There is a very good discussion going on among An Aesthete’s Lament, The House of Beauty and Culture and the blogosphere. Go see what’s what and weigh in with your opinions.
In the meantime, I will give you this wonderful interview that HOBAC was kind enough to bring to my attention via his most excellent blog.
The Charlie Rose interview with Hubert de Givenchy. Just a snippet of what you have to look forward to hearing:
To be well-dressed, clean, bien coife, to be elegant, I think, is a most marvelous thing. But to wear (ugly?) shoes, too much black, no construction in the clothes, this is not fashion. I think it’s terrible to see. This laissez-allez is not for me.
What is it that makes this man so elegant? He is wearing a very simple suit, well-cut, with a white shirt and dark (knitted?) tie. He is clean shaven. He answers questions in English (it was not his native tongue) fluently. He is very well-spoken and engaging. He appears to be enjoying the conversation — relaxed and confident. Judging by the comment that I have transcribed above, it is because he makes it a point to be elegant.
In this case outward appearances reflect the inner man. I should make it a point to watch this first thing every morning, whilst dressing. It is 15 minutes of perfect example.