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A year’s worth of observations.<br><br><br><br>"I today decided to bid farewell to the world of fashion I have so loved."<br><br>— Yves Saint Laurent, retiring, Jan. 7<br><br><br><br>"A lot of top models who were doing anti-fur campaigns...

A year’s worth of observations.

This story first appeared in the December 10, 2002 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

“I today decided to bid farewell to the world of fashion I have so loved.”

— Yves Saint Laurent, retiring, Jan. 7

“A lot of top models who were doing anti-fur campaigns are now wearing it. I have nothing against fake fur, but I think sable is better. There’s something sensual about it.”

— Karl Lagerfeld, Jan. 30

“All I know is that this world has lost the best pair of legs that ever existed.”

— Carmen Dell’Orefice about fellow model

Jean Patchett, in Patchett’s obituary, Feb. 1

“I’ve always believed that timing is everything, and I got out at the right time.”

— Bill Blass, Feb. 6

“The forces of darkness have united.”

— Erik Autor, National Retail Federation, reacting to word of a new textile coalition being formed, March 12

“When Santa Monica Place opened, Jim Rouse, of the Rouse Co.…was so proud of that shopping center.…We were walking around Santa Monica Place together when it first opened, [and] some young lady came up to us and said, ‘Are you guys honchos?’ Jim looked at her and said, ‘This is Mr. Gehry, this is the great architect who designed this center.’ And she looked at me and said, ‘Well, I have one question: Where the f***’s the bathroom?’”

— Frank Gehry, March 29

“If you consider the workers inside this company, and if we could accelerate our improvement, we could really be a successful company someday. I mean that.”

— H. Lee Scott Jr., Wal-Mart, May 22

“I’m very proud that I was able to dress America in great looking apparel and accessories for so many years. I don’t know if any company or brand could say that.”

— Millard “Mickey” Drexler, May 22

“At the five-year mark, I looked at our Gucci stores and I thought that we had done something potentially iconic.” — Tom Ford, Sept. 5

“It’s very clear. I rarely meet people wearing my clothes in the street.” — Yohji Yamamoto, June 3

“I don’t care how much your newspaper says the power suit is out — it is not out.” — Joan Collins, Sept. 19

“The whole point of design is to make people feel better about themselves. Fashion is one of the professions that accomplishes that. Medicine, acting and psychiatry do also.”

— Geoffrey Beene, Oct. 25

“I do think it would be great if Martha Stewart could show some humor…Get her a writer from ‘Saturday Night Live’ to do a sketch with her stomach hanging out at a Hamptons horse show. She needs something to say that could ironize her position.”

— Tina Brown, Nov. 1

“After Hong Kong, we have important retail projects in Shanghai, which I view as the city of the future.…This city has enormous potential.”

— Giorgio Armani, Nov. 1

“Feminism? I don’t want to judge it as a political movement, but from a fashion standpoint, it’s horrible.”

— Roberto Cavalli, Nov. 4

“I rarely look at my stock. It’s not what motivates me. If I make $100,000 in a day, I don’t care; if I lose $100,000 in a day, I care about that.”

— Ralph Lauren, Nov. 18

“Long before the Taliban was putting women in burkas in Kabul, we were there copying their peasant look and selling it to Bendel’s and Bloomingdale’s. I went from Kabul to cable and never looked back.”

— Tom Freston, MTV, Nov. 18

“China is the world factory but it is also one of the world’s largest consumer markets. There are very few companies that I work with on the export side who have not asked me, ‘What’s happening with China and is China going to be so important that we’d better be there?’”

— William K. Fung, Li & Fung, Nov. 18

“I think I just want to be alive rather than dead…either you change or you’re dead.”

— Poet Richard Howard, Nov. 26