Quotes of the Week: Courtney Love Talks Going In and Out of Fashion

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The fashion industry isn’t for the faint of heart, and if there’s one thing we’ve come to expect, it’s a ceaseless stream of quotables that will either make us chortle, gawk, or in some rare cases spit-take our Starbucks (we can usually thank Karl Lagerfeld for that). See who said what to get our Twitter feeds humming this week:

Courtney Love spoke to Vanity Fair about going in and out of fashion:

“In 2006, I got booted out of fashion. I had to go to Paris and suck it up and only go to like two shows. I was invited to Stella McCartney and YSL and I met Panos [Yiapanis]. Panos became my best friend and he introduced me to [Givenchy] designer Ricardo [Tisci], who named me his muse. And then the next time I went to Paris, I was all of a sudden in fashion again, to the point where I nearly had a nervous breakdown. I was kind of chunky, and everyone is throwing couture, and I’m invited to 100 shows. It’s hard to go from super unpopular to popular.”

1. Lena Dunham scored a Marie Claire UK cover and got candid on body confidence:

“My parents both have really healthy attitudes about their own bodies but also about the range of things that can be beautiful. But they also just always made me feel pretty and cool and smart, even in the moments when I have known – and still know – that my body wasn’t fitting into a traditional Hollywood idea of the female body”

2. Simon Doonan made his thoughts on critiquing politician’s fashion very clear in an interview with New Republic:

“I think when people write about politicians’ clothes they’re really scraping the barrel, especially when they write about men’s clothes. They do this analysis of like, a red tie. They all wear red ties, for God’s sake. Talk about looking for love in all the wrong places. The politicians in history who have worn remarkable clothes are few and far between. You have to go back to Benjamin Disraeli, who was an outrageous dandy who wore velvet, yellow velvet waistcoats and knickers and he wore a lot of perfume and jewelry. He was extremely camp and over the top. Any politician who’s smart in this day and age is going to dress so as to be unremarkable, but somehow other writers feel it incumbent on themselves to remark on the unremarkable. I don’t know how they do it. “Oh look, he’s wearing an anorak.” And you can get columns out of it, and I think, really? An anorak?”

3. Julia Restoin-Roitfeld revealed to Vogue UK what it was like having a fashion editor for a mother:

“We were only allowed vanilla ice-cream, never chocolate or berry flavours, in case our clothes got stained. She never dressed us in labels, she didn’t want us to be defined by brands — ironic but true!”

4. Anne V told Fashionista about what she encountered modeling at a young age:

“It’s really easy [for young models] to go the wrong way,” she I went from being 16 and never been kissed to men paying attention to me when I started modeling,” she admitted, adding that she was offered access to clubs and alcohol. And when her body started changing–as most women experience–she felt pressure to lose weight. “Being told to lose weight at 16 was so tough for me. No child should ever experience that.”

5. Lauren Hutton spoke with Jenna Lyons for Interview. When asked about her relationship with Diana Vreeland, Hutton said:

“She was different because she had an original eye. You’d think there would be lots of those in fashion, but in fact, most people pretty much just follow fashion. Diana, though, knew what was good without having to be told that it was good. She would decide what was good. Part of what drove her, I think, was because she was not considered a beauty herself. Her mother even used to tell her that she was ugly—she had a sister who was a beauty and all the people she knew at school were beauties. She was told that, in order to get married, it’s about looks. And so instead, she decided what she liked. You know, she’d rush up to Harlem wearing outrageous yellow dresses and dance the night away. When she saw me, fashion was still deep in the ’50s. It might have actually been ’64, but America was still like Mad Men. I didn’t wear a bra—not because anyone told me not to, but because I had fine breasts on their own and I didn’t want to wear a bra. I didn’t like the way they felt … I didn’t wear panties either.”

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