A new fashion coffee table staple, this glossy tome tracks Vreeland’s extensive and influential fashion career through her work. That means the pages are filled with gorgeous examples of editorials styled by Vreeland and shot by famed fashion photogs like Irving Penn and Richard Avedon to name a few. And, yes, the author is obviously connected to Vreeland–she married to her grandson–so that can’t have hurt in putting together a comprehensive look and this legendary editrix’s life.
Barneys feted the book last week, and we chatted with Simon Doonan, the retailer’s creative-ambassador-at-large, to get his take on his former employer. Yes, Doonan worked for Vreeland when she was at the Met’s Costume Institute. “Working with her was just mind-blowing,” he said. “She was such a talented, extraordinary person, and eccentric and full of mad ideas…she was a provocateur. Had she been younger she would have been a punk rocker.” More details, please, we pleaded. “If the mannequins were a bit gawky she’d say, ‘They look like they’re waiting in line at Gristedes!’” Doonan added (and we were satisfied).