“I started going to Chanel shows shortly after I was married—so we’re talking a long time! I met Mademoiselle early on. She said, ‘Oh, you’re the young lady from Texas.’ ” Lynn Wyatt, Houston socialite and philanthropist; “I think there’s something sexy about being a little off.” Marc Jacobs, Designer; “When did models get replaced by actresses? Who let the genie out of the bottle?” Iman, Model.
Giorgio Armani, Designer; Victoria Beckham, Designer; Donatella Versace, Designer; Allegra Versace, Donatella’s daughter.
Renzo Rosso, Founder of Diesel and president of the fashion conglomerate OTB; Alexander Wang, Designer; “On average, it takes me about three months to finish a painting. Some miracles happen in three days. Other works sit in the corner of my studio for years.” Cecily Brown, Artist; Gabriele Colangelo, Designer; Alexia Niedzielski, Magazine editor; Jeanine Lobell, Makeup artist and creator of Stila Cosmetics; Marian Goodman, Gallery owner; David Adjaye, Architect.
“I’m a minimalist. I’d rather have wrinkles than look silly.” Patricia Wexler, Cosmetic dermatologist; Marco de Vincenzo, Designer; Olympia Scarry, Artist; Camille Miceli, Creative director of Dior’s costume jewelry; Yves Carcelle, Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton Malletier; Mathilde Agostinelli, PR director of Prada; Ivana Trump, Businesswoman; Ivanka Trump, Ivana’s daughter and jewelry designer; “My partner said to me, ‘You want to lose weight? Try shutting your mouth.’ ” Dennis Basso, Designer.
Karl Lagerfeld, Designer; Sébastien Jondeau, Bodyguard; “I’m sort of like the fat kid who plays sports. You’d never know by looking at me, but I’m really into fashion.” Rob Pruitt, Artist; Pharrell Williams, Musician.
Giancarlo Giammetti, Honorary president of Valentino; Valentino Garavani, Designer; Sofia Coppola, Filmmaker; “I would hope my contribution to fashion would be that I helped spread American culture through the world in a very preppy, humorous way.” Tommy Hilfiger, Designer.
Francesco Vezzoli, Artist; Andrea Dellal, Model and socialite; “My favorite hairstyle over the years was the permed disco ’do with a side ponytail. Those were my high school years, and the girls used to dress like they were going to Studio 54.” Orlando Pita, Hairstylist; Clémence Poésy, Actress; Reed Krakoff, Designer; Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1; Kate Mulleav, Codesigner (along with sister Laura) of Rodarte.
Prabal Gurung, Designer; Elaine Irwin, Model; Aaron Young, Artist; Laure Heriard Dubreuil, CEO and cofounder of the Webster; Nina Griscom, Socialite; Olympia Le-Tan, Designer; Shala Monroque, It girl; “People kept telling me I should model. I didn’t even know what it was. I had to ask my mom.” Bridget Hall, Model.
“That’s my job, to push and push. Even if 98 percent of people don’t understand what you’ve done this season, maybe they will next season.” Nicolas Ghesquière, Creative director of Balenciaga; “I’ve never made a dress that’s super-100-percent feminine. You always have a twist, something that’s masculine.” Riccardo Tisci, Creative director of Givenchy; Margherita Missoni, Face of Missoni.
Bianca Brandolini D’Adda, New Dolce & Gabbana model; Giambattista Valli, Designer; “We’re all in search of something. My search is for beauty.” Haider Ackermann, Designer; Delfina Delettrez Fendi, Silvia’s daughter and jewelry designer; Silvia Venturini Fendi, Creative director of Fendi accessories.
Frédéric Fekkai, Hairstylist; Aerin Lauder, Cosmetics executive and founder of Aerin; “I’m working on a men’s collection. I only have two pairs of shoes, and it would be nice to have some more.” Nicholas Kirkwood, Footwear designer; Anja Rubik, Model; Jay McInerney, Author; Candace Bushnell, Author; “My philosophy in life: When a door opens, you go in dancing.” China Machado, Model; Tony Shafrazi, Gallery owner.
