Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.

When I started making clothes for my line Y’s in 1977, all I wanted was for women to wear men’s clothes. I jumped on the idea of designing coats for women. It meant something to me – the idea of a coat guarding and hiding a woman’s body. I wanted to protect the woman’s body from something – maybe from men’s eyes or a cold wind.
— Yohji Yamamoto

The higher the better. It’s more about an attitude. High heels empower women in a way.

“I’m stressed and depressed but at least I’m well dressed.”

Dress like you’re going to meet your worst enemy today.
— Coco Chanel

You shouldn’t have to dress a certain style or wear makeup to impress someone. You should only have to dress a certain style and wear makeup to impress yourself

If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.
— Chanel

Elegance isn’t solely defined by what you wear. It’s how you carry yourself, how you speak, what you read.

I remember Naomi [Campbell] would tell all the other models to be careful on the runway, telling them the catwalk was slippery, making them nervous - then when she would walk out on the catwalk like a goddess. It’s still like this, nothing’s changed.
— Donatella Versace

You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
— Oscar Wilde

Elegance is usually confused with superficiality, fashion, lack of depth. This is a serious mistake: human beings need to have elegance in their actions and in their posture because this word is synonymous with good taste, amiability, equilibrium and harmony.
— Paulo Coelho

You will never look like the girl in the magazine. The girl in the magazine doesn’t even look like the girl in the magazine.

I also see it with our young fashion students. When I ask them ‘Do you make men’s or women’s clothing?’, they say 'Why? I make both.’ They don’t see the difference anymore. That’s a step forward, I’d say.
— Guido Maria Kretschmer

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

At the beginning, when I had no money to make clothes that were really precise, the storytelling was stronger than the clothing. Everything was telling a story of this French girl—not the Parisian girl but the French girl.
— Simon Porte Jacquemus

I think there is beauty in everything.
— Alexander McQueen

I feel feminine when I feel feminine. I feel masculine when I feel masculine. I am a role switcher.
— Grace Jones

I became a fashion designer because I wanted to make men and women feel more beautiful and to empower them with a feeling of confidence. A feeling of knowing that they looked their best and could then present their best selves to the world.
— Tom Ford

I make clothes for strong women. Women who wouldn’t necessarily care what their husbands think - or a lot of other people.
— Rei Kawakubo, Vogue UK May 2018

You don’t need fashion designers when you are young. Have faith in your own bad taste. Buy the cheapest thing in your local thrift shop - the clothes that are freshly out of style with even the hippest people a few years older than you. Get on the fashion nerves of your peers, not your parents - that is the key to fashion leadership. Ill-fitting is always stylish. But be more creative - wear your clothes inside out, backward, upside down. Throw bleach in a load of colored laundry. Follow the exact opposite of the dry cleaning instructions inside the clothes that cost the most in your thrift shop. Don’t wear jewelry - stick Band-Aids on your wrists or make a necklace out of them. Wear Scotch tape on the side of your face like a bad face-lift attempt. Mismatch your shoes. Best yet, do as Mink Stole used to do: go to the thrift store the day after Halloween, when the children’s trick-or-treat costumes are on sale, buy one, and wear it as your uniform of defiance.