Why don’t you?


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Many more people are now familiar with the fabulous Diane Vreeland thanks to The Eye Has to Travel, the wonderful documentary about her life and career, which came out in 2012.


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Diana Vreeland

Before she became Editor of Vogue, Diana Vreeland was an editor at Harper’s Bazaar, where she wrote a popular column giving what has often been described as “fabulous or extravagant” advice. It was called “Why don’t you…” Many don’t realise this are things she actually did and most are quite smart. I have adopted quite a few of them. Below are a few of my favourites.




Why don’t you…

Have two pairs of day shoes exactly alike, except that one pair has thin rubber soles for damp days? Any cobbler can put these on.

Find one dress that you like and have it copied many times? You will be much more successful than if you try to produce the same effects each evening.

Tie black tulle bows on your wrists?


So this week DolceDolce asks:


Why don’t you…

Try using contour for every day.

Pamper yourself with an at-home spa treatment once or twice a week.

Make it a point of honour to keep dead skin off your feet.

Add 2 new fresh foods to your diet week all summer.

Learn a new skill, art or craft this summer.


Summer is short, so enjoy the sweetness! Happy holiday!


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In Vogue from Kennedy to Kardashian


Click top title to open I recently read that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West issue of Vogue may out sell the issues with covers of Beyoncé and Michelle Obama.  Editor Anna Wintour defended her choice saying, “Part of the pleasure of editing Vogue, one that lies in a long tradition of this magazine, is being able to feature those who define the culture at any given moment, who stir things up, whose presence in the world shapes the way it looks and influences the way we see it,” Wintour who whose unerring instincts have made her fashion’s kingmaker concluded, “I think we can all agree on the fact that that role is currently being played by Kim and Kanye to a T. 

Vogue has always had a close relationship with both influential women and pop culture. Vreeland understood the relationship between culture and fashion. She once said “You can see the approaching revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes.” Diana Vreeland discovered Twiggy. It was Diana Vreeland with her finger on the pulse of pop culture who advised a young Jackie Kennedy on fashion.  It was D.V. who told Manolo Blahnik to design shoes. She also put Diane Von Furstenberg’s first little wrap dress “in Vogue”.  

With the “Kim and Kanye cover Anna Wintour has proved she really knows how to sell magazines– in case anyone has forgotten what business Vogue is in. The success of the cover also underscores the power of celebrities to set trends and sell products. I have no doubt that Diana Vreeland would have put Kim and Kanye on the cover of Vogue not because of their fashion but because they are fashion now – for better or worse.

 Make time for the things you enjoy and the people you love because, my darlings that is truly where the sweet life lies. DolceDolce is free. And please forward us to all your friends. And please follow us on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/pages/dolcedolcec#om/215363998481866. We post new items and tips weekly, except during our annual posted hiatuses.  Please give us your comments by emailing us at the same address or sharing in Facebook – we will respond! We want to know what you think. Let’s start the conversation!  

