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10 Notable Quotations on Fashion from the Experts

So many people want to be fashion icons, but so very few actually make it in this world. But for those who somehow manage to make the leap and succeed as legends in their own time, their experiences and wisdom deserves to be passed on to generations of aspiring fashionistas. It’s not just downtown hipsters who should pay heed to the words of their elders. Regular women looking for a bit of inspiration for their daily fashion and attitude would do well to listen to words on fashion from the experts, too.

From his geeky days to his new rock-hard yoga body, designer Marc Jacobs has been in charge of huge fashion houses and his own line. Famous quote: “I’d like to believe that the women who wear my clothes are not dressing for other people, that they’re wearing what they like and what suits them. It’s not a status thing.”

For designer Issac Mizrahi, fashion just wasn’t enough–he had to have a television show, too. After years in the business, he’s got more than enough insight and zany quotes to fill several books, let alone a single article. Here’s one: “I don’t like people to feel completely described by the clothes they wear of mine. I want them to feel that they’re describing themselves.”

Perhaps the biggest name in American fashion, Anna Wintour is important enough as the editor of Vogue that she even had a movie made about her, called “The Devil Wears Prada.” While not the devil itself, she does have a particularly strong wit for saying what she thinks that should serve as an inspiration for many generations to come: “I read in the New York Times this week that I’m an ice queen, I’m the sun king, I’m an alien fleeing from District 9 and I’m a dominatrix. So I reckon that makes me a lukewarm royalty with a whip from outer space. Whattaya think?”

You can’t really talk about fashion without talking about Madonna. Though she might be all grown up now, her 1980s attire launched a thousand teenage girls to run around the mall and copy her style. On making it: “I think the ultimate challenge is to have some kind of style and grace, even though you haven’t got money, or standing in society, or formal education. I had a very middle, lower-middle class sort of upbringing, but I identify with people who’ve had, at some point in their lives to struggle to survive. It adds another color to your character.”

Once a fixture of the explosive after-hours seen in 1980s London, Simon Foxton still lives and works as a stylist today. He was one of the first stylists of the 1980s to make it from the club flyers to the glossy magazines of Milan and New York. Famous quote: “For the last three or four decades it has been the streets [setting trends], and maybe now it’s gone back to the designers again and they’re the ones who are coming up with the goods and setting the trends.”

One of the original supermodels, Naomi Campell is a woman not known to hold back on what she’s thinking: “This year, we have gone back all the way that we had advanced. I don’t see any black woman, or of any other race, in big advertising campaigns.”

A man who knows what it’s like to turn a name into a brand, Ralph Lauren set the bar for accessible yet proper fashion and what it means to create a lifestyle instead of just a garment. Famous quote: “I’d like to believe that the women who wear my clothes are not dressing for other people, that they’re wearing what they like and what suits them. It’s not a status thing.

Jayde Johannsen loves analyzing style. This is why she put together the Women’s Shoes website. It has a section on all the major shoe categories, including women’s dress shoes

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