Barneys is really pushing the green thing this year. First, Creative Director Simon Doonan decked out their window with a recycling Rudolph. Now you can watch him in the hilarious video at left, interviewing Fashion Director Julie Gilhart about all the green products shoppers can buy from Barneys for the holidays. But is it just us, or does Simon kind of sound like the street vendor hawking broken lamps in the beginning of Aladdin?
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Simon Doonan on the Food that Will Make You 'Explode In a Nuclear Cloud of Gayness'
Being read aloud to by Simon Doonan is a rare treat--one that I was privy to yesterday when Barneys' creative ambassador-at-large held story time at the department store to promote his latest book, Gay Men Don't Get Fat ($24.95, Blue Rider Press). The book is Doonan's fourth, and it's a hilarious piss take at French Women Don't Get Fat, dedicated to "the straight women of the world, whose lives seem insanely more complicated than my own and whose shoes must surely hurt like hell." Being read to from it was like getting a slightly dirty totally hilarious bed time story from the gay uncle you wish you had, only at 9 a.m. over yogurt and berries at Barneys--so, even gayer. Speaking of yogurt and berries, Doonan would tell you that they are totally gay foods. Foods, according to Doonan, can be categorized by their sexuality. He discussed this theory, and much more yesterday, including: why fashion people should stop being so masochistic, why he'd be a horrible addition to Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the abysmal state of the red carpet, and why you shouldn't get offended by his book.