|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
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
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