It’s not the new elegance or the old elegance. Elegance just is. It’s not what you’re wearing; it’s the way you wear it. It doesn’t have to be connected with money, and it doesn’t have to be connected with beauty. You see not-very-good-looking women and still turn to look at them because they are special. Elegance is a state of mind. It’s not changing from one thing to another that makes you elegant. You have to find what works and keep doing it. Some years ago, I met Diana Cooper, who was one of the most beautiful women in England. She was a very old lady when I met her, at a dinner in Barbados, in a very grand house. She came down in a green-and-white dress with no jewelry at all—just a bunch of leaves done up as a brooch. It was fantastic the way she looked! It was like a painting. My fall collection was inspired by Hitchcock. The women had so much mystery, and they all looked so effortless. I paid a lot of attention to color this season. I mixed burgundy with Russian blue. I thought it was a very happy combination of colors—a combination that you don’t see all the time. And I don’t like bags the same color as shoes. I never did. In fashion, you always want something that is not expected. I love jackets this season. And suits. Trench coats are so Hitchcock-mysterious. Pencil skirts for daytime! I like fishnet stockings, but big ones, with an open-toed sandal, and colored stockings for winter. Mostly, you should dress up—but not be obvious. Excess is forbidden. You have to be glamorous and a little bit extravagant, but you don’t want to look like a carnival. And always, you should have excellent accessories. — Carolina Herrera

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