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WWD’s day in quotes from today’s edition.
“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 on his menswear brand.
“I took a photo in my library and I was listening to a song on my iPhone and I couldn’t understand why the two couldn’t be together. It’s a powerful connector. The whole idea is you can create deep emotion around a picture and celebrate a moment.” — Justin Cooke on launching social network Tunepics on the iTunes app store today.
“We just felt it was really time for us to do a significant event that focused on the women’s universe here in New York. We always felt that the U.S. holds a lot more potential than we’ve experienced as of yet. We’re doing everything we can to exploit that and take advantage of it.” — Robert B. Chavez, president and ceo of Hermès USA, on the event, entitled “All About Women” to celebrate Hermès’ fall women’s collection and its luxury products.
“When I go into the stores, I pet the saddles. Until security comes and takes me away.” — Jodi Foster at the Hermès’ “All About Women” event.
“As you know, my new role is an unconventional one, and my background is not that of a traditional ceo. As such, I will lead Burberry in my own way, but always guided by a passion for what this unique brand stands for.” — Burberry ceo Christopher Bailey addressing analysts.
“Raf is very successful with Italians, they like modernity, with a couture spirit, and thanks to Raf, we are having a strong impact in Italy,” — Christian Dior ceo Sidney Toledano on opening a boutique in Florence.
“I think you should always push the boundaries as far as you can, while still being respectful to the event.” — Simon Robins, stylist for Matthew McConaughey, on red carpet style for men.
“With the full support of the board, [we] have made it clear to the entire Target team that we are not going to wait for a permanent ceo to improve our operations in performance.” — John Mulligan, Target Corp. chief financial officer and executive vice president, who was named interim ceo after Gregg Steinhafel was ousted.
“I’m so happy to be chosen by Mr. Armani to be his ambassador for Armani Junior. I felt the same excitement when I got cast for a major film. Me? Wow,” — actress Quvenzhané Wallis on being chosen as the face of his Armani Junior fall ad campaign.
“The challenges we faced in the quarter underscore the importance of continuing to evolve as the retail industry changes.” — Roger Markfield, American Eagle Outfitters Inc. vice chairman and executive creative director, on its plan to close 150 more stores and its 86.2 percent drop in first-quarter net income.
“During the recession, luxury became a stealth indulgence after years of conspicuous consumption. Marked by that experience, today’s shoppers continue to adopt a more considered approach to their luxury lifestyle choices favoring design and craftsmanship over ostentatious displays of status. Many luxury brands are shying away from an overt focus on increasing market share and distribution to highlight their exclusivity.” — Anastasia Kourovskaia, vice president of global research agency Millward Brown, which unveiled its 2014 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands.
“She got me from behind, knocked me down and I hit the sidewalk.” — swimmer Ryan Lochte, during a visit at Macy’s Herald Square, recalling how he was injured after being tackled by a fan in November.