“Nothing looks worse than a dress or a suit on a red carpet. It is an ongoing tragedy of cheap fashion on cheap celebrities, followed by ubercheap comments. I only like designers’ clothes on models. Good models have an inner understanding of the clothes and design.”—Hedi Slimane
“I’ll do shoes for the lady who lunches, but it would be, like, a really nasty lunch, talking about men. But where I draw the line, what I absolutely won’t do, is the lady who plays bridge in the afternoon!”—Christian Louboutin
1. You should put on the best version of yourself when you go out in the world because that is a show of respect to the other people around you.
2. A gentleman today has to work. People who do not work are so boring and are usually bored. You have to be passionate, you have to be engaged and you have to be contributing to the world.
3. Manners are very important and actually knowing when things are appropriate. I always open doors for women, I carry their coat, I make sure that they’re walking on the inside of the street. Stand up when people arrive at and leave the dinner table.
4. Don’t be pretentious or racist or sexist or judge people by their background.
5. A man should never wear shorts in the city. Flip-flops and shorts in the city are never appropriate. Shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach.
“I’ve always had a very supportive family. There are all these sorts of stereotypes that certain backgrounds - Asian families - want to direct you into certain [careers] but my family has always been, “This is where your talent is, let’s go for it.” And with that I’ve been very lucky.”—Alexander Wang
“Designing a product and understanding how it filters through into the market and into the rest of the company is very important to me. The part about building a lifestyle brand while balancing the creative and commercial side - I think that’s where I find the biggest inspiration to push myself.”—Alexander Wang
“an athletic man, or whatever you want to call him, will only look good in a very classic suit, a pair of classic jeans, athletic clothes, or simply naked. Forget fashion. This is not going to happen, unless you want to look like a Chippendales dancer in designer clothes…And by “fashion,” I mean men’s fashion at the same level as women’s. This is what I always pursued during my design years, defending the idea of men’s fashion rather than men’s wear.”—Hedi Slimane, fan of skinny bros
“There is a maturity in today’s youth—it’s the same maturity I can feel in my grandson playing on his iPad at three years old. Kids educate themselves very early. They will not be satisfied by just initials on the edge of underwear—that’s not enough anymore. You have to give creativity for low prices.”—Jean-Charles de Castelbajac