It is fashion week here in New York City, which makes it a perfect time to pick up Simon Doonan‘s recently released fashion industry exposé The Asylum (Blue Rider Press).

From the publisher:

After nearly a lifetime spent in the Industry, author and fashion insider Simon Doonan is ready to let you in on a little secret: his peers in this multibillion-dollar industry are just as nutty as the denizens of your local loony bin. In The Asylum, an unabashedly hilarious collection of autobiographical essays, Doonan, the creative ambassador for Barneys New York, tells the real-life stories of glamorous madness and stylish insanity.

Doonan has witnessed models unable to work for fear of ghosts, gone deep-sea fishing with a couturier pal and his jailbird companion, and watched Anna Wintour remain perfectly calm while the ceiling fellliterallyin the middle of Fashion Week. Once you start looking, he says, youll notice telltale signs of lunacy everywhere. Style insiders see patterns and trends in everything; they suffer from outsize personality disorders and delusions of grandeur; and of course, they have a predilection for theatrical makeup and artfully destroyed clothing. No one is more suited to the asylum than the truly die-hard fashionistaafter all, eccentricity and extremism are the foundations of great style.

Also, in this corresponding clip, Doonan shares some insightful career advice for young people joining the workforce.



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