Interview: Welcome to “The Asylum,” the Latest Book by Simon Doonan

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.

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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!

2 thoughts on “Interview: Welcome to “The Asylum,” the Latest Book by Simon Doonan

  • October 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    cool interview! on a superficial note I have to say that: your hair looks awesome!

    • October 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks so much! I just got it cut for breast cancer awareness ❤️


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