Inside Barneys New York: Simon Doonan Dishes All His Style Secrets

Much like florals in spring or Marni platforms during Fashion Week, Simon Doonan is ubiquitous. You've probably heard his signature English snark on TV. Or maybe you've read his bitingly hilarious and brutally honest style articles on Slate, or his newest book, Gay Men Don't Get Fat . But above all, you know him as the mastermind behind the gorgeous window displays at Barneys New York. Yes, wherever there is fashion to be had, you can bet this larger-than-life dandy deity is waiting in the wings, ready to give his candid opinion on weighty matters like whether small boobs are making a comeback and what exactly separates Lady Gaga from Anna Wintour.
Since he's so vocal about others, we wanted to pick his brain a bit regarding his own fashion sensibility, who his favorite style stars are, and, of course, what he's wearing this spring. So, click through to check out Simon's whimsical outfits—which we shot in Barneys before the store opened (cue the-kid-in-the-candy-store reference)—find out his one grooming must, and learn about his most outrageous club look, ever. The answers might just surprise you…but then again, surprises are what this man does best.
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Peep Simon Doonan goofing off at Barneys, and check out his four spring looks any guy (or girl!) can copy.
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What's on your spring reading list (besides your new book)?
"I am reading The Idiot by Dostoyevsky. It's not so easy. I am having a hard time keeping track of all the Russian names. I am starting to think that I may be 'The Idiot' in question."

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Even a dapper guy like Simon can still pal around in a bright red pair of Nikes.

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What are some women's trends you're hating on right now?
"I don't hate anything in fashion. Everything is okay as long as you do it with enough conviction. Hating on stuff is what causes mediocrity and conformism. It makes people nervous and cautious and they start reining in their flamboyant impulses. So you could say 'I hate hating.'"

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What is your one style weakness?
"I love my floral Liberty shirts but I regard them as a strength rather than a weakness."

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Even though we took these photos before Barneys opened for the day, somehow we think Simon poses like this during regular store hours, too.

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Who was your fashion idol growing up?
"Twiggy was my idol. She was a working class kook with a truly idiosyncratic look. (I related.) And she never tried to be cool and remote. She was always unpretentious and groovy. And still is."

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And now?
"I bow down at the temple of Tilda. She is effortlessly chic and strange and fascinating without ever being up her own butt, if you know what I mean, and I suspect you do."

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Sorry Anderson Cooper, but we've got a new favorite silver fox.

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What's your catchphrase?
"GIRLS! You are not going to believe this one…"

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This Golden Goose scarf looks très chic against this Parisian striped shirt.

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Any grooming tips for men (or women)?
"Moisturize your toes. When I forget to do this my tootsies look 2-million-years old and crusty. A little moisturizer and they start to look vaguely acceptable."

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Is there any piece in your apartment that you guys fought over?
"When it comes to our pad I defer to my Jonny. He holds the decorating remote."

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Simon schools us in boater-chic and colorblocking.

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What are some of your spring essentials?
"I am jonesing for that windbreaker from Aspesi and the brown check jacket from Barena. I am having a foncy Italian moment. The oversize Nixon watch floats my boat too but I am worried it makes me look smaller than I am. I call it The Alice in Wonderland effect."

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What was the most outrageous costume you wore out to a club?
"I was very big into the New Romantic movement in the early 80's. I thought nothing of leaving my house dressed as a pirate. I was recruited for that Bette Davis Eyes video with Kim Carnes. That's me in the Westwood squiggle T-shirt... and pirate hat!"

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