“I was there the night he walked into Max’s [Kansas City] for the first time in the baby blue suit and the bright orange hair. It was striking. Everybody else in there was dressed in black and this colorful alien came in and just enchanted and charmed us all.”
— Bebe Buell about David Bowie, Jan. 12

“It’s my first project, so I’m just very sentimental about it. That sounds weird to say about a zombie film.”
— Millie Brady, Jan. 13

“Hip doesn’t age well.”
— Timothy Greenfield-Sanders at the 50th Anniversary Party of Max’s Kansas City; Jan. 15

“I’m in an above-the-neck world. I would love to create a lifestyle brand….The business exercises different muscles for me. This is exactly where I am supposed to be. Film makes you lazy.”
— Drew Barrymore, Jan. 20

“Everyone can do whatever they want, but I feel that, at 82 in a few months, I see things with distance and a detachment that young people cannot have. They should mediate creativity to make companies work.”
— Giorgio Armani, Jan. 25

“In my youth, I thought I was being practical — that it helped guys keep their shirts tucked in. But no man should wear a bodysuit.”
— Michael Kors, Feb. 3

“I didn’t want to oversaturate people with the Rihanna brand. ‘Rihanna-Rihanna-Rihanna. Buy this; buy that. Rihanna has this; Rihanna has that. Get it because it’s Rihanna.’ I wanted people to want the product in a sincere way, not just because it’s a celebrity product, but because they genuinely love it.”
— Rihanna, at the Fenty Puma by Rihanna show, Feb. 13

“Right now in fashion, the future is all anyone can talk about. The Internet and social media have changed everything. The old systems are collapsing. For many people, they find it terrifying. They want everything in fashion to stay the same, as if smartphones had never been invented. I am the opposite. I cannot remember a time when fashion has been as exciting as it is today.”
— Donatella Versace, Feb. 10

“I really hate being late. I’m quite responsible. I know it’s more rock ‘n’ roll to be late and I should use this watch to make sure that I’m an hour late.”
— Florence Welch, Gucci’s new timepiece and jewelry ambassador, Feb. 12

“I used to work in The Forum Shops — I was a busboy at Spago — so I used to walk by the [Emporio Armani] store before I would have been able to afford anything in there, so it’s strange going in there and getting fitted for a suit. I felt a little like ‘Pretty Woman.'”
— The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, Feb. 12

“It’s creepy but true that some of the closest relationships I have right now I met on Instagram.”
— Marissa Webb, Feb. 29

“She never forgot who she was representing in a historical way — that she was the first lady of this country.”
— Carolina Herrera on Nancy Reagan, March 6

“I dreamed of working on a revue ever since I was a little boy and I saw the opening night of Les Folies Bergère on my grandmother’s TV. I got in trouble at school the next day because I was sketching the girls in feathers and fishnets.”
— Jean Paul Gaultier, who is designing costumes for a new revue in Berlin, March 1

“Thick canvas fatigues are not the most attractive outfits — I much prefer Armani.”
— Dame Helen Mirren, March 10

“It’s easier to order a pizza than it is for you to exercise the most important task in a democracy.”
— President Obama, discussing tech and voting at the South by Southwest conference, March 11

“Being this type-A kind of crazy achievement-oriented person, I’m realizing more and more as I get older that it’s not about any of that. Achievements are bulls–t. It’s about a sense of pleasure. I’m not talking about a hedonistic pleasure where you’re loving chocolate ice cream — that’s part of it, too. There’s a pleasure you get from making something. The one thing I really liked about clothes was textiles and standing there with a woman and making those clothes….I need more of that in my life, the actual pleasure that comes with good solid work.”
— Isaac Mizrahi, March 15

“I think doing the job of a journalist would be unbearable if one was to always put oneself in the shoes of a subject.”
— Nick Denton, founder of Gawker Media, at the Hulk Hogan sex tape trial, March 15

“What I am interested in is changing things without being too provocative or obviously political.”
— Miuccia Prada, March 23

“Can we just set the record straight. I never said I was quitting modeling. I do not blame the fashion industry for anything. I suffer from depression and was a model during a particularly rough patch of self-hatred.”
— Cara Delevingne, via tweets, April 1

