Monday, October 17, 2011

Why don't you....?

Diana Vreeland was larger than life. She was a charismatic, eccentric tastemaker; an influential, vocal and innovative figure in fashion. After a stint at Harper's Bazaar she became editor-in-chief at Vogue magazine, then dabbled in curating at the Costume Institute at the Met Museum. Wow. During her time at Harper's, she launched a column in 1936 called "Why Don't You?". These statements were seeds of inspiration, at times rather wacky, outlandish or downright dreamy. Here are some examples. I'd love to hear your own 'Why don't you's!...

Diana Vreeland's 'Why Don't You...':

...tie an enormous bunch of silver balloons on the foot of your child’s bed on Christmas Eve?

… paint a map of the world on all four walls of your boys’ nursery so they won’t grow up with a provincial point of view?

… tie black tulle bows on your wrists?

...wear violet velvet mittens with everything?

… have an elk-hide trunk for the back of your car? Hermès of Paris will make this.

…have a room done up in every color green? This will take months, years, to collect, but it will be delightful—a melange of plants, green glass, green porcelains, and furniture covered in sad greens, gay greens, clear, faded, and poison greens?


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