Doonan took to the stage and doled out the following tips for fledgling designers, which were then posted on Barneys' blog, The Windows:
Don't try to start a fashion company using your Aunt Mitzi's pension fund.
Make sure you have at least one drag queen in your life.
When you spray on perfume, do it the Valentino way: Spray a cloud of cologne into the air and then walk into it. Never "splosh" it directly on your skin.
Always leave a tip for the hotel maid: Good karma for you, cash for her.
Always keep a jar of pickles in the refrigerator. You never know when Aunt Mitzi (or Snookie) might drop in.
Get a job in a store. After a quarter of a century at Barneys, I can tell you that retail has given me an incredible, enriching, stimulating, gorgeous career. There's never a dull moment. Retail, retail, retail.
Considering all the talented graduates entering the fashion fray from FIT, Parsons, Pratt, and elsewhere, it's good that they're getting advice both practical and playful.