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Allure Hardcover – October 6, 2010
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About the Author
Christopher Hemphill is a New York-based writer.
Marc Jacobs is a highly influential fashion designer.
Top Customer Reviews
the quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating :
Every image has that intangible quality but it arises from many unexpected sources. How fortunate we are to have Diana, whose nose for the next big thing is undefeated. She gives us more than just the images, however, and that is the gift of her philosophies in life of how joy and beauty can be seen in all things whether they be simple and even commonplace. She also gives her secrets for establishing one's own personal style.This is more than mere dressing tips..No Ma'am! This is the beginning steps to becoming a world-wide icon without even knowing that it was happening. Diana never rushed cameras and begged people to photograph her but her image is one of the most readily recognizable in 20th century fashion. It wasn't her beautiful face that got her there. It was the sirens song that played just below the ability of humans to hear that
swelled as she entered a room, a restaurant, or a taxi-cab. Truly one of the most fascinating women of the century but also the one we might miss the most.
I have been GREATLY inspired by Mrs. Vreeland, even though I never had the honor to meet her......
Her joy of life, of BEAUTY, of humanity was alwyays PALPABLE, and I believe she had a great heart......
BRANDED forever an UGLY GIRL by her unstable,rather monstrous mother, perhaps that came to define her life, as she says in her"Bio" DV---which I highly recommend.....
This particular book is filled with large black-and-white cutouts from newspapers and magazines that she kept for inspiration, and the subjects are varied, but always come back to her obsessions with royalty and the most SOIGNEE women of the 20th century..... Half or more of what she says is pure FLUFF, but frothy and delightful (and sometimes downright CRUEL). I have derived much pleasure from this book, but may I suggest that you ONLY buy this book IF you have a fascination with the upper classes, STYLE, and the sayings of a very STYLISH woman who sometimes verges on madness and parody-------tongue-in-cheek parody, as she was too intelligent to take herself too seriously.Read more ›
be dealt with...like her or not! A good read for fashionistas! thanks again,encinodame
Granted, some of the print qualities aren't exceptional; however, the visuals compensate.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having become enchanted by DV back in my teens/early 20s, I was excited to finally get my hands on this book. I must have grown up because her schtick has worn thin. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lola
This is a beautifully produced book but unfortunately it's practically unreadable. Why would a woman of a certain age put out a book that is extremely hard to read by anyone... Read morePublished on October 19, 2012 by Suzinne Barrett