By Leona

Fashion and politics—to her it was all equally important and

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Fashion and politics—to her it was all equally important 

Reed could head to Havana to find out what it was really like to live there, travel with Madeleine Albright or Hillary Clinton,

and then write about her favorite discontinued classic perfume or why she loved pork chops.

She was a trenchant observer of politics, but she never ceased to be entranced by fashion, food, flowers, and, most of all, entertaining.

“Fashion and politics—to her it was all equally important and equally ridiculous,”

says Keith Smythe Meacham, her partner in the online home goods emporium Reed Smythe.

Says Jessica Brent, one of the posse of lifelong girlfriends whose exploits Reed recounted throughout her career:

“If there wasn’t one, Julia could always make up a good reason for a party.

And sometimes the planning was as much fun—​or more fun—than the party itself.

Then there was the after-party review the next day.

Before, during, and after a party—Julia loved it all.”

Her passion for design was evident in all her homes; the Bourbon Street apartment in New Orleans,

with its courtyard garden where she served Pimm’s Cup and bourbon; her small Manhattan duplex,

its golden double-height living room the setting for glamorous soirées where tray after tray of ham biscuits and crab salad emerged from the tiny kitchen.

And then there was the house in the Garden District, whose renovation Reed chronicled in her comic masterpiece,

The House on First Street.  สถาปนิก