Recently while having a pedicure, I picked up a French fashion magazine and began reading an interview with Inés de la Fressange about her latest collaboration with the Japanese retailer, Uniqlo.
Once again she was asked the questions that many of us would like to pose if we could corner her for a few minutes. In this interview she was asked for some style advice that everyone could use.
She said: “Love the classic and run from the conventional.”
OK, I thought, what exactly does she mean as it relates to dressing, which was the context of course. Then I realized precisely what she was saying. It wasn’t abstract at all.
- Avoid the ordinary, the pedestrian, the predictable, the unimaginative.
- Embrace the first-rate, the masterful, the beautiful, the best.
I discussed the subject with My-Reason-For-Living-In-France, forgetting to mention the context, and he said, “the classic defines the beau, it has historical references and defies convention, which is more or less ordinary and uninspiring.”
He then added that the classic always evolves toward the beautiful, it’s not “old” or immutable.
So, there we have it: Look to the classic for elegant style.
This is the little story I promised in my last post. Maybe “great” was an overly exaggerated qualifier.
If you want to see how Inés translated her classic Uniqlo collection, click here.
I am so excited, I have 2500 more words to write for my beauty chapter, which will be accomplished by Tuesday morning and my book will be finished! Finished in the fun-filled world of publishing means the next phase will be lots of back-and-forth editing and many, many questions I’m sure. (And, entre nous, I did interview Inés for the book.)
Now, instead of torturing myself about whether I’m writing anything that could interest anyone, I can return to writing just for you in this space where your kindness lifts my spirits every day.
Merci, merci, XO