It’s time to start compiling your list of summer reads and boy do I have a great pick for you…
D.V. by Diana Vreeland
This gem of an autobiography was first published in 1984 (but has just been re-issued..YIPEE) and tells the story of Diana Vreeland and her uber fabulous, over-the-top, and beyond stylish life–straight from the fashionista’s mouth.
Those unfamiliar with Vreeland should know that she is one of the biggest fashion icons that ever lived (sounds like an exaggeration, but it’s oh-so true). She not only was she the fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, the editor-in-chief at American Vogue and special consultant to the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, helped launch the careers of Diane von Furstenberg, Manolo Blahnik, Ocsar de la Renta (just to name a few)…and was also a style consultant to another well-known icon–Jackie Kennedy.
She was known for her unmatched sense of style, impeccable taste, red everything (lipstick, nail polish, cheeks and entire apartment) and her brilliant way with words. It’s been said that Vreeland liked the bottom of her shoes to be polished and money ironed. How’s that for pulled together?
The book is filled with dazzling stories of style, society and success. Plus, ponient life lessons we can all learn from–even if most of us aren’t decked out in Prada.
Here are a few of my favorite D.V. quotations:
“The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.”
“Blue jeans are the most beautiful things since the gondola.”
“What do I think about the way most people dress? Most people are not something one thinks about.”
“I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.”
What’s on your Summer Reading list so far?