Simon Doonan Talks Barneys & Diana Vreeland

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It’s hard to imagine waking up in the morning at your absolute favorite store in the world. For Simon Doonan, creative ambassador to Barneys New York, that fantasy can be a reality. We here at The New Potato insisted on being locked in Barneys with Doonan for the day, because is there really a better way to kick off New York Fashion Week? Today also marks the release of Doonan’s new book, The Asylum, a collection of essays reminiscing on his adventures in couture. It’s really not a question of whether or not the delightfully light, quick-witted, and style-savvy Doonan was made for the fashion industry.
During our Barneys lockdown, whether he was waking up with Assouline’s latest coffee-table book in the home section, pillaging every possible bag and pair of sunglasses on the first floor, sneaking in a quick nap under a Burberry raincoat, or grabbing a quick breakfast over the Daily News at Fred’s, Doonan seemed born to be living at Barneys (can we make that a bumper sticker?). Enjoy the first half of our day — and our interview with Doonan — and stay tuned for the second half this Saturday…

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