Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Woman of Style: Diana Vreeland

In honor of the just-released trailer for Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, it seems as good a time as any to show some love to one of the most important women in the industry. As fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar and eventual editor-in-chief at Vogue, she turned the fashion world on its well-coiffed head. Of her 26-year legacy at Harper's Bazaar, Richard Avedon said "She was and remains the only genius fashion editor.''

Her autobiography D.V. is brilliantly written in her outrageous, off-the-cuff voice. She palled around with Coco Chanel, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (aka Wallis and Edward), Greta Garbo, Cole Porter and...Jack Nicholson (among others). The woman's got stories, trust.

She knew old Hollywood just as well as she knew the Warhol Warehouse and organized Met exhibits and stunning Vogue and Harper's spreads featuring undiscovered and unusual faces. She celebrated the unique, the wild and true individual style; she wasn't afraid to publish it for the betterment of culture as we now know it. She leaves behind an incredible legacy that still inspires today's fashion leaders.

Enjoy the following photos, Vreeland quotes and the trailer for The Eye Has To Travel (fingers crossed for an Atlanta release)! At bottom, I've included what seems like the perfect soundtrack, Paloma Faith's Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful - thank goodness this Brit with amazing vintage style is finally picking up stateside (US tour this fall).

"Fashion must be the most intoxicating release from the banality of the world"

"You know the greatest thing is passion, without it what have you got? I mean if you love someone you can love them as much as you can love them but if it isn't a passion, it isn't burning, it isn't on fire, you haven't lived."

"Style - all who have it share one thing: originality."

“You gotta have style. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it you’re nobody.” 

"The bikini is the most important thing since the atom bomb" 

"I loathe narcissism, but approve of vanity"



Excerpts from her legendary "Why Don't You" columns in Harper's Bazaar (via)...

Why don’t you use a gigantic shell instead of a bucket to ice your champagne?

Why don’t you tie an enormous bunch of silver balloons on the foot of your child’s bed on Christmas Eve?

Why don’t you paint a map of the world on all four walls of your boys’ nursery so they won’t grow up with a provincial point of view?

Why don’t you tie black tulle bows on your wrists?

Why don’t you wear, like the Duchess of Kent, three enormous diamond stars arranged in your hair in front?

More Diana Vreeland
D.V. by Diana Vreeland, an autobiography


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