Felix, Elizabeth Peyton’s awesome pup; “I’ve never been painted— I wonder what that’s like.” Elizabeth Peyton, Artist; Suzy Menkes, Fashion reporter for the International Herald Tribune; Massimiliano Giornetti, Creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo; Consuelo Castiglioni, Founder and creative director of Marni; Yvonne Force Villareal, Curator and cofounder of Art Production Fund; Sarah Lerfel, Co-owner of Colette; Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Owners of Opening Ceremony and creative directors of Kenzo.
“In the beginning of my career, people would say, ‘Oh, she’s so bizarre.’ I think I’m the most normal chick. I could show you cuckoo.” Alek Wek, Model; “I drew my first nude at 8 years old. My father wanted to get me into fine arts and hired the model. She was also a hooker. Don’t ask how he knew her.” Chuck Close, Artist; Peter Dundas, Creative director of Pucci.
Ian Schrager, Hotelier; “Even after all these years in the art world, I still have the feeling of being an alien.” Maurizio Cattelan, Artist; Karolina Kurkova, Model; Inès de la Fressange, Model, muse, and ambassador of Roger Vivier; Bruno Frisoni, Footwear designer and creative director of Roger Vivier; J.W. Anderson, Designer; “My favorite night ever was the party Armani threw at Bungalow 8 after the Met Ball in 2008. We had the Beckhams, the Cruises, the Kidman-Urbans…It was George Clooney’s birthday, and I had a real fireman come to put out the candles on his cake.” Amy Sacco, Nightlife queen; Anthony Vaccarello, Designer.
Tomas Maier, Creative director of Bottega Veneta; Carolina Herrera, Designer; Olivier Rousteing, Creative director of Balmain; Donna Karan, Designer.
“In the beginning of my career, my intention was to show my art through a dress. And then I thought, I could also meet beautiful models!” Roberto Cavalli, Designer; Frida Giannini, Creative director of Gucci; Stephen Jones, Milliner; Alberta Ferretti, Designer.
Elizabeth Von Guttman, Magazine editor; André Balazs, Hotelier; François Nars, Makeup artist and founder and creative director of Nars Cosmetics; Michel Gaubert, Sound designer; “I went out with Andy Warhol all the time in the eighties. We’d go to Le Cirque, and you’d see those women in power suits with padded shoulders and hard colors. I never fit in, no matter what I wore.” Tama Janowitz, Author; Arnold Scaasi, Designer; Marco Zanini, Creative director of Rochas; Miki Zanini, Stylist and Marco’s sister.
“When you get to a certain age, you gotta go gangster.” Oribe, Hairstylist; “One of my biggest pet peeves is well-dressed designers. If you spend that much time thinking about your own clothes, you’re not spending enough time thinking about what you’re designing.” Joseph Altuzarra, Designer; Victoire de Castellane, Designer of Dior Fine Jewelry; Lou Doillon, Actress and musician; Sean and Anthony Souza, Carlos’s sons and DJs; “My sons tell me I’m an IDM (intelligent dance music), deep-house, and tech-house type of guy.” Carlos Souza, Vice president of PR for Valentino; Jean Paul Gaultier, Designer; “I don’t create clothes, but I definitely know how to make them come alive.” Carine Roitfeld, Fashion editor.
Christy Turlington, Model and humanitarian; Alber Elbaz, Creative director of Lanvin; Michael Kors, Designer.
Farida Khelfa, Model and brand ambassador for Schiaparelli; Francisco Costa, Creative director of Calvin Klein; Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative directors of Valentino.
Joséphine de la Baume, Singer and actress; “Funnily enough, I acted in several films in my 20s. Indie, experimental, gay liberation… I hated it.” Christian Louboutin, Footwear designer; Claire Courtin-Clarins, Skincare heiress; Poppy Delevingne, Model; Olivier Theyskens, Artistic director of Theory; “I was spotted by Richard Avedon on a go-see at Pier 59 in New York. He said he followed my nose from across the room.” Erin O’Connor, Model; Jaime Bochert, Model; James Goldstein, Fashion and basketball superfan; Christopher Kane, Designer.