“We’ve been the target of criticism from far-left parties for more than 20 years. It’s quite surprising; I’ve often wondered why. I think the answer is quite simple: The LVMH Group is the incarnation of — at least for these far-left observers — the worst that a liberal economy has produced.”
— Bernard Arnault, April 14

“I can’t define fashion, but I know it when I see it.”
— Vice President Joe Biden, April 14

“He sat in the audience next to Trudie Styler [Sting’s wife] and my dad. As the beat kicked in, he got up from his seat and performed his track down the length of my catwalk. It was a once-in-a-lifetime surprise for all.”
— Matthew Williamson about Prince’S PERFORMANCE at the designer’s 2008 show, April 21

“I love the idea of fusing who you are on the inside — your passions and dreams — with what you wear on the outside.”
— Sir Elton John, April 27

“Employed women are more likely to create positive social impacts as they tend to spend their income on the health and education of children.”
— Onno Ruhl, World Bank, India; April 29

“If Raymour & Flanigan had a clothing outlet, it would dress D.C.”
— Peter Godwin, at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, May 2

“My politics are polar opposite from Fox, but I found that in the debates, the Fox questioning was tougher. Megyn Kelly’s questioning is a lot tougher than Wolf Blitzer’s.”
— David Remnick, May 2

“People think fashion is one long party that never ends. It’s a party, but it ends.”
— Alber Elbaz, May 5

“It’s true that women in the Fifties saw other women as threats, and that they aligned themselves with power, which was men. In my generation, I’m so lucky. Women are very collaborative.”
— Susan Sarandon, May 12

“I wouldn’t give us such a high grade.”
— Edward S. Lampert, Sears, May 12

“One thing you can control is your attitude.…I don’t hide behind bad news. I’m always ready to face it.”
— Terry J. Lundgren, Macy’s, May 12

“DVF is not only the woman she wanted to be, but millions of other women want to be her, too. She’s the woman I want to be, as a matter of fact.”
— Andy Cohen, May 12

“I’m going to do things in a different way, because a good designer needs to keep up with the times.”
— Riccardo Tisci, May 18

“The first time I ever bought a watch was a Rolex watch. When I first moved out to L.A., it was the big thing. It was my first year. I was 17 years old.”
— Kobe Bryant, May 20

“Nobody told Yves Saint Laurent in the Sixties he needed to create the Smoking jacket. Nobody had ever created a tuxedo for women and he did it and it revolutionized women’s fashion — so you still need creativity and spark.”
— Bill Taubman, Taubman Centers, May 23

“I can almost, pardon the expression, throw up that Donald [Trump] is at the place he is at this moment in time, and what it says about the world we live in today. It’s shocking.”
— Donna Karan, May 25

“I think Trump is a genius; I think the Kardashians are brilliant. And you know what? They would not exist if we didn’t want that. And so we can’t blame [them].”
— Norma Kamali, May 25

“You can only leave being an astronaut once and you’ve got to leave at the right time.…It’s easier to adjust to being in space than to adjust to being back on earth.”
— Astronaut Scott Kelly, May 27

“It’s not necessarily that [women] want people to notice their shoes when they walk into a room. It’s about what the shoe does to their entire mood. Shoes are mood-enhancers.”
— Edmundo Castillo, May 27

“The purpose of an Instagram of food is to make people who see the Instagram feel bad about their food choices.”
— Anthony Bourdain, June 3

“Men’s fashion has not been daring at all for a long time.…I would almost say that men deserve to be treated like women.”
— Raf Simons, June 7

“I used to say when I came over that in Britain, sex sells, and here, it’s hair.”
— Glenda Bailey, June 7

“I like me. I’ve liked me for a very long time. I learned early on how to get the haters out of my life. You have to surround yourself with people who uplift you. The best revenge is success and good work. That tends to shut ’em up.”
— Michelle Obama, June 15

“What happened to BHS was beyond horrible — and sad. Unfortunately we found the wrong guy. I am sorry we did the deal and I would not do it again.”
— Sir Philip Green, on selling BHS stores to Dominic Chappell, June 15

