This week’s FiFi Report is a New Zealand Special issue!
Last week, as you may have guessed by my conspicuous absence, I had a trip overseas. Yes, I count NZ as an international trip. I was lucky to be invited by Tourism New Zealand to jet over (Thanks to Air Zealand) to Auckland for NZFashion week. We then went onto Wellington for WOW. We had a fabulous group of editors from around the world. We were totally spoiled. We ate. We drank. We shopped. We fashion weeked. We loved it.
Now a few fashion quotes from to keep us smiling ….
“I don’t take drugs because if I did I’d love them-I’d be a junkie. And because I’m Jewish, I’d probably be a dealer, too.” Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz in a hilarious interview with Vogue UK
“I don’t go out to parties because I’d look terrible in pictures. My escape is television - it’s like meditation to me.”
“I thought about becoming a doctor, I am a hypochondriac, so it made sense to go into medicine - I like nurses, I like hospital food”
“I just couldn’t see the point in fashion anymore, but I remember watching something on television and a woman had lost her husband through a terrorist attack. I thought ‘it doesn’t matter what that woman is wearing’,
“then I realised actually it’s our job as designers to make women smile; to bring them the chocolate without the calories.”
“Today, designers are expected to produce work that is bigger, better, faster and - these days - cheaper. A singer can quit once he or she has made ten great songs, a director can finish once he or she has made five amazing films, a writer just needs to write three great books.”
“Now let’s look at designers - they produce six to eight shows a year, most designers have a 20-year-long career, so I need to create about 250 collections in that time. Not even Danielle Steel could write 250 books.”
“I have never been Alber from Saint Laurent, just like I’m not Alber from Lanvin. I am just Alber short. And I am very short.”
* Alber Sketch from pack of Lanvin “Faces” playing cards €60.00 from Lanvin