Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 24, No. 43, Ed. 1 Friday, March 21, 2008 Page: 102 of 128
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Simon Doonan's new book.
Barney's New York creative honcho
unveils 'Eccentric Glamour'
at Fashion at the Park
By Daniel A. Kusner Life+Style Editor
At last year's inaugural season of Fashion at
the Park, people were falling out of their
chairs while listening to Simon Doonan's
runway commentary for the Barney's New York
show. As an austere male model made his
entrance, Doonan announced, "This is Adolf. He
has a compost toilet and is wearing a calfskin-
belted waistcoat. I met him this morning at the
Westin Center City omelet bar."
And for every garment, Doonan invented
hilarious anecdotes and provided the models
with wacky fictitious names: One of my favorites
Doonan's work is always fun and funny —
whether it's overseeing Barneys' creative fancy,
appearing as a pop-up commentator for VH1 spe-
cials or writing books. His fourth literary endeav-
or; "Eccentric Glamour: Creating a More Insanely
Fabulous You" is scheduled to be released on
April 8. And for this year's Fashion at the Park,
Doonan promises give his first public reading, and
the Barney's show will emulate his new vision.
"At the beginning of the 21st Century, I sud-
denly woke up and wondered why women were
all dressing like pole dancers. If you're a pole
dancer, that's fine. But if you aren't, why would
you give the impression that you are?" Doonan
asks during a recent phone interview.
His problem wasn't that women looked like
whores. It was their slavish dedication to cloning
themselves in the tradition of "The Real Wives of
What happened to original style?
"I want to return to a period where women try
to distinguish themselves and develop a more
idiosyncratic personal style. Celebrities are overly
concerned with landing up on the 'What Were
They Thinking?' page. Their personal style is
more about being hypersexual and attractive
rather than being interesting," he explains.
So Doonan breaks down his eccentric glam
into three archetypes, which can be mixed,
matched and changed out — a look for daytime;
another for night...
There's The Socialite: "Which is a more
tumed-out look and the most conventional com-
ponent of eccentric glam. She's the Palm Beach
socialite, very Jackie O. She has a heavy emphasis
on designer clothing, but she doesn't dress like a
slut. She'll carry a vintage Pucci bag and embrace
color with purple Prada coat."
And then there's The Gypsy: "Think Stevie
Nicks, Isadora Duncan or Mary Kate and Ashley.
She's tempestuous and bohemian.
"The gypsy is firmly rooted in hippie culture.
It's a great look for larger girls. Lots of ethnic fab-
ric. It's not about looking sexy, but interesting."
Doonan says the smallest but most influential
group is The Existentialists. "Very avant-garde
— this would be Nancy Cunard, Siouxsie Sioux,
Nina Hagan and let's not forget Simone de
Bouvier. She's a more hardcore woman who
starts trends. This look takes guts. Many musician
gals opt for the existentialist look. The existential-
ists gave birth to the beatniks who gave birth to
the punks who gave birth to new wave fashion."
Can the eccentric glam philosophy be applied
to Doonan's gay brothers?
"Being a man is much simpler. The main
clothing identities for gay men are preppy or
trampy-hustler. They're either tying to give a
WASPy vibe or going for a Dolce & Gabbana
southern Italian gigolo look," Doonan says. "But
at this point nothing is really in or out anymore.
The only faux pas is conformity."
Can guys get away with the slutty look more
"Anyone can get away with it. My question is,
why do you want people to think you shag every-
thing that moves? I'd want people to think I was
interesting and attractive — not that I'm on my
knees in every alleyway giving blowjobs.
"Being a ho isn't so great — hanging out in a
parking lot and huffing glue ... It's not great."
Wednesday, March 26
• Barneys New York. 6 p.m. Tickets $150,
includes runway show and opening party
with Simon Doonan,
• Custo Barcelona. 9 p.m. Tickets $40,
includes after-party in the tent,
Thursday, March 27,
• Oscar de la Renta. Noon. Tickets $100.
• Giorgio Armani. 6 p.m. Tickets $100.
• bebe. 8 p.m. Tickets $45-$50.
• Diesel. 10 p.m. Tickets $45-$50, includes
after-party in the tent.
Friday, March 28
• The Power of Style presented by Nordstrom
and Vogue. Noon. This event spotlights three
Dallas female professionals and philanthro-
pists. Tickets, $125, includes buffet lunch,
• CH Carolina Herrera. 7 p.m. Tickets $150,
includes pre-show reception.
• Intermix. 9 p.m. Tickets $65, includes after
• Miss Sixty. 11 p.m. Tickets $45-$50.
Includes after-party in the tent.
Saturday, March 29,
• Nordstrom Cosmetics Trend Event, 9 a.m.
Makeup, skincare and fragrances showcase.
Tickets: $15, redeemable toward a cosmet-
ics purchase on the day of the event,
• Macy's. 11 a.m. Tickets $25-$35, Includes
after-party and gift bag,
• Dillard's. 1 p.m. Ticket price: $25-$35.
• Strike a Pose: Fash ion! Da I las/Kim Dawson
Model Search. 3 p.m. Tickets $25.
• The Gala presented by Neiman Marcus,
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and
NorthPark Center. 7:30 p.m. invitation-only,
includes a seated dinner, live entertainment
and runway show
WHERE IS IT?
Look for the tents near the Nordstrom
entrance at NorthPark Mall, 214 Northpark
Center. For tickets and more information, visit
North par keen ter. com.
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