...like the socialite and fashionista, the Countess Consuelo Crespi!
Two choice extracts from her obituary in the New York Times:
In 1981, when wealthy French women lined up to cancel orders for evening gowns after the election of the Socialist François Mitterrand, Countess Crespi declared that Italian women would never do anything that silly. “They’d rather go down in their taffetas,” she told The New York Times.Consuelo Pauline O'Brien O'Connor Crespi (31st May 1928 – 18th October 2010)
Her position at the centre of the fashion world was underlined by a story told in 2007 by Giancarlo Giammetti, Valentino’s long-time business partner. Speaking to Women’s Wear Daily, he said that in 1973 he and Valentino were thrilled to get an order from Bloomingdale’s - until the countess showed up in what the newspaper described as “a tizzy.” She reported that the Valentino coats were being sold in the basement. Mr. Giammetti asked what the basement was. “It’s where they sell home detergents,” Countess Crespi said in horror.