Bessie Wallis Warfield Simpson, better known as the Duchess of Windsor is a 20th century style icon, a pariah as well as a shameless fortune hunter. There is no question that she was voracious when it came to her wardrobe of clothes and her collection of jewels and possibly her collection of men.
Being the beginning of Fashion Week in London, I thought that this would be a great time to hear what she has to say about her past, present and future.
I was fortunate enough to summon up her spirit, via some very special connections, and today we can read about what Wallis had to say about the states of fashion and celebrity.
Let her know what you think of her comments …
1. WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT STATE OF MIND?
I wanted to be queen not some Duchess; I wanted a royal funeral at Buckingham Palace. I feel cheated and stupid that I fell for that wimp…I wanted a throne!
2. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PRESENT STATE OF FASHION?
I am so triste that the greats are all gone … I miss Cristobal and Hubert and Yves and not so much Elsa, she was such a bitch …the clothes today have no raffine… they are for trollops and peasants
3. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CELEBRITY/MODEL IDEA?
I thought it was super when the models were Babe and Gloria and there were “bals’ and grand affairs but now you have such trash trying to be beautiful with fake boobs and fake lips and all the injectables and no taste
4. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF REALITY STARS TURNED INTO STYLE ICONS?
Reality stars like moi meme? I was a reality star, I romanced a future king, he gave up the throne for me …what you have now is poor excuses for any kind of fame or style…these women, if you can call them that , do not own their own jewels or clothes or even shoes ..How can be they be icons of anything but beggars
5. WHO ARE YOU SORRY YOU MISSED DURING YOUR CAREER?
I am sorry I did not sleep with more men…the Duke wouldn’t have cared…David was too busy being David and taking care of those blasted dogs…he was such a dolt and a pansy …I could have had much more jewelry. I should have been totally proficient with this ben wah balls and had more of a sex game going on
6. WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE ABOUT STARDOM?
Make the most of yourself. It does not matter if you are the prettiest in the room, but it does matter if you are the MOST charming and beguiling
7. WHAT WAS YOUR CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT?
Again, crowning is such a poor choice of words. I became known all over the world, me some poor divorcee from Baltimore became one of the most famous women of the 20th century… how many can say that, let alone do it !
8. WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE CHANGED ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH?
I would have forced David to take on the title of King, even if I had to be his concubine, he still would have only listened to me …I really could have changed history ….maybe I should have bedded Adolph and allowed Jimmy to buy me more jewels or even ‘acquire’ a piece or two of the crown jewels!
9. WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNER?
I have so many, Mainbocher, Dior, St. Laurent, Givenchy, ,,yes I even like the clothes of that bitch Schiaparelli, after all they were great fun and they did guarantee me photos in the papers..but Dior is why i moved to Paris
10 .WITH WHOM WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPLIT A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE? NAME ONE OR MORE
There is no one that I wanted to meet who I had not met and I think that so many of the socials today are far too pedestrian for me not to mention they are philistines
11. WHAT IS THE QUALITY YOU MOST ADMIRE IN OTHERS?
Generosity to me and respect for me
12. WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO MENTOR IN THIS GENERATION?
It is too bad that Camilla hadn’t followed in my footsteps ..yes she married her prince but she was like yesterday’s newspapers and not smart enough to have made sure he kept it all quiet until way after that neurotic blond wench died
13. DO YOU THINK FASHION/CELEBRITY IS TAKEN TOO SERIOUSLY?
The issue is not if it is taken seriously, but WHO should be taken seriously…again I abhor these newly minted starlets and socials who think Hermes and fancy clothes make them special…HA! I think the heel height is perfectly opposite of their place in society and you recall the saying about the silk purse…me being the exception
14. WHO DO YOU THINK HAS LITTLE TALENT AS A DESIGNER/PERFORMER?
I was never much for most of the Americans…they copied the French and I was not a lover of sportswear…I wanted real day clothes and real cocktail dresses and gown and balls gowns …not jeans …bah!
15. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME BACK IN A SECOND LIFE?
I would have liked to have been Elizabeth Taylor, she had great beauty and she knew how to get the very best out of everyone and everyone liked her…well I cannot say the same of me…alas, I just got David’s endless gifts from Cartier and Van Cleef
*****soecial thanks to TIM OTTE …www.timotte.com