mercredi 10 septembre 2014
La plus belle définition de l'élégance
"Fashion is a passing thing - a thing of fancy, fantasy, and feeling. Elegance is innate. It has nothing to do with being well-dressed. It's a quality possessed by certain thoughts and certain animals. Gazelles, I suppose, have elegance with their tiny heads and their satiny coats and their little winning ways..."
Once, years ago in Sidi Bou Said, a little gazelle jumped in my lap, terrified. His greatest terror, of course, was being in my lap, but I felt these tiny hoofs and this miniature face looked in my eyes as only a woodland creature can... I've never forgotten it.
So I said, "Gazelles have elegance. And Audrey Hepburn - magnificently."
Then I said something I've always known. I don't know who it's a quote from. I didn't get it from you, shall we say, and I didn't make it up, but i've known it all my life.
"Elegance", I said, "is refusal".