The Vreeland Vroom

The great Diana Vreeland plays a major inspirational role in the creation of the new Tour Book. Her love of a super-saturated red, for example, informs the color palette for the book. Sometimes I catch myself trying to tone things down for certain events (weddings and what-not) but Ms. Vreeland never did that. At work, I don’t do that either, hence this Cynthia Crowley folder design that decorates the office with a punch of color. (I have a matching pencil holder and clips to go with it.) There is something to be said for the softer, subtler entrance – but embarking upon one’s Final Tour is neither the time nor place for quietude and gentleness. Instead, I am hitting hard and bold, and living up to the dramatic name I’ve created. It may not be real, but it’s fitting for this last time.

To live as unapologetically and unabashedly as Ms. Vreeland and Ms. Crowley, embracing one’s love for powerful hues and anything-but-delicate color is a lesson in fortitude, strength, self-expression, and pride. It is the power to be so completely yourself that confidence comes as second nature. If you project something long enough, it eventually comes to be, whether you believe in it or not. The opposite proves true too, which means that habit can be dangerous, and stagnation may only breed further stagnation. Once a rut finds footing, it’s difficult to change the path. But not impossible.

I’ve done it.

And I’ll do it again. One final time.

The Delusional Grandeur Tour: Last Stand of a Rock Star

The curtain goes up August 1, 2015

Kindly take your seats…

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