Why Don’t You? An Ode To Madame Vreeland.

 

Why don’t you..paint a map of the world on all four walls of your boys’ nursery so they won’t grow up with a provincial point of view?Diana Vreeland

Diana Vreeland changed the face of fashion and she changed the minds of woman all over the world.

Her Harper’s Bazaar column in the 1930’s had the women of that day inspired to think outside the mundane. I love her. As an ode to DV I made up my own ‘why don’t yous’ and inspire you to do something different.. today and always…

So… Why don’t you….

…Stop watching TV for a week.

…Send an ‘eat your heart out’ pic to your ex with only the words “just saying hi” and when he calls or texts, don’t respond.

…Only listen to music from the 40’s for a spell.

…Acknowledge that your mom did the very best she could then call and thank her.

…Step it waay up at work and then… Ask for a raise.

…Take a trip to Paris with a girlfriend and when you get there make a new “friend”.

…Masturbate.

…Learn a new language.

…go on a vintage only shopping trip and buy something fabulous.

…Wear red today.

…Kiss a beauttiful stranger

Why don’t you?

Diana Vreeland was a noted columnist and editor in the field of fashion. She worked for the fashion magazines Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and as a special consultant at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Miss Loulou De La Falaise

Designed prints for Halston. Created jewelry for Oscar De La Renta. Married a descendant of Balthus. Muse to Yves Saint Laurent.

You would think I was talking about 4 different people but no, I am referring to the one and only Loulou De La Falaise.

De La Falaise was pioneer in style and my inspiration not just for fashion but because she lived life fully.

Many know that I adore the art, fashion and films of the seventies and I cant imagine seeing iconic images of that era without De La Falaise.
‘Everything was terribly inspiring,’ de la Falaise reminisced about seventies Paris, ‘The models were great fun, they were very inventive themselves style-wise and designers were very influenced by the way people put together a look. We didn’t have any money and that made us all the more inventive.’

Hotel Des Arts…

America is my country and Paris is my hometown.  -Gertrude Stein

These words express how I feel best. Some one once asked me, “Why must you always go to Paris?”

“No one ever asks why one goes home, Paris is like going home”, I replied

The streets, the people, the music, the PDA, the bread, the wine, the fashion, the poetry that pours out of me the minute I land… I’m planning a trip, as we speak.

I want cheese and croissants for breakfast whilst sipping on du chocolat before I sit on the Sacre Couer steps and daydream. I want to walk and walk and walk in the rain… I want to kiss in Montmarte.. I want to sit at a cafe on Rue Tholoze for hours and think about what Van Gogh’s life was like here and… I want you to come..

Petite Couture

“It’s a new era in fashion – there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.”

— Alexander McQueen

The uber talented Jerrell Scott from Project Runway designed this dress I wore to my film premiere and Mkcoi Zeno did my make up. I loved the dramatic sleeves on this wild see-through number and the heat from this smokey eye… a great night!

Vidal, We Dont Look Good

One of my heroes passed this morning. Vidal Sassoon.  He was a true pioneer when it came to hair, business and philanthropy.

He changed the look of the sixties with his hair cuts and built an empire. A woman’s hair is her crown and he made women think differently about the way they wanted to wear it.

Thank you Vidal…

The very famous 5 points hair cut.

Dream Scape

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” ~Coco Chanel

I’m loving how much fun fashion is these days.
I love this ethereal look. The makeup is natural but glowing. Her hair makes me think of a picnic, my favorite fairy book, lavender flowers, wine, cheese and long walks..

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Dress Code

“All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.” – – Federico Fellini

Long after her death, Miss CoCo Chanel keeps millions of fashionistas inspired.

As long as I can remember, I have always loved the sophisticated look of pearls. When I’m wearing them I feel as though I’m channeling  Jackie O., Audery Hepburn, my mom and the list goes on.  I shop often for solid basics with the intention to dress them up with various types of ornate necklaces.  My collection has grown to include fab pieces from great aunts, antique boutiques, estate sales and right off the rack retail.  My favorite, of course is pearls and today, I’m feeling wearing layers and layers of them; this sunny Sunday seems perfect for it.

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Via Monte Napoleone.

Being in Milan is like walking through a magazine.

The people are thin and beautiful and the fashion from high end to low is effortless. The women and men on the very popular Via Monte Napoleone look, for the most part, so very well assembled.

While living there I fell in love with Caffe Cova. It’s one the oldest cafes (est. 1817) and while Cova’s known for it’s amazing cuisine, I think the cafe is the best place to people watch.  After long walks on the cobble stone streets (not an easy feat in heels but who cares), I would end up in Caffe Cova for a couple of hours to rest my feet, nosh, sip and stare at the beautiful ones through my over sized shades…

Vinyl and Cassette tapes. 90’s Fashion Rocks Hard!

Just in case you didn’t believe the 90’s were back..
I have to honestly say I’m loving how the nineties have made it’s way into fashion again, although I pray some things stay buried (baggy Jeans).
Yesterday, I grabbed my dear friend, rapper/actor Davetta Stone and played around with the camera.
I’m rocking a textured cream, off the shoulder number while Davetta serves flyness in a color blocked fitted dress with over sized earrings.

Fashion makes it fun to leave the house!

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