The Fifth Floor Book Shelf

March 29, 2013

On the fifth floor of the studio, just outside of Diane’s office, there’s a library full of inspiration. This month, we indulged our craving for all things Mediterranean with Francoise Sagan’s “Bonjour Tristesse” and Pamela Fiori’s “In the Spirit of Capri.” The former is set on the French Riviera and filled with sun, sea, luxury and intrigue. We’re not just in love with the setting though; we’re also in awe of Ms. Sagan’s teenage self—at just 18, she dared to publish this story, which became an international bestseller. That’s some courage we can get behind!

The latter is a picturesque look at the idyllic island lifestyle of Capri. It fittingly features Marisa Berenson, longtime friend of Diane’s who was the model who represented the ‘70s jet-set. We can just imagine Marisa gazing at the sea in a refreshing white mini-dress.

For even more visual inspiration, we turned to “Matisse, His Art and His Textiles.” Filled with essays by curators and art historians from around the world, it’s a beautiful study in the interplay between mediums—and a favorite from the art shelves of Diane’s library.

And Diane herself hasn’t had much time to read lately—she’s been too busy writing her latest book! But she just finished up “Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland,” by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart. Vreeland has been written about before, but Stuart’s evocative descriptions paint a complete portrait of a complex character—and are occasionally hilarious. If anything is a worthwhile distraction, it has to be this colorful book about a colorful woman.

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