«You could pick up a dress from Marks & Spencer and spend $30 having it altered so it does your shape justice.»

Certo – virgola – certo.Perhaps we shouldn’t be amazed by such democratic words of sartorial wisdom. After all, this is the same woman who, as we wrap up our shoot for the day, is so graciously having a group of young Twitter followers (who have been waiting patiently in the lobby of her building) up for afternoon tea. Qui.

«She is beyond stunning. Also, she is the Parisienne.»

«Ms. de la Fressange is almost 6 feet tall, about 125 pounds and hipless. She has been the official model for Marianne, the ageless symbol of the French republic that appears on postage stamps and municipal buildings. She is wealthy and quadrilingual. She drinks wine and lots of strong espresso. She doesn’t diet.»

No, niente. Qui.