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This week, Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week is clicking into action. While we don’t particularly love “fashion week” (read here why), we do love fashion. While we’re getting in the spirit for experiencing the Spring/Summer 2014 collections, we’ve taken a moment to remember a few icons that constantly inspire and remind us how fucking awesome fashion really is. [Follow us on Pinterest for more fashion, music and inspiring words from some of the coolest people ever.]

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“Beau Brummell, who was this great dandy, once said, ‘If people turn around to look at you on the street, you are not well-dressed.'” — Glenn O’Brien via Beau Brummell… Or rather, O’Brien’s very reiterated motto on style.

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“It isn’t good because you like it; you like it because it’s good.” — Suzy Menkes, on “fashion journalism.”

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“It is so important for designers not to run scared, and not to be too worried about what’s safe and what’s commercial.” Anna Wintour [image from Wintour in the early 1990s — amazing — via]

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“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. — Coco Chanel

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“It’s a new era in fashion — there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.” — Alexander McQueen

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“What is fashion? It’s discipline. Discipline and a credo to do only the best, down to the smallest detail.” — Manolo Blahnik

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“…But as an adult working in the fashion industry, I struggle with materialism. And I’m one of the least materialistic people that exist, because material possessions don’t mean much to me. They’re beautiful, I enjoy them, they can enhance your life to a certain degree, but they’re ultimately not important.” — Tom Ford

Designer Style

“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”— Yves Saint Laurent [Getty Images]

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“Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.”— Jean Cocteau

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“I’m not a marketing person. I don’t ask myself questions. I go by instinct.” — Karl Lagerfeld

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“You don’t have to be born beautiful to be wildly attractive.” — Diana Vreeland

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“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” — Gianni Versace

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“Fashion is about what you look like, which translates to what you would like to be like.” —  Jean Paul Gaultier

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