Move over Wintour: Diana Vreeland, fashion icon and former editor-in-chief of American Vogue is set to be the fashion editor everyone is talking about this A/W, as the subject of a new documentary and book celebrating her life in all her Chanel-wearing, raspy-voiced, cigarette holding fabulousness.
Last weekend saw the premiere of the documentary at the Venice Film Festival. Entitled ‘The Eye has to travel’, the film and book of the same name (the book is out October 1) are both written/directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland, the wife of Vreeland’s grandson Alexander and offer an insight into Vreeland career as well as her early life.
Using footage of Vreeland herself intercut with interviews from her family and fashion insiders like Diane von Furstenberg, Manolo Blahnik and David Bailey, models Penelope Tree, Veruschka and Lauren Hutton and actresses Anjelica Huston and Ali MacGraw (who was once Vreeland’s assistant, brilliantly) the film looks at how Vreeland helped to define the style of the 50s and 60s, and also takes a look at her life pre-career (she grew up in New York society before moving to London with her husband and two sons in the late 20s and then returning to New York in 1937, where her career began).
Grazia Daily is, quite clearly, beyond excited about this book and film, but for anyone requiring any more reasons to take part in this festival of fabulousness, then let us provide you with three:
1. Vreeland had an apartment in New York that was decorated entirely in shades of red, her instruction to the interior designer reportedly being thus – ‘I want this place to look like a garden, but a garden in hell’.
2. She had a column at Harper’s Bazaar that was entitled ‘Why don’t you’ and included suggestions including ‘wash your blond child's hair in dead champagne, as they do in France?’ Why not, indeed.
3. Vreeland bought clothes directly from Coco Chanel in the 20’s, was at the helm of American Vogue when Yves Saint Laurent revolutionised the designer clothing market with the launch of his ready-to-wear collection, Rive Gauche, and advised Jackie Kennedy what to wear on JFK’s inauguration day.
This, people, is going to be ACE.
- Alex Butt