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.
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.
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 . Give it a try, and let us know what you think!
* Our preferred red is Pantone’s “Warm Red”.