Monday, October 8, 2012
Have you seen The Eye Has To Travel, the documentary about Diana Vreeland? I went in mildly curious about her reign as editor at Harper's Bazaar and Vogue and walked out mad about Diana.
Most fashionistas remember Diana for her "Why Don't You?" columns filled with wildly decadent suggestions...Why don't you... wear violet velvet mittens with everything? ...Why don't you... own, as does one extremely smart woman, twelve diamond roses of all sizes?...Why don't you …have a room done up in every color green? This will take months, years, to collect, but it will be delightful—a melange of plants, green glass, green porcelains, and furniture covered in sad greens, gay greens, clear, faded, and poison greens?
She was always amusing and wrote the book on signature style with her red lacquered nails, red lipstick and severe black bob, but there is so much more to her story. It was her eye for unconventional beauties, the way her layouts still feel modern and how she embraced all things new that won me over. And then I remembered one of my first interviews with Peter Lamas, a makeup artist who worked on everyone from Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly to Britney Spears. I asked him who the most beautiful woman he'd ever met was. Diana Vreeland he gushed, and remembered how she commanded a room filled with 30 models. She was wearing no makeup except a slash of red lipstick and he told me he was slayed by her and would've asked her to marry him if she wasn't already married. Now I see why.
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