• "Learn to point the finger. If people are giving you the thumbs down on your outfit, simply pass the buck, 'Yes, I know… isn't it hideous! The designer should be ashamed of himself.'"

  • "Sometimes fashion can damage your credibility: nobody wants a colonoscopy performed by some chick in a Comme des Garcons hump dress or a Cavalli sequined unitard."

  • "I like my politicians-and their wives-to be frumpy and frowzy. They must deny themselves any fashion indulgences so that the rest of us can be flossie flosssie and fabulous."

  • "As you get older make sure your eye-wear gets larger. Think Yoko Ono! Think Swifty Lazar! By the time I am 80 I want to be Mr McGoo."

  • "Ditsy jewelry is annoying and unacceptable. Rocks and gems should be emphatic: e.g., turquoise. It’s bold, it’s chunky, it’s bohemian–even if you’re not. It has many moods and magic properties including, some say, the power to protect a rider from a falling off a horse."

Simon in Print

Valley of the Dolls, 50th Anniversary Edition

with forward by Simon Doonan

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Simon in the News

One Couple’s Imagination Goes Wild at a 1967 Weekend Retreat.

Story by Simon Doonan in the October 2016 issue of Dwell Magazine.

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Simon on Slate

May 27, 2016

Getting It Right

A field guide to the five tribes of modern male fashion.

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Simon on Slate

April 26, 2016

The Stylish Sphynx

Remembering Prince, the miniature master of working a look.

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Simon in the News

Life Isn’t Going to Be Grim, Because You Can Wear a Satin Blouson…

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Simon on Slate

February 29, 2016


Oscars red carpet fashion is a terrible responsibility. Who lived up to the challenge?

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Simon on Slate

February 16, 2016

One Note

At the Grammys, the stars traded bold looks for corporate blandness.

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Simon on Slate

February 1, 2016

Valley of the Dolls at 50

The pill-popping, fame-whoring, beauty-chasing book is more apropos than ever.

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