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Six Pearls of Wisdom From Simon Doonan to FIT's Class of 2011

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FIT graduates got a special, unscheduled treat at their commencement ceremony yesterday: Simon Doonan spoke! After being presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from the college, the inimitable Doonan took the podium and set out to dispense six outrageous tips for a happy and successful life and career.

These weren't your run of the mill graduations bits—there was no believe-in-yourself or do-your-research or take-risks or read-books (though we got a lot of that from faculty members and keynote speaker Aerin Lauder). Actually, they were better.

1.) "Don’t try to start a fashion company using your Aunt Mitzi’s pension fund. " Because you'll feel really bad when she's "destitute."

2.) "Make sure you have at least one drag queen in your life." They're very "life-affirming."

3.) Don't douse cologne like a "street-walker." Rather, "do it the Valentino way: Spray a cloud of cologne into the air and then walk into it."

4.) Business trips are "fun" and "cheesy;" but don't forget to tip the chambermaid.

5.) Have pickles at the ready—if not for "Aunt Mitzi" than for "Snookie."

6.) Get a job in "retail, retail, retail!" "After a quarter of a century at Barneys, I can tell you that retail has given me an incredible, enriching, stimulating, gorgeous career. There's never a dull moment."

Then he signed off with a "have a nice life!" It was awesome, and much-needed after the student body president's secondhand embarrassing speech. Hey FIT—proof that stuff from now on! Yikes!

· FIT Honors Simon Doonan with Lifetime Achievement Award [The Window]
· FIT [Official Site]

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