“There are very few companies that have time to formulate a vision because they are constantly fighting the current economic environment.”
— Walter Loeb, June 29

“F–k democracy, we’re back in the Middle Ages. For me, it’s a step backward, it’s not the modern world. The modern world is about being together and working together. I’m devastated. I want freedom of people, freedom of movement. For me it’s anticreative thinking.”
— Adrian Joffe, Comme des Garçons, on Brexit

[“Lagerfeld] is the sixth Fendi child.”
— Carla Fendi, July 7

“You have to start at the bottom because that’s the most fun. The most fun is working your way up, not to be catapulted up.”
— Christiane Amanpour, July 20

“I’m a dreamer. Since I’m born, I’ve [felt like I’m] not in the real life, [like] I’m flying nonstop without limit. It’s not very comfortable.”
— Philippe Starck, on his fragrance debut, Aug. 11

“I’ve been told to keep the balance of your work life and films, but also to go home…if you just fall into the Hollywood scene all the time, then that can get a little sad.”
— Elle Fanning, Aug. 18

“You can have everything but if your personality isn’t there, people aren’t going to connect with you.”
— Andy Hohl, Artist & Brand Management, Aug. 19

“Don’t be afraid to suck at something for a little while. It’s worth the effort to start over and make a life after for yourself.”
— Ronda Rousey, Aug. 19

“I’m not exposed in that way where people get fatigued by me.…We’re just quieter so a lot of those fashion rules don’t apply to us.”
— Rick Owens, Aug. 29

“I don’t want my face on a toothbrush somewhere that I don’t know about. I don’t want anything I do to be diluted.”
— Katy Perry, Sept. 8

“I like this very twisted version of what I think is reality. Because reality is just reality.”
— Marc Jacobs, Sept. 15

“Brands want to stay relevant and hot. Replicating blockbuster successes is no longer enough.”
— Luca Solca, Exane BNP Paribas, Sept. 27

“Familiarity must be unsettled.”
— Dries Van Noten, Sept. 30

“Youth rules on the catwalk. I really like it when former models walk in a show, but I prefer to be down here watching them.”
— Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, at the Balmain show

“I want Naomi Campbell to throw a phone at me, you know what I mean?”
— Photographer Miles Ladin, Oct. 10

“You dream you’ll have all this happen to you, and this is it.”
— Ralph Lauren, Oct. 26

“I have always wanted to ask [Hillary Clinton] a question and I’ve debated whether to ask it because I don’t know if it’s relevant: ‘When did you forgive him?’ Is that me as a voyeur? Is that any of my business? I’ve not asked her that question because I’m not 100 percent convinced that it is.”
— Chuck Todd, “Meet the Press,” Oct. 27

“American Apparel. What a scam.”
— Dov Charney

“Everything we are doing with this society now is killing any sense of desire.”
— Haider Ackermann, Nov. 9

“In the next 10 to 20 years, there will be a virtual economy in the world, a brand new Internet economy.”
— Jack Ma, Alibaba, Nov. 11

“[Trump’s] not going to eliminate trade. He’ll get good deals for America and we’ll still do trade with other countries. We don’t want to go back to the Thirties when we stopped trade altogether.”
— Allen I. Questrom, Nov. 10

“It’s most important for the next president to embrace the diversity and richness and optimism that has made us such a light for the world.”
— Victor Luis, Nov. 16

“Whether it’s producing steel, building cars, or curing disease, I want the next generation of production and innovation to happen right here, in our great homeland: America — creating wealth and jobs for American workers.”
— Donald Trump, Nov. 21

“Fashion stems from new initiatives and new challenges, from a certain kind of freedom. If there are rules it’s wrong.”
— Patrizio Bertelli, Nov. 30

“Yesterday? No way. I don’t look left; I don’t look right. I look forward, and I pursue my own sensibility.”
— Pierre Cardin, Nov. 30

“I like to do a lot of squats because it’s good for the bum — and there are cameras from every angle. So I really like to make sure that my butt looks good.”
— Jasmine Tookes, on being a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Nov. 30

“You have to walk as if you are walking into a chic restaurant, convinced that you are the most beautiful and chicest woman in the world — which you are.”
Karl Lagerfeld, Dec. 7