Showing posts with label Harper's Bazaar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Harper's Bazaar. Show all posts

11/20/12

A Vivid Journey with Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel


"Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel" personifies the masterful “Empress of Fashion,” whose influence changed the way we saw beauty, art, publishing, and culture forever. Launching Twiggy and advising Jackie Onassis were only a few of her accomplishments as the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar and editor-in-chief of Vogue. Her final fashion stint at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gave a historical look at fashion translated to a common language for those in the fashion world.
Although she wasn't a feminist, she revolutionized the role of women in the 20th century bringing culture, art, and fashion revolutions, including the bikini and blue jeans, to the pages of magazines.

The her magazine transformed fashion photography into an art form.  The interviews in her living room she called a garden in hell, revealed so many details of her years at Harpers Bazaar and Vogue that I felt connected to her as a person, editor and fashion lover.


She was not schooled in fashion, however her education was provided by "the world ".  She boldly stated, in order to be in fashion, the first thing you should arrange is to be born in Paris, everything else follows.

She was a dancer of the roaring 20's in NYC and spent many nights dancing in clubs. She proudly proclaimed, " on those evenings I saw a lot of fun." Watching Josephine Baker she commented on her love of that "pizzazz" thing Baker had.

When Jane Pauley asked what personified her style, she replied," a race horse- because they have a little extra pizzazz."  She said she knew if she was going to make it, she had to stand out.


Vreeland lived in and traveled to amazing places, but my favorite quote about a city was her comment, "The best thing about London was Paris."  When she lived in London, she was always sneaking away to Paris.  Diana was very close to CoCo Chanel, wearing many of her pieces, and although she was exposed to the most influential designers of her time, she said that no one had a better feel about luxury than CoCo.

Carmel Snow noticed Vreeland at an event and admired what she had on which, naturally,  was Chanel.  Although she had no experience in fashion, Snow asked her to come on board with Harpers Bazaar stating, "Why don't you try it?" 


Thus, she titled her column, "Why don't you?"  The world was in midst of a recession and Vreeland dreamed up "mad" ideas of excess and luxury.  She had an original point of view that varied from the norm.  It truly separated her from the rest.
My favorite quote of her reads: "Style is everything. It's what gets you up in the morning. And I'm not talking about clothes."  How profound?  I love the quote and couldn’t agree more. Fashion isn’t about the clothes, it is about the way a woman or man carries the clothes. Vreeland nailed it.


In college, the director of the film, LisaImmordino Vreeland, was mesmerized by Diana Vreeland’s presence. She later fell in love with Vreeland’s grandson, becoming an official member of the Vreeland family. Although her background was art history, she had energy towards fashion.


Following the screening, Ms. Lisa Vreeland will engaged in a candid conversation with a friend and Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Lynn Wyatt. 


Diana Vreeland's mystical ways and beliefs continue to resonate throughout the fashion and art world.  Although, the director had concerns about Diana Vreeland being misunderstood, I feel that I understand her quite well and applaud her style, vim and vigor of life, fashion, art and travel.
You are truly an Empress Ms. Vreeland.

9/21/11

Diana Vreeland... An Iconic Treasure

The Vintage Contessa admires Vreeland's love for FASHION

One of my favorite fashion icons is Diana Vreeland. Her quotes are impeccably on target and is said to have invented the word "pizzazz" during her Harper’s Bazaar years.
Diana first came into the limelight of the readers with her column, “Why Don't You ... ?” making suggestion such as: "Why don't you ... wear, like the Duchess of Kent, three enormous diamond stars arranged in your hair in front?

This is one my favorite all time quotes by anyone in the fashion industry. To me it sums it all up!!“You gotta have style. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it you’re nobody. I’m not talking about a lot of clothes.”

A few other memorable quotes include:

Blue jeans are the most beautiful things since the gondola.
-Diana Vreeland

Elegance is innate. It has nothing to do with being well dressed. Elegance is refusal.
-Diana Vreeland

I always wear my sweater back-to-front; it is so much more flattering.
-Diana Vreeland

I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.
-Diana Vreeland


One of the pieces of jewelry I covet most is Diana Vreeland’s set of Verdura Cuffs. She was so extravagant and cared so little what others thought of her style. She was a true standout when people didn’t break the mold. I admire her vigor for life, ability to break through barriers and stand for her beliefs.


A new book chronicles 50 years of her international life in fashion: Diana Vreeland, The Eye Has to Travel. Barneys sells the book on line and quoted Oscar de La Renta as saying,
“She was a force of nature. No one had the brilliance of personality that Diana had. Without ever being able to sing, she was a rock star!”


One of Diana’s most loved designers was Balenciaga. She was quoted as saying,
“Balenciaga did the most delicious evening clothes. Clothes aren't delicious any more.”