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Bill Blass: Behind the Label

Sunday, February 3
8pm on Full Frontal Fashion
Time Warner Channel 70
Cablevision channel 16
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The legendary New York designer (and close confidant of socialites everywhere) sold his company in late 1999, but the name Bill Blass is still very much a force in the world of fashion. The collection is now designed by critics' darling Lars Nilsson; the profits from the label's forty different licenses are still strong; and Blass himself is currently at work on a tell-all memoir scheduled to appear in bookstores this fall. Full Frontal Fashion's Judy Licht sat down with Blass at both his Manhattan apartment and his Connecticut estate to talk about his life in design. Tune in to MetroTV on February 3 at 8pm for the full interview. What to expect? Here's Blass on Blass.

On his forthcoming book: "It's entitled Bare Blass, which indicates that I'm going to tell all. Obviously, I'm too much of a gent to really tell everything. It'll all be factual, of course, but I don't believe in blatantly writing about yourself in that way. By that I mean this whole sexual thing has got to be, at some point, addressed, but it doesn't have to be embroidered to the degree that I'm uncomfortable -- and so would the reader be."

On the Blass label's new designer, Lars Nilsson: "I have no intention of ever going back and doing collections again, but it does have my name on it, I still have tremendous pride, and who's designing the clothes is important to me. The young man, Lars, who's there now, is a good boy, and he listens, and I think he has a grasp of my philosophy about clothes."

On color: "I'm sick of women in black and in drab colors. Now more than ever I think they want colors that uplift them and the people they're around."

On his recent illness: "I don't advise getting cancer, but on the other hand it sure does take the pounds off."

On retirement: "There comes a moment when you must step back. You know, there's something terribly sad about old fashion editors, old designers. People in our business never leave until they're struck down with death. I think they must leave - it's the only dignified way to disappear. I think that you have to get out after a while. I don't think in the same way as young people, and young people must take over."

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