Diana Vreeland was a noted columnist and editor in the field of fashion, working for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and as a special consultant for the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She always had a fascination with beautiful things and constantly reinvented herself to become the epitome of style. A gleeful iconoclast and daringly original thinker, she cultivated a striking sense of personal style in response to her unconventional beauty referred to as “jolie laide” which translates to “ugly pretty” in French.
Diana realized that only her taste and vision could set her apart and instead of concealing her so-called flaws, she transformed them into a mark of elegance by emphasizing them. Through sheer will and a disciplined study of all things sartorial, literary, and artistic, Diana became a force that dared observers not to notice.
'I like almost every color,'' she wrote in her memoir, ''D.V.”. But red was her favorite color. ''It makes all other colors beautiful. I can't imagine becoming bored with red - it would be like becoming bored with the person you love.'' She flamboyantly told her friend and decorator Billy Baldwin to make her living room ''be a garden, but a garden in hell,''. The entire room was done in a divine red Persian inspired glazed chintz from Colefax & Fowler.
She consistently advertised her personal mantra: “Style: All who have it share one thing – originality.” She dared everyone to live in a more provocative fashion and let fantasy to play a dominant role. Few influential fashion figures throughout time, have been as consistent as Diana Vreeland in vision, passion, and point-of-view.
Tom Ford Matte Lip Color
We named one of our favorite pieces “The Diana Top” because it reminded us of something that can be worn dressed up or dressed down but always able to be accessorized in a way that makes it stand out! Paired with “The Oscar Pant” it makes a striking pair of Hostess Pajamas, for those evenings of entertaining in, or those evenings you have to go out, don’t really feel like getting dressed but still want to be devastatingly chic! Add statement earrings, some bangles and a great shoe and just go!
Diana Top & Oscar Pant
A very typical Diana Vreeland look, inspired and styled from her own look.
I have never met an Hermes scarf I did not love. They are my go to outfit accelerator.
Never underestimate how great a simple basic color nothing of a top or sweater canlook when partnered with statement jewelry. Versatile “background clothing” is a great investment.
Sara Battaglia Cape Sleeve Dress
Fouché Cuff Bracelet
I am in love with these hand crafted cuffs from Claire Fouche created from African jacaranda wood and cow horn with a gold plated pin-clasp set with a choice of fire opal, ruby or emerald sourced from conflict-free mines in Africa. They would be divine to top off any outfit.