Today the much-awaited documentary “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel” opens in theaters. The fashion icon’s granddaughter-in-law, Lisa Immordino Vreeland, produced and directed the film, which takes an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the personality and life of the ‘Empress of Fashion.’ In honor of the movie, we are resurrecting Vreeland’s Harper’s Bazaar “Why Don’t You?” column with a new series. Please stay tuned each Friday for the next month as we ask past and new contributors for their stylish suggestions.

“Diana Vreeland – The Eye Has To Travel” Official Trailer

First up is frequent Fashion Friday maven Debbi O’Shea, who has spent her career in fashion and is currently the “By Appointment” consultant and Brand Ambassador for Giorgio Armani Black Label at Richards in Greenwich, Connecticut.  A hereditary-breast-cancer survivor, O’Shea also writes the Beauty and Fashion Blog DivaDebbi.

“Why Don’t You remodel the fabulous furs your chic Aunt Agatha left to you? Why keep a dated fur in its old fashion state when so many possibilities abound for stylish redos? Whether you trim your cashmere cape or design a vest or poncho, you will then have a piece (or pieces) you can throw over everything, from a turtleneck with trousers and boots to your sleekest LBD.”


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  • madaline winkles September 21, 2012 at 10:56 pm


    thank you Diva for another great idea – you never disappoint

  • DivaDebbi September 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks for letting me kick start this fun Fashion Friday feature. I cannot wait to see this film!

    Yes, we are successfully remodeling your old unworn coats and turning them into divinely chic current pieces…it’s not just the old coats from Aunt Agnes that people are bringing in! It’s also the first mink, usually down to the ankles, that women bought for themselves in the 80’s.

    If I can be of help to any of our readers, please call me for an appointment at Richards 203-622-0551. I have never known anyone who has regretted doing this!


  • Stacey Bewkes September 21, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Great suggestion and I am doing just that!!