Fashion is difficult to explain, and often a single picture does it better than a whole fashion show. I think there is no style without fashion, and no proper fashion without style. Unfortunately, there isn't always style in real fashion. Actually, fashion isn't something you can buy, you need to have the sense of it, and most people don’t.
Fashion and elegance are somewhat similar to “chic”: you have it, or you don’t. It’s very difficult to learn how to have it, but you can learn how to avoid mistakes. Elegance is quite close to “chic”: first of all, it is all about heart and spirit. Fashion comes next. And in my case, all of that comes from my father. He taught me how to understand the spirit of elegance, and not the materiality of it.
-Carine Roitfeld, AnOther magazineNitty Gritty