The Asylum: A collage of couture reminiscences...and hysteria

The Asylum: A collage of couture reminiscences...and hysteria

Simon Doonan


After approximately a life-time spent within the undefined, writer and style insider Simon Doonan is able to allow you to in on a bit mystery: his friends during this multibillion-dollar are only as nutty because the denizens of your neighborhood loony bin. In The Asylum, an unabashedly hilarious choice of autobiographical essays, Doonan, the inventive ambassador for Barneys long island, tells the real-life tales of glamorous insanity and fashionable madness.  

Doonan has witnessed types not able to paintings for worry of ghosts, long past deep-sea fishing with a couturier friend and his jailbird spouse, and watched Anna Wintour stay completely calm whereas the ceiling fell—literally—in the center of favor Week. when you begin taking a look, he says, you’ll realize telltale indicators of lunacy far and wide. sort insiders see styles and tendencies in every little thing; they be afflicted by outsize character problems and delusions of grandeur; and naturally, they've got a predilection for theatrical make-up and artfully destroyed garments. not anyone is extra suited for the asylum than the really die-hard fashionista—after all, eccentricity and extremism are the rules of significant style.

With his gimlet eye for the absurd and a love for eccentricity, Doonan’s own tales by no means fail to entertain. “The David Sedaris of the fashion universe” (The Boston Globe) provides us the news at the kooky, cutthroat—but constantly fabulous—fashion global, and proves himself one of many sharpest humorists writing this day.

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