Simon Doonan At Barney’s in Chicago

April 28, 2008 • Fashion


Simon Doonan is hilarious.  Now, if you have read his books, his NY Observer column, or seen his TV appearances (America’s Next Top Model, VH1) you probably already know that.  However, he is equally clever and witty in person, as I found out when I met him at Barney’s this past Saturday.  Simon was there signing copies of his latest book, Eccentric Glamour: Creating A More Insanely Fabulous You, and like any good reporter, I couldn’t resist asking him a few questions.   

Besides the typical "what do you think of Chicago?" discussion (he thinks that Chicago women used to be much more conservative than New York women, but now they are just as adventurous), Simon shared his style advice for the upcoming seasons:

S/S 2008: Seize the moment and buy lots of neon and colorful, over-the-top prints.  This summer will be "an orgy of hallucinogenic color" and "going shopping is like dropping acid", Simon says, and besides, "glamourous eccentrics love bold fashion and color".

F/W 2008: Better enjoy the vibrant hues of summer while you can, because fall is all about black (perfect for the "glamourous existentialist"!). 

Simon himself was wearing an impeccably tailored sixties-style suit from Band of Outsiders paired with a floral shirt in shades of burnt orange and gold (perfect for an Autumn like Simon – yes, we talked about Color Me Beautiful and how useful it is to know your colors); in fact, he told me that Band of Outsiders is starting to design women’s versions of their precisely cut suits – they are ideal for creating a preppy-boyish look.

So, what about the actual book?  Check back tomorrow for a review of this stylish tome – or pick it up yourself and add a dose of eccentric glamour to your wardrobe.

— Jacqueline Zenn

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