Do as Eleanor Does: Perk Yourself Up with Red
September 24th, 2011

Eleanor Lambert — the founder of the International Best Dressed List, and the subject of fab new book “Eleanor Lambert: Still Here,” by John Tiffany — was the type of formidably chic woman that seems to have passed away as the last century closed. Diana Vreeland, Millicent Rogers, Doris Duke, Helene Rochas, Babe, Slim … it’s not very modern to indulge in nostalgia, but we’re hard pressed to find anyone to match them today. Or anyone quite so quotable.

Eleanor Lambert once said of her favorite color: “I perk myself up after a hard day by wearing red.” Now, in her case, that might be a Charles James gown (now in the Met Museum’s collection), but even something as simple as a bouquet of red roses — like the ones (above) a friend brought for Sunday lunch — can achieve a similar effect. Here are some other red stories that inspire us.

One day we are going to get a grown-up closet, and when we do, we are going to paint it scarlet like Richard Lambertson and John Truex have done in their Sutton Place apartment (above).

Vibrant tomato is our favorite shade of red. (We’re not at all fans of berry red.) This luscious tomato and ball of buffalo mozzarella came from a market in Taormina, Sicily — and made for a salad we can still taste.

During a trip to Italy last Autumn, we were riveted by the luminous reds of the Venetian Renaissance painters. These details are both from paintings that hang in the Accademia: Giovannie Bellini (above, top), and Giovanni Mansueti.

This door off the main square in Cusco, the old Inca capital of Peru, captured our imagination with its marvelous gloss, especially against the old stonework.

So perhaps it’s no accident that some of our bestselling cards favor red. And not just for Valentine’s Day. As Eleanor said, it is a color that always thrills. And now it couldn’t be easier — shameless self-promotion ahead — to buy any card you like from our new online shop. Give it a try, and let us know what you think!

* Our preferred red is Pantone’s “Warm Red”.


2 Responses

  1. Daley says:

    Do you know why I love mornings now? Because of you and your supremely chic blog. It is such a visual feast; it makes me smile and it has changed the way I look at things. You inspire me everytime I read your blog.

    One thing: cf: Eleanor Lambert. I noticed my name was missing from the list. I was quite surprised by that omission. I thought I would just bring that to your attention for future blogs.

  2. Shefali Malhoutra says:

    Beautiful pictures, illuminating words, an idea superbly illustrated.

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