Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Meditation on elegance

On 2/17/12 I read a Huffington Post style article titled Stefano Pilati: 'It's Not Easy To Find Elegant Women'. Mr. Pilati, who is the creative director at Yves Saint Laurent, is quoted in an interview with VICE as saying:  
My idea of elegance...is that someone is elegant when he or she shows a good knowledge of what fits them, where you can find naturalness and self-esteem. Not showing off. Elegance is the idea of showing an optimistic depiction of oneself, and to lose oneself in the frivolity of style and fashion. Nowadays nobody gives a shit about being elegant, or chic.
This article has sent me on a search for the meaning of elegance, and whether or not it matters. It is a somewhat personal quest because I don’t feel elegant myself. I wonder if I should, whether or not it is important. Mr. Pilati does not exhibit elegance in his choice of words; is he correct in saying that it is hard to find elegant women now?

I start by showing and quoting Audrey Hepburn, the most elegant woman I can think of.

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” —Audrey Hepburn


osovictoria said...

Awww...to be elegant while gardening, mopping the floor, making the beds, changing the diapers, cooking dinner, laundry, driving got to love it ;)Do you remember the book The Harried Housewife? Did I spell that right? Lucy and June always looked elegant in these roles.

But,I know what he means, In the new episode of Mad Men, Peter said about his wife, "she use to never leave the house in her housecoat", now people shop in their jammie pants.

Gotta love the freedom, but miss the elegence of the past.

denisebrain said...

I don't know of the book you mention, but you've certainly cut to the chase on the issue Victoria. Freedom and power for women seemed to come in at the expense of elegance.

Are they mutually exclusive?