Diana Vreeland. Allure.

02/08/2013

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Allure by Diana Vreeland couldn’t have arrived at a better time. I kept it on my wish list, always postponing the purchase for the reasons I cannot really explain because I don’t have a clue myself. And then, two weeks ago, I got my copy – a beautiful heavy hardcover edition full of memories, stories, precious quotes and photos.

Cecil Sorel by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1930s, Allure by Diana Vreeland
I sat in a garden on a hot summer afternoon, hiding from the scorching sun behind an old pair of oversized sunglasses and a trilby covered with a brightly coloured silk scarf and lost the track of time.

Balenciaga’s white linen blouse from 1953 photographed by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Allure by Diana Vreeland
The book was more than just a wonderful read. It was my ticket into normality. The words pulled me out of the stale coma in which I have been emotionally sinking since my physical shape got out of order and affected pretty much every part of my life. As soon as I began to read and browse the photographs, the emotions began to fill my brain with endorphins and turning me into my good old self.

Maiya Plisetskaya by Richard Avedon 1966 / Diana Vreeland Allure / book review and preview / best fashion books / via fashioned by love british fashion blog
This is quite an extraordinary story told by an extraordinary woman who could see the life and people around her in a completely different, new and exciting light and had an ability to share her thoughts to give her readers a real hunger for beauty, creativity and zest.

Maya Plisetskaya by Cecil Beaton 1964 / Diana Vreeland Allure / book review and preview / best fashion books / via fashioned by love british fashion blog
Allure is about stories taped-recorded by Christopher Hemphill and accompanied by a potpourri of black and white photographs carefully chosen by Diana from her archives. She speaks about herself, but through the memories of people who inspired her, held her by having that special something that cannot be explained, but felt. Allure, as she puts it.

Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern 1962 / Diana Vreeland Allure / book review and preview / best fashion books / via fashioned by love british fashion blog
I read this book in one sitting. When I got to the last page I had two regrets – the fact that the story was over and that Diana was no longer with us.

How I wish she was still around, keeping things real and true, and presenting them in a completely different, never before seeing, fascinating light.

I don’t have a tendency to idolise people. I don’t have role models or icons, but Diana Vreeland is one of those few women who I admire to the point of a heartache. It was her birthday on 29 July and I wanted to take an opportunity to celebrate this unique woman and recommend Allure to you as an absolute must-read.

Photo source: first photo - Diana Vreeland via Lab-Lab, all other photos are from the book, taken and edited by me – Cecil Sorel by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1930s, Balenciaga’s white linen blouse from 1953 by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Richard Avedon 1966, Maya Plisetskaya by Cecil Beaton 1964, Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern 1962.

40 comments:

  1. I feel that Diana Vreeland should get as much attention and idolisation as Coco Chanel for the way she forged her own path in live and did everything on her own terms. All women should be inspired by her - and I think it's truly a shame that so many haven't even heard of her.
    xox,
    Cee

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  2. I love reading in my garden! So glad someone still reads fashion books :)

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    1. Oh, I'd never stop. it's only a question of time and budget. :)

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  3. Such a marvellous woman...beautiful! Thank you for your kind words, I am better now thank you :)) I hope you have a gorgeous weekend xx

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  4. I'm sure I would enjoy this book and like you, read it in one sitting cover to cover. The third photo is stunning - she's the epitome of style!
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    1. She is on the first photo, though. The rest are all different women and the one you like is a model in Balenciaga. x

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  5. I am such a HUGE fan of hers and your post was lovely to read. I hope you are continuing to feel better--Diana always puts the reasons we love fashion into words that I couldn't say better and makes me feel the magic again. I'm going to have to add this book to my wishlist.

    xo Mary Jo

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    1. You described my feelings about her so well! Yes, she definitely knew the magic and made it so infectious. x

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  6. Thank for review....i will read it....book i mean

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  7. This book is high on my list (I already ordered it two weeks ago, but I settled for some classic reading instead) and now, that you speak so highly of it, I can not wait to buy my own copy. :)

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    1. This is the reason I didn't get my copy sooner - kept buying other books instead, but yes, I know you will love it. The way she speaks is absolutely mesmerising! x

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  8. She sounds so amazing - I don't know much about her but this makes me want the book to.
    Happy weekend love,
    ax

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    1. Anya, watch the documentary, The Eye has to travel. It tells a lot more about her and a wonderful intro into Diana's world. x

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  9. A must-read for sure!
    Beautiful pics!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  10. I want to read ``Allure´´ book,Natalia!:)*

    Thank you for your wonderful tribute words to Diana Vreeland....Really special and beyond fantastic person!

    Wish you lovely weekend,

    ***Violetta***

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  11. I'm ashamed to admit that I had no clue who she was. Love what you wrote about her. This got me so excited. I have to buy Allure. The black and white photos are marvelous. Wish you a happy Friday!!!


    xx Mira

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  12. Hi Natalia, thanks for the introduction. Allure must be an interesting and great reading, need to get a copy too. She was an awesome and so inspiring women indeed, besides so classy and full of grace! Kisses! xo

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  13. Wow Natalia! Sounds like an amazing book. I wouldn't expect anything less from Diana Vreeland. We should all read it.
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  14. This sounds like a fantastic read! Diana Vreeland was such an influential and inspiring fashion trailblazer. I'll have to put this on my wishlist.

    Happy weekend Natalia!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  15. Первое фото очень выразительное!
    Хороших выходных!

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  16. It was so good that you posted your review here, so that I really want to read the book too! I know she is known for some of the most important quotes ever! (You know I love quotes!) I totally understand about a person's shape. I am facing the same thing right now... two years ago something awful happened, and I couldn't refrain from eating. Don't know if this is the case, but I hope you feel great soon!

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    1. I wrote about my issues a few weeks ago and no, it's not about food or the body shape as such. It's all getting better, though. Thank you for the wishes. Sorry to hear about your accident. x

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  17. Wow she looks amazing !

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    Coline ♡

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  18. As I prefer to read biographies of women it sounds like this book is a must have for me! Many thanks for introducing now I will immediately check if this book is available in German because I fear my English is not good enough to understand all the details ...

    Wish you a wonderful weekend with hopefully another great book <3

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

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    1. Rena, there's also a documentary about her called The Eye has to travel. A wonderful thing to watch. x

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  19. lovely images my friend! Totally loving the style from head to toe. xx

    xoxo;
    Into The Blush, a Beauty Blog by Kenny.

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  20. She was an amazing woman!!!
    xoxo
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  21. Great reading! Thx for the tip! xo Caroline

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  22. This post is such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing! And have a nice day :)

    Veronika

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  23. I've always loved Diana Vreeland. Sounds like a great book.

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  24. So inspiring, wonderful post!

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  25. Diana is one of my icons too, for her strong, charismatic way of saying whatever she thought should be said out loud. I will definitely read that book!
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  26. I'm so happy you are feeling better! Just before leaving for my summer holidays, I watched the documentary "The eye has to travel" and I was completely intrigued by the explosive personality of Ms. Vreeland! Caterina

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