“Refreshing, mesmerizing, and delightful… a splendid read.” -Variety
WHY: Review on blog Grace Magazine Sept2007. Yes, I have had this on my tbr since the day I found out what t.b.r stands for (to be read, but y’all know that, right?)
WHO: Diana Vreeland was an editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. This is an odd little book. It is entirely conversational; thus it is quite confusing, meandering and much beyond me in the name-dropping arena. It has been said (so SHE says, sort of) that she launched the career of Twiggy and also gave Cher a start in the modeling biz. If I had to pick one word to describe this, I would say ‘scattered’.
“The only problem is you think too late. Everything is new the first time around.” -p.43
I was quite pleased (as punch!) when she mentioned her good friend Millicent Rogers. I KNOW WHO THAT IS! She has a library named for her! Millicent was the daughter of H.H. Rogers, wealthy dude and patron of Fairhaven Massachusetts. He provided the cash to build the amazingly beautiful Millicent Library and many other buildings in the area. But if I hadn’t been so enamored of this little gem of a town on the southcoast of Mass, I would not have recognized the name.
Really, this book, this woman, this collection of bits about her life, felt a bit flat and just… meh.
Ms. Vreeland could inspire anyone to be a free soul, I suppose.
I do respect her love for bold colors.
I respect that she lived her life by her own rules.
“The idea must be that you learn from the exaggeration.” -p.27
If you have any interest in eccentric characters and a bit of fashion history, I would recommend this book. I can’t say anything was really WOW-factor which is why I am having such a hard time writing this so-called review. I know I expected more. If anyone wants to read it, I’ll choose at random one of you who might leave a comment by March 1 saying you want the book.