Synopses & Reviews
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.
With his gimlet eye for the absurd and a love for eccentricity, Doonans personal and professional stories never fail to entertain. The David Sedaris of the style universe” (The Boston Globe) gives us the scoop on the kooky, cutthroatbut always fabulousfashion world, and proves himself one of the sharpest humorists writing today.
Simon Doonan knows that when it comes to style, the gays are the chosen people. A second anthropological truth comes to him midway through a turkey burger with no bun, at an otherwise hetero barbecue: Do the straight people have any idea how many calories are in the guacamole? In this hilarious discourse on and guide to the well-lived life, Doonan goes far beyond the secrets to eating like the Frenchandmdash;he proves that gay men really are French women, from their delight in fashion, to their brilliant choices in accessories and dandeacute;cor, to their awe-inspiring ability to limit calorie intake. A Gucci-wearing Margaret Mead at heart, Doonan offers his own inimitable life experiences and uncanny insights into makes gay people driven to live every day feeling their best, and proves that they have just as muchandmdash;and possibly betterandmdash;wisdom, advice, and inspiration beyond the same old diet and exercise tips.
So put down that bag of Pirateandrsquo;s Booty and pick up this fierce and fabulous book. From slimming jaunts through Capri in the evening to an intrepid andldquo;Bearandrdquo; hunt (if you have to ask, you have to read this book and find out for yourself), Gay Men Donandrsquo;t Get Fat is the ultimate approach to a glamorous lifestyleandmdash;plus, you are guaranteed to laugh away the pounds!
Simon Doonan, the David Sedaris of the style universe” (The Boston Globe), pens a hilarious collection of autobiographical essays in this bitingly funny valentine to the fashion industry.
About the Author
Simon Doonan is the creative ambassador for Barneys New York and the author of several books, including Gay Men Don't Get Fat, Wacky Chicks, and Beautiful People (published in the U.S. as Nasty), which became a BBC TV series. Originally from England, he worked on Savile Row, at Maxfield in Los Angeles, and with Diana Vreeland at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art before becoming the creative director of Barneys New York, where he designed legendary window displays for more than twenty years. In 2009, he designed the holiday decorations for the Obama's first White House Christmas. Formerly a columnist for The New York Observer, he is now a contributor to Slate.com, and has appeared on Gossip Girl, Iron Chef America, America's Next Top Model, and elsewhere. Doonan lives in New York with his husband, Jonathan Adler.