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The new documentary film, The Eye Has to Travel, reveals the fascinating story of Diana Vreeland, the late, legendary fashion editor who created a unique persona while turning Vogue into the iconic and influential magazine it remains today.
Diana was born in Paris, into a fashionable and flamboyant family, and was self-made in the truest sense of the word. She wasn’t beautiful, but she was brilliant, creative, and daring – and she needed that resourcefulness; her beautiful mother called her “my ugly little monster.” So, Diana quickly learned to stand up for herself, and how to stand out from the crowd. She understood the power of clothes and wit, because they were her armor. The magical illusions Diana Vreeland created on the pages of Vogue, she first created for herself.
Before Madonna “expressed herself” or Lady Gaga was “born that way,” Diana Vreeland preached the gospel of style and self-expression. “You gotta have style,” Vreeland said. “It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it, you’re nobody. I’m not talking about lots of clothes.”
The cleverly-made documentary matches an hour and thirty six minutes of interviews, mostly with Vreeland herself, to riveting archival footage. After being fired from Vogue Magazine, Vreeland had the author and journalist George Plimpton interview her for her own autobiography D.V.
Fortuitously, Plimpton had the foresight to tape the 36 hours of conversations that make up the bulk of the film.
Diana Vreeland profoundly influenced me as young girl. I would pore over each issue of her magazine. I was transfixed by her vision of the world, and too young to know it wasn’t real. I began a lifelong love affair, not with clothes, but with fashion, as it was portrayed in the pages of Diana Vreeland’s Vogue. I still have a crystalline recall of the famous photos she commissioned from Richard Avedon of Veruschka. The model was wrapped in miles of blond hair, posing on a stunning palomino horse. Chic shots of Marisa Berenson, draped in jewels with fabulous mod makeup and hair, were staged in Morocco. It was all so delicious and exciting.
Diana Vreeland taught me the importance of fashion. “Vogue always did stand for people’s lives,” she once said. “I mean, a new dress doesn’t get you anywhere; it’s the life you’re living in the dress, and the sort of life you had lived before, and what you will do in it later."  
Thank heaven for my father. He never worried that I was too young to read Vogue. He fed my magazine and fashion habits even while I was in junior high. My grandmother, who had worked for the only couture house in Boston and adored clothes, also fed my passion. I regret that neither of them lived long enough to share how excited I was to work for glossy fashion magazines. I would have loved to tell them about helping to launch Vogue Russia.
I knew some people thought my London Mod makeup and miniskirts were outrageous, but I adored those looks. Diana Vreeland faced the same censure for her style. “When I arrived in America,” she said, “I had these very dark red nails which some people objected to, but then some people object to absolutely everything.” 
When my husband was offered the chance to work as the CTV News bureau chief in Moscow in the 1990s, I was beside myself with excitement. Many people were surprised. It seems that many wives had greeted similar assignments with trepidation. This was a superb opportunity for my husband, but I was excited for myself, too. Fresh in my mind were Diana Vreeland’s rhapsodies over “her beloved Russians.” I remembered every word she had ever commissioned or uttered about the Ballet Russes, Sergei Diaghilev, and the brilliant dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky.
Once in Moscow, I was determined to discover the secret beauty treatments that Vogue hinted about in all those articles I had read years before. I was soon a regular at the Russian banya, or steam bath. In the pages of Mrs. Vreeland’s Vogue, the banya had been painted as temple of mysterious beauty rituals. It was true. I luxuriated in the steam, massage, and facials. I had regular and fabulous pedicures. I relished the company of beautiful and generous Russian women. I was hooked. No one could drag me to pricy western salons for second-rate treatments; I had found real Russian beauty heaven. (Things have changed and now there are now many options in Moscow.) I wasn’t at all interested in the popular expat group trips to banyas to eat and drink too much – horrors! No, my beauty rituals were sacred. This was my chance to dig deeply into the feminine side of Russia, and I delighted in it.
Diana Vreeland’s inspiration led me to my first major assignment for a glossy magazine in Moscow. I was asked to write about massage for Russian Elle. That led to my becoming first beauty director at Vogue Russia and part of its launch team.
I thought of Diana Vreeland often in Moscow. When I listened to her full-throated voice in The Eye Must Travel, I was transported back to those days.
When Vreeland was fired from Vogue, she fell into a deep depression. But she soon got the chance to organize fashion exhibits at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and continue her work in a dramatic new way. Her exhibits drew crowds of international celebrities and there were long lines for days to get into see them.
She was 70 years old.
“There’s only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself,” Diana Vreeland famously said. It is fabulous advice from a woman who did just that with style, courage, originality, and as she would say, “pizzazz”.

Think before it’s too late!

Gracey HitchcockDiana Vreeland is known for many things, but perhaps most famously for her quotes and aphorisms. She was even parodied by Kay Thompson in the Movie Funny Face. As an over-the-top fashion editor, Thompson exhorted everyone to “Think Pink.” Vreeland once said in similar vein, “Pink is the navy blue of India.” In a single line, she defined the look of an entire country.
“Don’t think you were born too late,” she also said. “Everyone has that illusion. But you aren’t. The only problem is if you think too late." That is brilliant advice.
So darlings, think pink or navy blue. But whatever you do, don’t wait too long to think. Have a sweet and stylish week.
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Why don’t you?

Gracey HitchcockLegendary Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland began her career at Harper’s Bazaar where she wrote a column called, “Why Don’t you?” In it she made lifestyle and fashion suggestions to her readers. I love the idea. So this fall be creative and think “why don’t I…?”
Update a black jacket or coat with gold braid from the fabric store, add black lace to a blouse, decorate an exotic looking table with red roses and items from your cabinet. Sew faux fur or lavish silk pillows for bed or sofa. Take a painting class. Make your own list and be creative. So why don’t you…?
Until next week, please sign-up if you haven’t already; email your info to domore@dolcedolce.comDolceDolceis free. And please forward us to all your friends. And please give us your comments by emailing us at the same address. We want to know what you think. Please LIKE us on FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/pages/dolcedolcecom/215363998481866 Look for our logo! Let’s start the conversation! 
Gracey Hitchcock
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