Style Crush: Diana Vreeland

Late to the party, I finally watched the documentary on Diana Vreeland, The Eye Has To Travel.

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

The movie is surprisingly enjoyable, light-hearted and inspiring.

I was always fascinated by the absurdities and luxuries and the snobbism of the world that fashion magazines showed. Of course, it’s not for everyone…But I lived in that world, not only during my years in the magazines business but for years before, because I was always of that world– at least in my imagination.

I expected her to be another Anna Wintour, but instead I found Mrs Vreeland to be both ridiculous and pathetic and brave and kind of wonderful.

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

I didn’t realise how eccentric she was, nor how extravagant.

A lie to get out of something, or take an advantage for oneself, that’s one thing; but a lie to make life more interesting—well, that’s entirely different.

She was both a snob, and a champion of denim and the bikini.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There’s quite a few books about her, and by her, which I have now added to my reading list.

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There’s only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself.