SCOOTER RIDE, LITTLE ITALY AND SOME FASHION…

It was when I was in Manhattan browsing Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue, that I came across ‘Diana Vreeland – The Eye Has to Travel’. It was the front cover that drew me – a vintage fashion shot where the background of Arizona was the main feature of the photograph. It automatically made me curious to know who that model with the sunglasses was, and what she was she was thinking. When I opened the pages of the book I fell in love with everything inside… that model on the cover was Diana Vreeland, and inside was her creations.

Diana Vreeland created the ‘Editor in Chief’. There was no Anna Wintour before her, fashion magazines were simply sketches before she came along. She started writing for Harpers Bizarre in 1937 when she got asked by Carmel Snow to join the magazine because she saw Diana dancing on stage and liked her fashion style. Diana Vreeland had a beautiful and creative mind to see well before her time. She saw fashion as more than just clothes; her dreams and imaginations gave her visions to see the clothes as exotic stories and life of travel, culture, art, music and the beyond. She could see things that nobody could, and embraced those features on people which others thought were flaws. She didn’t attend university yet her close friends were Coco Chanel, Richard Avedon & Jacqueline Kennedy.

It was then a couple of weeks ago while  reading the paper that I noticed a documentary based on the book was created and now showing, so over the weekend I went to see it.

I couldn’t have watched it with anyone better than Elise Bucholtz who loves fashion just as much as I. It was such a pleasure to watch, not only because we had choc-tops before dinner, but film allows you to see the character in movement and hear their real voice which you can’t ever get in a book. Also, the documentary was put together incredibly well, as with the rare interviews and footage the director cleverly made Diana Vreeland the narrator of the documentary. We source so many ideas from various avenues, however you get those icons and legendary people that are the originals, and from those you can learn a great deal. So if you love fashion, or just want to be inspired you will love it.

After the film… we had dinner at ‘little Italy’ i.e. five ways in Paddington. I adore this little part of the world behind the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, as the cute little Thai restaurant on the corner with its orange painted cement torn walls and tables out the front reminds me of Italy. Over a lovely dinner we recapped about the film and talked about how captivated we were by her extraordinary life… With Diana Vreeland’s life in mind we scootered back to Bondi beeping the horn along the way (just because), and we looked at ‘Wanderlust’ and Elise gave some great feedback on the book with her incredible editing high-attention to detail eye…