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Dv_1>>  What a character Diana Vreeland was.  I read her memoir D.V. the other day and it is just phenomenal, even twenty-two years after first being published.  She takes you on a whirlwind spree of her life, from Paris to London to New York and back again, dishing out tidbits on Balenciaga -- he used "short-limbed, plump models" because he liked Spanish women -- and imparting gems like this:

A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika.  We all need a splash of bad taste -- it's hearty, it's healthy, it's physical.  I think we could use more of it.  No taste is what I'm against.

I spent the entire book wondering if the experiences she details were really her life -- she knew everyone who was anyone, and went everywhere that was anywhere.  Or maybe she was exaggerating just a tad to make it all seem more interesting.  But when it comes down to it, it doesn't really matter -- a good story is a good story, and D.V. is a good story.

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