In the new book The Price of Illusion (Simon & Schuster), former French Vogue editor Joan Juliet Buck shares her favorite things based on a whirlwind life full of parties, celebrities and fashion with our own bibliophile Lance Avery Morgan.
Three qualities that got me where I am today are…Speak French. Don’t lie – I can’t lie. Have a lot of imagination.
Moment I felt I’d made it was…becoming the features editor of British Vogue when I 23. I’d wanted it since I was 14.
A change I’d like to see in my industry…is for magazines to be as necessary again as they were before social media.
Best career advice I have received is…to keep at it. I learned from my father [film producer Jules Buck] a stick-to-it-ness.
How I made my first dollar was…Acting at 11. Being in Greyfriar’s Bobby was blissful.
My style icon is…Enrica Thelma Houston, wife of my godfather John Huston. Ricky was so Bohemian and had been a ballerina. She was the first person I ever saw wearing Persian Court clothes. Marvelous.
First album I bought…was likely something classical like Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
The last thing I binge/marathon watched was…The Americans, Orange Is The New Black, House of Cards. And I love John Oliver.
A book that left a lasting impression on me was…A Gentleman Goes To Moscow by Amor Towles. We’re both Oprah Book Club at the Palm Beach Book Festival picks where I am appearing with him.
What everyone/woman should try in her lifetime is… to be consistently kind.
My perfect day would begin…with birds singing and buds on the trees. And a sense that something wonderful is about to happen.