Award, April 7

“Affordable luxury — these are two words that don’t go together.”
— Bernard Arnault, April 11

“You’re just so present in that moment, when they start reading the list of people out. You think, ‘Well, this is it, it’s going to go one way or another, and there’s a lot of scrutiny.’…If you think you deserve it any more than any of those other women, or if you think you’ve arrived somewhere in particular, I think you’re having the wrong conversation with yourself.”
— Cate Blanchett on winning the Oscar for best actress, May 2

“Fashion is not just about what we wear, but…fashion is also a business. It is an art, it’s a career that involves science, engineering, accounting and so much more. People can learn about the math behind Charles James’ designs, and think, ‘Maybe I should pay closer attention to geometry this semester.’”
— Michelle Obama talking to fashion school students at the opening of the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Met, May 6

“My wife said I look like a Latin American dictator. I said, ‘That’s what I am.’”
— Oscar de la Renta on wearing his decorations, including the Légion d’Honneur he received from the King of Spain, at the Met Gala, May 6

“This dress code should be mandatory for most events.”
— Johnny Depp at the Met Gala, on wearing formal white tie, May 6

“There is no normal. What my job was a few years ago was completely different than what it is today. As soon as I have it dialed in, the company changes and the team changes and my role changes as a result. What the company needs is always evolving, and I don’t get to choose what I want to do as much as I thought I would be now — which is OK. It keeps me in this position of learning new things and keeping me humble. There is always something I don’t know, and I’m comfortable with that.”
— Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, May 6

“The great Pat Field really taught me how and when to break the rules, and that ugly could be beautiful.”
— Sarah Jessica Parker on accepting an honorary Clio Image Award, May 8

“Retail is a national sport in Dubai.”
— Jean-François Palus, Kering, May 12

“We built everything — toilets included. I think those islands in the middle of nowhere are quite poetic. It’s kind of an Oriental Atlantis.”
— Karl Lagerfeld on Chanel’s resort 2015 show in Dubai, May 13

“People like to say you’re either born with style or you’re not, and that’s complete hooey. You’ve gotta develop your own and find your own.…If you just put on whatever they’re trying to sell you, you will always be out of fashion. Otherwise, they can’t keep selling you. So, you will always be out of fashion. Get used to it. That’s the game. Whatever they say is fashionable, chuck it.”
— Lauren Hutton, May 15

“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, May 22

“When I go into the stores, I pet the saddles. Until security comes and takes me away.”
— Jodie Foster at the Hermès’ “All About Women” event, May 22

“Men’s clothing hasn’t changed in 200 years, maybe a lapel gets a little wider or a tie gets narrower from time to time. But it’s usually always the same. There is stupidity in men’s fashion. But women know who they are. They can change. Clothing is seductive for women. They get different personas by buying new clothes. But men don’t.”
— Massimo Vignelli, quoted in his obituary, May 28

“It really will benefit every area of the business. Financial struggle is something I’m very familiar with as an independent designer.”
— Thomas Tait on winning the inaugural LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize, May 29

“Everybody used to say that baseball players can’t dress and athletes can’t dress. You know, a lot of athletes now are trying to prove everybody wrong, though there are some athletes that try too hard and try to do over-the-top things. But me, I try to be simple and just make whatever I’m wearing look good.”
— L.A. Dodger Matt Kemp, May 29

“Second-guess [myself]? Yes, I do. I question everything I do every step of the way. Once I make the decision I’m almost blinded by believing in it, and then I usually hate everything I’ve done.”
— Tom Ford, June 2

“For me, it’s hockey on horses.”
— Lupita Nyong’o attending Veuve Clicquot’s Polo Classic, June 3

“People magazine came out and said I’m a cross between Elizabeth Taylor, Kristen Stewart and Emma Stone. It’s mental. I think it was meant as a compliment.”
— Actress Sarah Greene on her newfound fame, June 6

“Museums that aren’t perfect are the ones that I love. Museums that aren’t overdesigned. I always like to visit the strange, odd museums. In New York, the Frick is absolutely my favorite, favorite place because I like to think that it was someone’s home not that long ago.”
— Reed Krakoff, June 6

“They asked me to do [the movie] before I knew anything about it. And I said, ‘Well, let me look at it and see.’ 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,” June 11

