Elegance has intrigued and inspired artists for centuries. At The Italian Collection, the art of elegance is at the heart of all we do.
Before we go any further, let us take a peek at the etymology of the word. Elegance comes from the Latin “eligere” meaning to select with care, to choose.
We would further add that elegance, and the choice that brings it forth, is innate and pure. There are no nagging doubts behind an elegant ideal; it is almost unanimously recognised for its grace and simplicity. This ideal can be expressed, lived into and even encapsulated within product or person, yet there seems to be no sure formula for attaining elegance.
The 19th century French novelist and playwright Honore de Balzac who dedicated an entire treatise to the matter, wrote: “It certainly is not bought.” Diana Vreeland was quoted as saying, “It has nothing to do with being well-dressed,” and the doyen of French fashion Coco Chanel claimed that “elegance is refusal.”
“It has nothing to do with being well-dressed.” – Diana Vreeland
Meanwhile Edith Head, eight-time Oscar winner for costume design, famously dove further into the topic, saying, “Many women have asked me if it is possible to have a well-built wardrobe on a limited budget. “Money,” I tell them, “is no guarantee of taste, and an overstuffed wardrobe is as bare as a skeleton when it comes to wearable apparel.”
“Money is no guarantee of taste.” – Edith Head
Irrespective of elegance’s many permutations, of one thing we can be sure – it is that certain something that stands out as saper fare, savoir faire if you will, even blissfulness. Its lightness of being draws you in, but it never boasts; it is the essence of equilibrium, poise, and style.
For us, at The Italian Collection, elegance is a gift of nature embraced in simplicity, harmony, and balance. It is a way of being; it is without affectation or excessive refinement. It shows up through a thoughtful gesture or kind word.
We would go as far as to say that it is in all of our DNA, perhaps akin to a genetic truth, manifesting a soulful purity and clarity that radiates out. As an example to this very inner beauty, let us consider attendees of the Academy Awards. This captivating show begins with the red carpet walk where celebrities serve to showcase iconic designers (and a few nascent ones too).
Each is a paragon of fashion, exemplar of style, donning the right shade of grey, or pale pink matched to the glistening solitaire diamond, or perfectly faceted emerald ring. Yet, some of these finely dressed individuals stand out more than others.
Cate Blanchett in simple elegance
Take Cate Blanchett, who never disappoints, with her style and sartorial know-how. As does Helen Mirren whose ageless beauty, poise, grace and flow stop you in your tracks. What is it about these two fine actors that make them pop?
We would venture to say that it is because they walk unmasked; they are not afraid to show the world who they are. They exude a strong sense of self, a desirable humility, and a quiet confidence that transcends the flowing gown, the sparkling jewel, the perfect accessory. One is drawn to their authenticity, to their beauty, so pure in nature that it cannot be feigned.
We at The Italian Collection strive for this level of elegance through authenticity. We represent artisans who strive for the same in their art, and we select, with care, their most elegant and timeless pieces to share with our clients. Indeed, dear readers, elegance holds sway at The Italian Collection. Visit our online atelier. You will not be disappointed.
Myriam and Cristina