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The Empress Strikes Back

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Last fashion week, we got a healthy dose of the legendary Diana Vreeland with the debut of The Eye Has to Travel, the biopic made by the spitfire editor’s grand-daughter-in-law Lisa Immordino Vreeland. Today, we are reminded of the icon’s unwavering legacy yet again with the release of Amanda Mackenzie Stuart’s new book Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland.

A complementary companion to Vreeland’s own fantastical and often hyperbolic memoir, D.V., Stuart’s biography provides a realistic account of the editor’s life, exploring her difficult childhood, her days at Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, and her time at the Met.

“What really intrigued me about Diana Vreeland was the way she deployed the power of imagination and fairy tale to triumph over the harshness in her life,” says the author, who first stumbled upon D.V. while researching her last book. “At that time, I had only a vague picture of who she was—a terrifyingly hip old lady—raven black hair, snood, Vogue, the Met, Andy Warhol—but I wasn’t quite sure how it all fit together. As I dug deeper, I began to grasp how extraordinary she was and became really fascinated by her.”

What’s not to be fascinated by? From her jet-setting lifestyle to her outrageous photo shoots to guest appearances from Mick and Bianca Jagger, the Kennedys, and every designer under the sun, Vreeland’s life story is decidedly “editorial.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Vreeland book without a helping of the editor’s famed sound bites. “I think fantasists are the only realists in the world” is one of Stuart’s favorites. “If readers understand why [Vreeland] said that by the time they get to the end of the book,” says the author, “I may have succeeded in doing her justice.”

Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland is available now at www.barnesandnoble.com

Photo: Courtesy of Harper Collins

The Final Countdown

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It might be too late to order that YSL gold-plated ring on Net-a-Porter that your sister really wanted for Christmas, or that leopard-print 3.1 Phillip Lim iPad case you meant to get your mom, but don’t give up hope of finding the perfect gift for your fashion-minded friends and family just yet. Throughout the year, a host of fashion-centric books have been released, from Christian Louboutin’s tome ($150) celebrating the art and history of his sexy stilettos to the more recently released retrospective book from Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Pretty Much Everything ($700). (To preview the book, check out images and an interview with the husband-and-wife photography team on Style.com). I have compiled a list of a few of my favorite good reads and coffee table-worthy books from the year (below). You can pick them up at a bookstore near you (click the links to locate a local retailer) or even easier, buy the Nook Book gift version (select books) on Barnesandnoble.com.

Chanel, Her Life, $58, www.steidlville.com

Christian Louboutin, $150, www.rizzoliusa.com

Deborah Turbeville: The Fashion Pictures, $85, www.rizzoliusa.com

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, $55, www.abramsbooks.com

Dior Couture, $115, www.rizzoliusa.com
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Vera Wang On Ice, Who Made Forbes’ “30 Under 30″ List, Christian Louboutin Set To Open His First NYC Men’s Store, And More…

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Vera Wang recently took to the ice (looking chic in a custom skating dress) with T‘s Edward Barsamian, who learned that the former Olympic hopeful has serious skating skills. In case you missed it, Style.com caught her figure eights on film years ago. [T]

Forbes’ “30 Under 30″ list is out and the Olsen twins, Alexander Wang, Pamela Love, and Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld all made the cut. Also on the list: Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, and Adele (for the music category), and Jennifer Lawrence and Chloë Moretz (entertainment). [Forbes]

Christian Louboutin, who opened his first men’s store in Paris on September 11, with be opening his second men’s shop in New York’s Meatpacking District. Details of the 1,350-square-foot store are still being worked out. [WWD]

Diana Vreeland’s grandson, Alexander Vreeland, has collaborated with Connor Fine Engraver and Stationer on a special-edition set of cards ($98). The cards, available at Barneys New York’s Chelsea Passage, are engraved with her “signature ivory horn necklace” and come with red-lined envelopes. [WWD]

Photo: Marvin Orellana

Vreeland’s World

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“No one—no one is like her because Mrs. Vreeland had no ego and unfortunately, there’s too many people today that do,” Lisa Immordino Vreeland told Style.com at Barneys New York last night, where she was celebrating her new tome on the “high priestess of fashion,” Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.

The author was joined by several visionaries in their own rights, including Grace Mirabella, Calvin Klein, and Simon Doonan. “The first day she came into the Met Costume Institute when I was there, in 1985, she came charging into the room wearing these big grosgrain rosettes and she struck a pose,” Doonan said as he re-enacted the scene. “She was so beautiful; she loved fashion so much and understood how it fit into history.”

Lisa worked hard to capture intimate moments, like the one Doonan recalled, in the 50 years of Vreeland’s glamorous life she chronicles in the book. “I went through 26 years of Bazaar, nine years at Vogue, and all the slides of shows at the Costume Institute,” Vreeland said. “The most challenging was cutting down the images—I could have done a book of 500 pages, at least.”

In the fall, watch as Vreeland’s legacy come to life when the film adaption of the book hits the big screen.

Photo: Joe Schildhorn / BFAnyc.com

Who’s Up For The British Fashion Awards,
Who Wants Klaus Kinski Front-Row,
Who’s Rethinking Khakis, And More…

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The British Fashion Award nominations are in! For designer of the year, Phoebe Philo (pictured) faces off with Christopher Kane and Erdem Moralioglu; for designer brand of the year, it’s Burberry and Mulberry vs. Pringle of Scotland and Victoria Beckham; and for menswear designer of the year, Christopher Bailey, Margaret Howell, Paul Smith, and the Savile Row label E. Tautz. Meanwhile, Nick Knight, Nicola Formichetti, and Rankin are all up for the Isabella Blow award for fashion creator—at least two of whom are Gaga besties. Now who will she root for? [WWD]

Richard Chai, who nabbed the CFDA Swarovski Award for emerging menswear designer last year, has announced he’ll debut his capsule collection for Original Penguin at his runway show this season. [WWD]

Steven Alan’s memories of Dockers center on “a 1970s math professor.” Let’s hope he chooses a different inspiration when he designs a few styles for the historic khaki producer. [NYT]

You probably aren’t washing your jeans as thoroughly and lovingly as Levi’s creative director Carl Chiara. But if you want to start, clear a few hours, a bathtub, and a sachet of potpourri, and follow these 14 or so simple directions. [WSJ]

For the latest issue of Interview, Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière sits down with legendary editor and style maven Polly Mellen, who’s full of great reminiscences about working in fashion in the era of Vreeland. Vreeland, the late Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue editrix, apparently had navy blue hair—chic! [Interview]

And Hint Mag puts several New York designers to the Mad Libs test. Read on to learn who wants Klaus Kinski in his front row, who wants the naked and blood-spattered cast of True Blood in his, and who aspires to “create a duplicate of himself, and then again and again until the entire world was Scott Sternbergs.” (One guess on that one.) [Hint Mag]

Photo: Courtesy of Celine