“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, June 11

“Well, I think clothes make you feel good.”
— Derek Jeter, June 18

“Darling, I don’t remember how many dresses [by Tassell] I owned.…Most of the good ones I had I gave away when I cleaned out my closet, but there were many.”
— Betsy Bloomingdale, in designer Gustave Tassell’s obituary, June 24

“I don’t gravitate toward any one designer because I think of fashion as the costume of the everyday woman.”
— Kerry Washington, June 25

“When you’re in a band — before it got to grunge — you dressed the bit. So yeah, I’ve always had an attitude with the clothes.”
— Ringo Starr, July 7

“I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t want it to be the biggest brand name that you can imagine.”
— Ellen DeGeneres, July 8

“If your Web site sucks, you suck.”
— Anthony Citrano, Verizon Digital Media Services, July 21

“Aspirational — I hear this word all the time and it makes me puke. Aspiration isn’t just physical beauty. Aspiration is what you’re doing in life.”
— Peter Kim, Hudson Jeans, July 23

“The one thing in life you can control is your effort. Are there any shortcuts in the beauty business? No. That was the first lesson I learned. You can’t just rocket to the top.”
— Mark Cuban at Cosmoprof North America, July 25

“There was not a false bone in her body. She had a very deep sense of integrity on every level. She embodied a certain level of taste for women that was just smart. And she did that by being true to herself and being honest, which is what they teach you in design school and on fashion shoots.”
— Isaac Mizrahi about Lauren Bacall, Aug. 14

“Korea’s decision to become a world leader in fashion is part of a package deal to become world leaders in popular culture.”
— Author Euny Hong, Sept. 10

“I think that the Chinese readers are more attracted to what probably the world at large would consider more classic kinds of beauty.”
— Angelica Cheung, Vogue China, Sept. 19

“[Fatherhood] makes you cute. Women find bumbling fathers cute and attractive.”
— Jerry Seinfeld, Sept. 24

“Fashion has changed, and it’s continuing to change because, fundamentally, people get bored quicker.”
— Jonathan Anderson, Sept. 26

“She had a passion for the brand. Even at 85, she was the best critic.”
— Ralph Toledano on Gaby Aghion, founder of Chloé, in her obituary, Sept. 29

“The fashion industry has an enormous amount to offer in what we do in industrial design because fashion is fast, fashion has its finger on the pulse. There are very few creative industries that work on that rhythm.” — Industrial designer Marc Newson at the launch of the Apple watch at Colete in Paris, Oct. 1 “At Apple, we care enormously about design. This is definitely the most personal product we’ve done because it’s worn.”
— Jonathan Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design, about the Apple Watch, Oct. 1

“I got in journalism for any number of reasons, not least because it’s so much fun. Journalism should be in the business of putting pressure on power, finding out the truth, of shining a light on injustice, of, when appropriate, being amusing and entertaining — it’s a complicated and varied beast, journalism.”
— David Remnick, Oct. 10

“Here’s the thing — if you stop learning, you might as well pack it in. You can’t learn anything with your mouth open.”
— Leonard Lauder, Oct. 10

“The culture of France is unique because it’s a culture that has a high priority on the arts, more than any other place in the world in our time since Greece. So as a practicing artist, if you will, this is home ground. They love us, so music, literature, art continues to be the center.”
— Frank Gehry at the opening of the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Oct. 21

“You never do things thinking you will make a big statement. It just happens sometimes and you are lucky.”
— Nicolas Ghesquière, Oct. 29

“It’s incredibly important that if you have the dream of having your own house, you don’t pretend to be something you’re not. Ultimately, it’s unsustainable and people will see through. You have to work; you can’t expect your dreams to be handed to you on a plate.”
— Stella McCartney’s advice to aspiring designers, Nov. 13

“Sometimes, when you work with mediocre talents, they feel entitled. They act like stars. Genuinely talented people don’t.”
— Barbra Streisand, Nov. 13

“It’s an individual sport, but collectively everybody shares the same motto that Ironman stands for: anything is possible.”
— Apolo Ohno, after participating in his first Ironman triathlon, Nov. 14

“All of these reality TV shows are taking industries like fashion and food, which historically have only been for a few, and made it for everyone. Think about it. Do you think people in Idaho or Ohio would know as much as they do about fashion now, if it wasn’t for ‘Project Runway?’”
— Latin America TV chef Carmen Gonzalez, Nov. 14

“What is it with this American booty culture? It seems to me to be a form of obsession.”
— Pippa Middleton, blogging about the fascination with Kim Kardashian’s derriere, Dec. 11

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