For many years, I worked on East 60th and Madison, a block away from Barneys NYC. I never had the opportunity to meet the retailer’s Creative Ambassador-At-Large, Simon Doonan until now…in Vegas. Touring the country to promote his latest book, The Asylum: A Collage of Couture Reminiscences…and Hysteria, I had the chance to sit down for a chat and champagne with the fashion phenom.
MBC: Your birthday is coming up, any special plans?
Simon: “I’m always out and about, I’m just looking forward to a nice dinner with the hubby, cozy, no hoopla.”
MBC: Welcome to Las Vegas! What are your thoughts about Sin City?
Simon: “I’ve been coming to Las Vegas since the 70’s, it’s so interesting to see its reinventions and transitions, what’s the new thing in Vegas.”
MBC: What are your top three cities for fashion?
Simon: “Fashion has become a global spectator sport, so I’d say – 1. Scranton, 2. Fresno, 3.Detroit”
MBC: Who are the hot UK designers at the moment?
Simon: “Christopher Kane and Erdem”
MBC: Which are the must-see collections in Barneys NYC now?
Simon: “For Women, it’s Sacai and for Menswear, I’d say its Dries Von Noten, Paul Smith and Thom Brown.”
MBC: You’ve said “when in doubt, ensure great lighting.” What are your thoughts on how makeup relates to fashion?
Simon: “Women can use makeup to make a personal expression, it’s an easy way to establish a signature look. Same goes with fashion.”
MBC: Your inspiration for “The Asylum” came from conversations with a friend that works at a mental health facility. Do you think everyone has a little crazy in them?
Simon: I hope so! Everyone needs a bit of neuroses in their lives.”
MBC: Last question, NY, LA or London?
Simon: New York City. Its a melting pot, you feel like you are a part of a big bustling city.
If you’re a fashionista, you’ll enjoy this book. It is a hilarious collage of Simon’s memories and experiences within the explosive world of fashion. I also found out that Mr. Doonan loves Instagram, so follow him there!