LA Fashion Week is here, and a lot of people are talking about a lot of things that are the next hot thing. Instead, I want to focus on what Christian Dior (and me) believe to be at the heart of being haute, and it has nothing to do with couture…
Accent: That little personal touch that makes a dress…your own. The accent must always have the touch of your personality… The place you put a clip… The way you tie a bow… How you fold your scarf… The colour you choose for your flower…
Elegance: The right combination of distinction, naturalness, care, and simplicity. Outside this, believe me, there is no elegance. Only pretension.
Emphasis: If you have a particularly outstanding feature it is always a good thing to emphasize it. In fact, the whole of fashion is emphasis—emphasis on a woman’s loveliness.
Fit: It is the fitting that helps to emphasize the loveliness of yourself and hides the little faults you may have.
Grooming: The secret of real elegance. The best clothes, the most wonderful jewels, the most glamorous beauty, don’t count without good grooming.
Individuality: One of the conditions of real elegance. No elegant woman follows fashion slavishly. If a particular new line does not suit you, then ignore it.
Quality: Essential to elegance. I will always put quality before quantity. Good quality materials are not an extravagance—they will give you years of wear.
The Way You Walk: Many women have been known not for their beauty but their charm—and their only charm was the way they walked. It is ridiculous to wear beautiful clothes and then slouch along or sit in a slovenly manner so that they quickly become creased like rags.
Xclusive: Your way to be exclusive is to be yourself. To find in your personality the things that are different and that will make you different from everyone else.
Zest: Anything you do, work or pleasure, you have to do it with zest. You have to live with zest…and that is the secret of beauty and fashion. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.