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WWD’s week in quotes, culled from stories that ran the week of March 17 to March 21.
• “I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way.” — Mick Jagger on the death of L’Wren Scott.
• “We’ll hit a tipping point, where it’s not going to be seen as techie and fringy and it will just be the way things are.” — Erica Orange, vice president at Weiner, Edrich, Brown Inc., on the partnership between Fossil and Google.
• “[In] 2008 the world fell apart, it really takes six to seven years to recover [from] that size of calamity and we’re coming out of it now. I’m looking forward to the next three years.” — Bruce Rockowitz, Li & Fung Ltd.
• “Mexico is 100 percent Malinchista. Mexicans prefer to buy foreign apparel, even cheap Chinese clothing that may fall apart in their hands. They don’t want ‘Made in Mexico.’ This is our biggest challenge.” — Beatriz Calles, MBFWMX event director.
• “He was sending me pictures of another guy’s torso, and I was falling in love with him.” — Charlotte Kemp Muhl on her courtship with Sean Lennon.
• “Once in the water, once outside the water.” — Socialite and fashion patron Mouna Ayoub on the only time she wore a couture dress (a sailor-inspired ensemble by Jean Paul Gaultier) more than once.
• “I think our story conferences will be a lot more fun than the average conference room meetings.” — Writer Jay McInerney on joining Town & Country as a wine and culture columnist.
• “Digital expertise will shape the iconic brands and companies of the 21st century.” — Jean-Paul Agon, L’Oreal.
• “Valentino’s retail strategy is not about filling the world with stores or occupying locations that were not covered. The product offer is more important.” — Stefano Sassi, Valentino.
• “We really feel the time is right to open in Chengdu. They enjoy dressing up here and having fun with fashion. They like to take risks. They are open to new brands. In many ways, it is a city that really celebrates life. They enjoy going out to great restauratns. There is a great bar scene. There is a social scene that enjoys dressing up…We don’t consider Chengdu a second-tire city anymore.” — Andrew Keith, Lane Crawford, on one of China’s fastest-growing interior cities.
• “I’ve always been crazed about fashion — I mean a nutcase…I just have fun whatever I’m doing. Otherwise, it’s not worth doing. No one pays us enough. And besides, money isn’t worth it. It’s much better to go out and do what you want.” — Bill Cunningham on his career.
• “Anything that has to do with sexuality is a little weirder in the United States than in Scandinavia, I can tell you that.” — Actor Stellan Skarsgård, at the premiere of the film “Nymphomaniac.”
• “There is this idea that elegance means wearing high-heeled shoes, a hat and gloves. Whereas in fact, wearing sneakers with more sophisticated pants, or mixing day and eveningwear, slightly unexpected things — that’s what’s really interesting. But it’s never elegant to be too self-conscious.” — Ines de la Fressange on style.
• “We may have a billion in cash, but we’re not Apple yet.” — Hermès International chief executive officer Axel Dumas.
• “Let’s be frank (and, as you know, I am never anything but that), the word “trend” has had it. There are no trends.” — Countess Louise J. Esterhazy on fashion’s new reality.