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WWD’s day in quotes from today’s edition.
“We wanted to create the dream wardrobe for this New York City girl who’s just as comfortable in jeans, a T and worn-out Chucks [Chuck Taylor shoes] as she is wearing a couture dress and killer heels. She’s dressy but messy.” — Fifi Hallstensson on the launch of Gant Rugger.
“This is not going to be the Bobbi Brown Cosmetics channel,” she said. “I am approaching this as a journalist. I’ve appeared on ‘Good Morning America’ and the ‘Today’ show for the last 15 years and I’ve never taken the opportunity to just push my own brand. This will be a brand-agnostic site.” — Bobbi Brown on her appointment as editor in chief of Yahoo’s online beauty magazine.
“The Chinese customers like the sophistication and exclusivity. The new couture designed by Raf [Simons] is talking to them — they like the modernity he is bringing in this new direction, they like the spirit and they like the DNA, they want to know the story of the company.” — Sidney Toledano, Dior’s chief executive officer on holding a Dior Couture show in Hong Kong for the first time.
“Sometimes we don’t need to see them anymore. They just tell us, now I’m 85 kilos, and we know where those extra two — or minus two — have gone.” — Julien de Luca of Camps de Luca, one of Paris’ most coveted addresses for bespoke tailoring.
“I couldn’t find a cute laptop case anywhere. I had to make my own.” — Clare Vivier on expanding her line of women’s accessories into a new men’s line.
“I started with stilettos that were superglam, superfeminine and sexy — and the business was a flop. For the first two or three seasons, it was a tragedy.” — Giuseppe Zanotti reflecting on 20 years in business.
“We know we’re most successful when we remain focused on our core. As we look to double the business and continue our international growth, this alignment of apparel categories with the core attributes of Victoria’s Secret and Pink will provide a cohesive brand experience for our customer in stores, online and through our catalogue.” — Sharen Jester Turney, ceo of Victoria’s Secret on trimming its apparel collections.
“Sometimes people get awards for really not much of a reason, but this one feels authentic to me.” — Rob Smith, global chief merchant officer at Haddad Brands, on receiving the Leadership Award at the 11th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares fund-raiser.
“I wanted to stretch Ann Taylor a bit. I might say, ‘Let’s do a low-slinging back all the way to your tush,’ but the idea is to design for everyone. So I did things like raise hemlines and show some skin while covering all the right parts.” — Kate Hudson on her five-piece capsule collection of little black dresses with Ann Taylor.
“I’ve been very lucky to make money to live [comfortably] both today and the rest of my life, but to be associated with something that I believe has huge potential in the future and enables you to have a big say, it is really easy for me to work with something like that.” — tennis star Maria Sharapova on her investment in the sun protection brand Supergoop.