Inspiration From The Greats: Ten Quotes About Fashion


I really enjoy a good quote. Not only do I Instagram it and hope for a couple hundred likes (ha!), but I really pander to one that hits home. If I see another person quote Coco Chanel saying “a girl should always be two things; classy and fabulous”,or “give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world”, I may just google how to give myself a DIY lobotomy. If we’re going to learn from the greats, how about a few quotes that will give us something to think about or something that reflects their inspiring passion? I’ve put together a list of some I really… enjoyed. And thought I’d share.


1. “About half my designs are controlled fantasy, 15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs.”

     –  Manolo Blahnik

2. “To love something on a superficial level is as honest as loving it on an intellectual level”

     – Marc Jacobs

3. Fashion is life-enhancing and I think it’s a lovely, generous thing to do for other people.”

     – Vivienne Westwood

 4. “Elegance is refusal”

    – Coco Chanel

 5.  “The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.”

     – Yves Saint-Laurent

 6. Fashion does not have to prove that it is serious. It is the proof that intelligent frivolity can be something creative and positive.

     –  Karl Lagerfeld

 7. “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.”

      – Gianni Versace

 8. “Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.”

       –  Donna Karan

  9. “There has to be a balance between your mental satisfaction and the financial needs of your company. (But) I always remember that it’s the fantasy, the artistic side, that makes customers want to buy the straightforward black pants.”

      –  Alexander McQueen

 10. “Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.”

     –  Coco Chanel