reading Vreeland’s Why Don’t You columns you couldn’t stop marvelling at what a class and imagination she had, just read her suggestions for the New Year gifts published in Harpers Bazaar December 1936 issue - so crazy, luxurious and extravagant.
Why don’t you:
- give someone an enormous white handkerchief-linen table-cloth, and in different handwriting and in different colours (black, acid green, pink, scarlet and pale-blue) have embroidered all the bon mots you can possibly think of?
- give a case of vin rosé - a delicious wine for luncheon or simple dinners?
- give a length of exquisite brocade - enough for an evening envelope, to bind a favorite book, or make a little jacket?
- give Chanel’s ‘Glamour’? It drives men crazy.
- give a satin-finished platinum box with all the diamonds, rubies, and sapphires in the world scooped together and smeared in a lovely design on the lid?
- give to the wife of your favorite band leader an entire jazz-band made of tiny banquette diamonds and cabochon emeralds in the form of a bracelet from Marcus?