Yes, she did paint an overly flamboyant picture of what one should do for a most fashionable life, but she herself was in an everlasting pursuit of just such an existence. And she was superbly well-connected in a time of opulence, Great Depression or not. And couturiers often gave her clothes for free, being the jolie-laide muse that she was. No wonder she had such advice.
To prop up my sentiments about Mrs. Vreeland, here's a few of the gentler, more feasible tips she posted in her column. Why don't you:
- use a gigantic shell instead of a bucket to ice your champagne?
- pick up in Florida the prettiest shells you can find and make them into a mirror frame of a baroque shell design?
- photograph your child sitting against the mirror? The full reflection is adorable.
- tie an enormous bunch of silver balloons on the foot of your child's bed on Christmas Eve?
- realize, realize the return of black, and black and white, in decoration? It is of tremendous importance. Use it whenever you can.
Esten, John, and Diana Vreeland. Diana Vreeland Bazaar Years: including 100 Audacious Why Don't Yous--? New York, NY: Universe Pub., 2001.