Wednesday, June 29, 2011
In 2008, I wrote this:
“A couple of years ago, a much-older male friend annoyed me by asking, ‘What are you going to do when you can’t be cute anymore?’ I privately thought, ‘WTF? My cuteness is eternal AND rust-proof, bitch.’ Out loud, I answered, ‘Then I’ll be old and crazy.’ … I’m going to wear rouge in perfectly round circles and apply lipstick to my teeth.”
The excellence of my plan was confirmed by a hybrid catalog/magazine that I recently received from Bergdorf Goodman. The publication included a Q&A between Andrew Bolton, the curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton. Writer Glenn O’Brien also participated. I was thrilled by this passage:
Andrew Bolton: …We were talking about [the late Vogue editor-in-chief] Diana Vreeland. Our curator Harold Koda used to work with her, and he went to pick her up at her apartment one evening, and she said to him, “Oh, Mr. Koda, am I wearing enough makeup?” And Harold said, “Well, Mrs. Vreeland, you are wearing quite a lot.” And she said, “That’s not what I asked. Am I wearing enough makeup?”
Sarah Burton: That’s brilliant!
Glenn O’Brien: She occasionally wore lipstick on her teeth.
Burton: That’s very Izzy Blow, lipstick on the teeth.
Bolton: Really chic …