Tuesday, February 15, 2005

It's DEE-AHN-NA--NOT Donatella!

To our great chagrin, the New York Post's Liz Smith reports in her February 15, 2005 column:

"It's amazing to see Harper's Bazaar is now presenting none other than Donatella Versace as the person to "match wits" with the late formidable legend Diana Vreeland by re-creating the latter's famous Why don't you? column. One does wonder what Mrs. Vreeland, who didn't tolerate fools gladly and often remarked that a little vulgarity was good for us, would make of the woman Bazaar has dubbed her successor?

"Donatella, inheritor of her slain brother's empire, offers the following: 'Why don't you remember black is not the only basic? Flesh tones are not only fresh but flattering . . . create a collection of colored diamonds? Start small, the big ones will follow . . . ditch the terry-cloth pool towels and stock your pool house with hot-pink velvet towels instead? . . . remember that Mother always knows best?'

"Hmmmm . . . I can see Bazaar nominating Donatella as the successor to possibly Mae West, another woman with scads of philosophies, but Mrs. Vreeland?"