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WWD’s week in quotes, culled from stories that ran the week of December 9 to December 13.


• “It’s just a fashion invasion” — Bruno Pavlovsky on Chanel’s U.S. growth.

• “Some of our reputation of our Texas style is fact, and some is fiction. When it comes to big hair, that is all an urban myth. However, when it comes to makeup and clothes, there is a lot of truth that we love both. We are very proud that there are more hair and nail salons per capita in the state of Texas than anyplace else in the U.S.” — Karen Katz at a reception honoring Karl Lagerfeld at Neiman Marcus.

• “The trunk show is our DNA; the runway is our DNA,” — Lauren Santo Domingo on Moda Operandi.

• “People always forget to design the back and the inside.” — Narciso Rodriguez on his pre-fall collection.

• “We would like a store that’s hardly there. Shopping is nice when it’s a personal, private experience.” — Viktor Horsting on Viktor & Rolf’s new flagship.

• “Did he pick the right horse to run at the end of the day? You bet he did,” — Allan Ellinger, a senior managing partner at Marketing Management Group, on William McComb.

• “People are comparison shopping, waiting out for the best deal. That means margins are going down,” —Natalie Kotlyar, partner at financial services firm BDO USA and retail and consumer product industry group leader.

• “It’s like Mardi Gras for the creative community.”  — Ryan McGinley at Art Basel.

• “It is my mission to never miss this lunch. I hope it becomes a standing date,”  — Sarah Jessica Parker at the Cosmo 100 luncheon.

• “All I’m saying is that for my industry, the tail might wag the dog and that could be a problem. Two years ago, the audience was a little more interesting from the perspective of the galleries that come here.” — Larry Gagosian on Art Basel.

• “It could be the social scene swallows the art scene,” he said. “It could erode the core of what made this and I’m a little concerned that serious collectors, people who I do business with, and a lot of my colleagues might say, ‘Well, this is just some social rat f–k,’ and I’ve already started to sense a little bit of that.” — Larry Gagosian on Art Basel.

• “I’ve been coming year after year and to tell you the truth — I don’t know if I should say this — I got e-mailed a lot of bad invitations, like, they’re getting bad. There’s still some good ones, but the bad ones are increasing, they have nothing to do with art. I think it’s because this has been
going on for a while now. The same thing happened at Sundance.” — China Chow on Art Basel.

• “I don’t need to talk to 10 million people. I need to talk to 10,000 people who are really fashion obsessed — and I need to talk to them about why they should be thinking about Oscar de la Renta. The Outnet customer is very much that fashion-obsessed customer.” — Alex Bolen, chief executive officer of Oscar de la Renta.

• “Actually, I’m a little scared. I mean, it wouldn’t be me if I sat here and pretended to be superconfident about everything,” — Marc Jacobs during a talk this week at London’s Tate Modern with Peter Marino.

• “If [apparel executives] were having an awards ceremony, it would be more like ‘drown and die.’” — Leslie H. Wexner, ceo of L Brands Inc., upon receiving WWD Beauty Inc.’s Visionary award.

• “There will be — as already started by Barneys New York — an immediate reevaluation and discussion and agreement on the boundaries of involvement of the NYPD and retailers’ security and customers. We have asked for an immediate meeting with incoming Police Commissioner William Bratton to have the NYPD agree on what those boundaries ought to be.” — Rev. Al Sharpton, at a press briefing following Monday’s retail task force meeting.