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Diana Vreeland

(Photo courtesy of Allure by Diana Vreeland. Graphic by Jenny Bahn)

(Photo courtesy of Allure by Diana Vreeland. Graphic by Jenny Bahn)

(Photo courtesy of Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar. Graphic by Jenny Bahn)

(Photo courtesy of Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar. Graphic by Jenny Bahn)


Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

By Sade Lythcott

I don’t know about you, but I’m always struggling to find something to do on a rainy fall day, or — even more difficult –- trying to find a unique house-warming gift that isn’t so predictable. Well, I think I may have found the solution to both.

The DVD and coffee table book, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, is the way to go. Both the film and book chronicle the life of former editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar and American Vogue, and serves as an enthralling peek into the world of a woman who had vision by the bucket-load.

Style Bubble describes the documentary as “loosely chronological and takes us from the beginning of Vreeland’s enchanted life as a girl who had people like Diaghilev and other luminaries waltzing into her life. As a young society wife, she was dressed by Coco Chanel and… [MORE] skipped between London, New York and Paris soaking up the twenties with gusto. Her calling came when Carmel Snow, then editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar noticed Vreeland for her style and made her a contributor in 1937 with the noted ‘Why Don’t You…?’ column. Vreeland of course then became fashion editor and after a tenure of over twenty years, she jumped ship to Conde Nast and was editor-in-chief there from 1963 until 1971. Her final years as consultant to the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art through her death rounded off an illustrious career.”

It’s your lucky day because a few copies of this book — as well as Diana’s photo book, Allure — are available at eBay.

(Photos: Courtesy of dianavreeland)


Inspiration Station: The Acne Showroom

By Jenny Bahn

Every designer has in their arsenal a few key tools: an inherent aesthetic, a unique point of view, and an openness to global inspiration. They travel, people-watch, scan archives, and read books… anything to inspire the next collection. The designer’s showroom is often a reflection of this, filled with knick-knacks, furniture, yes, even rugs that represent the brand. Last week, while checking out the new SS13 collection at Acne’s NY showroom, I thumbed through their impressive library of books. It may take a bit of time and cash to acquire, but here’s a shortlist of books that are as cool as the brand. I linked some of the these books to eBay so you can begin stocking your cool library sooner than later…

Bob Recine: Alchemy of Beauty by René Ricard, Bob Recine, Mario Sorrenti and Robbie Fimmano

In the American West by Laura Wilson and Richard Avedon


Carine Roitfled: Irreverent by Carine Roitfled, Olivier Zahm, Alex Wiederin and Cathy Horyn

Rebel Youth: Karlheinz Weinberger by Bruce Hackney, Martynka Wawrzyniak, Patrik Schedler and Karlheinz Weinberger

Leigh Bowery by Martin Engler, Rene Zechlin and Leigh Bowery

Not A Toy: Radical Character Design in Fashion and Costume by Atopos and Vassilis Zidianakis

Punk’s Dead by Simon Barker, Michael Bracewell and Greil Marcus

Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing by Leonard Koren

Nick Haymes: GABEtm by Gus Van Sant and Nick Haymes

Diana Vreeland After Diana Vreeland by Maria Luisa

You and I by Ryan McGuinley

Lord Snowden Photographs by Koto Bolofo

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton

Lucian Freud Portraits by Sarah Howgate, Michael Auping and John Richardson

Raf Simons: Redux by Francesco Bonami, Peter De Potter, Collier Schorr and Raf Simons

The Lonely Life by Peter Weiermair

Cindy Sherman by Eva Respini, Johanna Burton, Cindy Sherman and John Waters

The Chop Suey Club by Bruce Webber

Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations by Andrew Bolton and Harold Koda