Simon Doonan’s spent this week celebrating the release of his fifth book, Gay Men Don’t Get Fat. It’s a riff on the famous self help book, Why French Women Don’t Get Fat, and sets out to prove the superiority of gays over gamines—in a terribly funny, not at all PC way of course.
Yesterday, he hosted a breakfast at Barneys to talk about how the book came to fruition—he wrote it in just six months—and what he plans to do next. The best bits below (and you can get the book on Amazon now).
On Gay Vs. Straight Food
I can’t believe people ever thought there were four food groups when it’s so obvious that there are two! There’s gay food and straight food. The gayest food, I think it’s got to be macarons. Right? A little box of macarons in all pastels. I think if you lived on macarons you would just explode in a sort of nuclear cloud of gayness.
On Red Carpet Dressing
People always go back to Bjork and the swan dress simply because nobody’s worn anything that interesting in the intervening years—and that was how many years ago? We haven’t had anything fun like that in ages.
On Lessons He’d Like to Teach the Fashion Industry
I’m always very uncomfortable if I feel people are very self critical. There’s plenty of those people in the fashion industry who are very self critical, very masochistic in the way they approach their style, their bodies and I think, maybe, that will be what they learn, just to be reckless and have fun and not be self conscious.
I hope it’s playing to stereotypes! I love stereotypes and sweeping generalizations and anything that’s un-PC. In a way you sort of diffuse them if you throw them around.
On His Favorite Celebs
Tilda Swinton, I always looking forward to seeing her. And that chick from the Dragon Tattoo; she’s pretty great. [Though] it would be terrible if she showed up looking groomed and appropriate.