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WWD’s week in quotes, culled from stories that ran the week of September 23 to September 27.
“I woke up this morning and thought about everything I’ve been through. To be able to come to America, knowing no one, and build something… There’s the whole thing about chasing the American dream, and I am living proof. This particular day was so far away for me and now it’s happening. It’s really emotional for me.” — Prabal Gurung on becoming a U.S. citizen.
“If Michelle [Obama] shows up in this video and is wearing Prabal, I’m going to die.” — A friend of Prabal Gurung at his naturalization ceremony.
“We have been bombarded here with guys trying to buy the business. It’s escalated because it’s obviously very hot. I’m not staffed up to take those calls during the day. [I told Domuracki], ‘Take all these guys off my back.’ Nothing’s come up. I’m just tired of talking to everybody.” — Nicole Miller CEO Bud Konheim on being eyed by potential suitors.
“We’re Canadian by birth, America by choice and Southern California by the grace of God.” — Chip Foster on the partnership between Belk and Chip & Pepper.
“I don’t need anyone telling me what I have to do. And I’ve always done what I wanted.” — Giorgio Armani on Diego Della Valle.
“As for lamenting the fact that he has in the past been defined by me as a ‘sprightly old man,’ I repeat, as I said at the time, that to see someone, aged around 80, that wears a short-sleeved T-shirt in winter, makes me think that he must surely be sprightly, and it is certainly not an offense.” — Diego Della Valle on Giorgio Armani.
“If you close your eyes and think about who best represents New York and stands for the city, you can’t help but think about Shawn Carter [aka Jay Z].” — Barneys New York chief executive officer Mark Lee.
“With this project, Barneys New York and I were able to take the slickness, energy and innovation of New York City and translate that into quality, timeless pieces.” — Jay Z on his collaboration with the retailer for the holidays.
“Facebook and Twitter are great for the West, but they have a lot of work to do if they want to tailor themselves to a Chinese audience and the way Chinese Internet users are accustomed to interacting and consuming online.” — China Market Research Group business analyst Kevin Der Arslanian.
“Jesse Tyler Ferguson stole my tux. There’s usually not this much competition [for the guys], but I’m coming into men’s sizes now — and me and Jesse have really similar taste in clothing. I think it’s going to start to get aggressive on the set. We’re going to have full-on cat fights.” — Modern Family’s Nolan Gould at Entertainment Weekly’s pre-Emmy party.
“My favorite show is ‘Duck Dynasty.’ I love that show. Too bad they are all married.” — January Jones at the Vanity Fair and Maybelline party for “Mad Men.”
“I think we can have a super fashionable Emmys because we have all these fashionable girls that are going, like Kerry Washington, Claire Danes and Lena Dunham. They get the higher level of designers. Normally, that isn’t true unfortunately of TV girls. It’s really reserved for the movie stars. The bar will be raised a lot higher.” — George Kotsiopoulos on the Emmys.
“I tried to do something different with a cool factor, like what Beats by Dre did for headphones.” — LeBron James on his limited-edition watch for Audemars Piguet.
“There is a sudden energy in Milan, which was dozing off, as witnessed by extra catwalk shows and a slew of evening events like store openings and parties.” — Tancrede de Lalun, general merchandise manager of women’s and men’s apparel at Printemps in Paris, on the Milan collections.
“He’s part of this emerging generation of talented new designers. We believe in the potential of his brand.” — Pierre-Yves Roussel, chief executive officer of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s fashion division, on the group taking a minority stake in J.W. Anderson.
“If Elton John comes, I will weep opening.” — Emmy award winner Jeff Daniels on who he would like to meet at the awards after-parties.
“Everyone’s saying it’s the ugly stepmother and I say, ‘Ugly doesn’t come into my contract. It’s the wicked stepmother’ The sisters are ugly; the mother is wicked.” — Cate Blanchett on her role in “Cinderella.”
“I feel like when people wear sunglasses and there’s no sun, it’s kind of ridiculous — like myself.” — Pharrell Williams, wearing sunglasses indoors, on his biggest fashion no-no.