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Oscar de la Renta Explains Why Hillary Clinton Cut Her Hair

Image: Jason Bell for Gotham Magazine

Image: Jason Bell for Gotham Magazine

Oscar de la Renta isn't the young, sexy starlet we typically see on September issue covers, but all the better: The American designer and one of his lovely creations appears on the upcoming issue of Gotham magazine. Because de la Renta's work is currently the subject of an exhibition at the Clinton Presidential Library (and also because of his willingness to play fairy godfather to John Galliano), the designer's been on a bit of a media tour

For Gotham's September 2013 issue, the designer was interviewed by his friend and colleague, the beloved Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman.

Image: Jason Bell for Gotham Magazine

Image: Jason Bell for Gotham Magazine

Some revelations:

He lets Fargo in on his less-than-complimentary opinion of Coco Chanel: "You know my first wife was French, and every Wednesday she would have lunch with Coco Chanel, who was not the nicest person, but they had a lot of fun. And Coco said something that rings so true: Birthdays are only important to a woman before 18 and after 90."

And here, he explains the fascinating reason Hillary Clinton couldn't cut her hair until she stepped down from her role at the State Department: "Doesn’t she look great now? I told her a while back [when she was Secretary of State] she should cut her hair. She said she couldn’t do it then because when she arrived in a foreign country and asked for a hairdresser, Homeland Security would have to check the person out. [Editor’s note: With long hair, she could style it herself.] But doesn’t she look fantastic now?"

Image: Jason Bell for Gotham Magazine

Image: Jason Bell for Gotham Magazine

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