Monday, March 20, 2006

Anna Piaggi is my hero

This week's Carnivale of Couture is hosted by the Shoelover, a girl after my own heart. Her question:

If you could exchange your life with that of any one particular fashion "celebrity" (Shoelover will use that term loosely), whose life would it be and why?

The Fashionable Kiffen had a difficult time choosing just one famous fashionista, but after much deliberation (who would have the best wardrobe? who has the most fabulous circle of fashionable friends?), Anna Piaggi (currently, an editor-at-large of Italian Vogue) won out. For those of you who are not familar with her, this article from the Observer is an excellent introduction.

"In fashion circles, Anna Piaggi is an institution. You don't ask her age, but according to the Italian Dizionario della Moda, 2004, she was born in 1931. She is ageless, timeless and full of energy. During showtime, she can always be relied upon to be more outlandishly dressed than the models on the catwalk. She is her own sideshow, always with her hat, her walking cane (usually too short to actually lean on), her blue rinse and a surprised look on her face. For designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, whose clothes she seems to mix with everything, she is a breath of fresh air in a sea of scowling, black-clad fashion editors. They remember her as 'a character' when they were students, and are happy they now contribute to the Piaggi look. 'We love Anna!' they say. 'She is a true style icon, a woman who has a personal and recognisable style. She is creative, eccentric and unpredictable, with a great knowledge of the history of fashion."

She has an amazing apartment in Milan, travels around the world to all the most stylish destinations, and she is a fashion icon who is famous for her eccentricities, and she never wears the same thing twice. Her doppine pagine - she gets to cover whatever inspires her - in Italian Vogue is the heart and soul of the magazine, and a must-read for those in the industry. Plus, she has a wardrobe full of Pucci, Missoni, Poiret, Galliano, and Schiaperelli - I'd switch places for the clothes alone!

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