I was so happy to see a feature on Polly Mellen, former fashion editor and creative director, in the April issue of Vogue magazine. Her home has all the rustic pieces that I'm loving right now plus vibrant mixes of color and patterns, with white walls to let it all breathe and the eye can rest.
This woman is an artist with needlepoint. The rug, made square by square while passing time while flying and on photoshoots, was inspired by the dress tartans of the British Isles. The pillows, also made by Polly, reference artists such as Lautrec, Klimt, and Matisse.
A 1920's bench holds company with a large painting by Gloria Vanderbilt, a gift from Richard Avedon. The Venetian glass mirror above her vintage dresser was given to her by her mother on her 16th birthday.
Her bathroom walls are covered with limited edition Love posters designed by Yves Saint Laurent. "Oh how I loved Yves Saint Laurent," she says, "He was so fragile."
In the article they mention how people would tease her about her excitement at the shows, making fun of her "seal clapping" in appreciation of a great piece. That comment made me remember Isaac Mizrahi's documentary Unzipped. I had to comb through different sections, but at 3:34 you can see her talking to Isaac, and then Amber Valletta mocking her(if you continue to watch you can see a young, beautiful Kate Moss on screen).
Polly may be a character, but I like people that can not only entertain you but educate you as well. I would gladly sit down by the pool with her and listen to all of her many fashion stories. I bet she has some great ones.
Images from Style.com/Photographed by Eric Boman