Over the last few years, Japanese Vogue fashion director Anna Dello Russo has become quite the sensation in the fashion world, thanks mostly to her extravagant ensembles—during fashion week, rarely does a day go by without a street style blog (or many) posting a photograph of Dello Russo, complete, naturally, with thousands of dollars worth of designer pieces. Unsurprisingly, these photographs have caused plenty of interest, which is why the Guardian decided to delve into the world of Dello Russo and chat with her about the difference between blogs and print magazines, her obsession with fashion, and her personal life. While we definitely suggest you read the entire article, we have, in the meantime, picked out five things about Anna Dello Russo that you might not already know.
1. She loves headpieces.
“Cherry. Cherry, on my ‘ead,” she explains. “This is cherry. I like ‘ead pieces. I love them. I met Sarah Jessica Parker. I love ‘er! I was wearing a watermelon in my hair! She look at me like: ‘Oh! Where she from?'”
2. For a while, she didn’t like being photographed by street style photographers.
“At the beginning, no! Because I was shy. Really intimidate by that. In the beginning, we [all Schulman’s notable fashion editor targets] were shy! We didn’t understand, we didn’t have the confidence with the poses, in the middle of the street, in front of everyone! It was funny at the beginning!”
3. She sees the difference between blogs and print magazines.
“I really get into the mood. I completely understand this was a new media power starting.” Bloggers tell the truth about fashion, she says, unlike magazine editors. “In magazine, I say, I was in ivory tower. I didn’t have time to listen [to readers]. You don’t feel the people, you get list of number [circulation figures, I presume] but… and feedback come one month later. Internet is immediate! Make contact, I feel my audience! I understand what they like! They make a break in the rules! They talk to you!”
4. She first realized she was obsessed with fashion when she was 12.
“My father say: ‘What you want for a gift?’ I say: ‘One set of Fendi.’ He say: ‘OK, let’s go to the shop.’ I say: ‘Is not bag, is set. Which means: bag, wallet, scarf, umbrella… All matching.’ My father say: ‘Where you go with this umbrella? Here, is not raining!’ I come from south of Italy. He say: ‘Where you go with this?’ I say: ‘I go to the school!’ He say: ‘With your umbrella?’ I say: ‘Yes! This is part of the look!'”
5. She was once married, but “lost” her husband due to her vast clothing collection—which spans two Milanese apartments.
“I spend all my life in fashion! I don’t have children. I actually have a dog. And I lost my husband anyway. Because he said: ‘Too much clothes, in your house!’ He said to me: ‘Where is the space for me?’ I said: ‘There is no space for you.’ He says: ‘Where is the space in the closet?’ There is no space in the closet! He says: ‘Are you crazy?’ Then he left. No space for ‘im!” She was married, she tells me, for a little over a month, and she wore a black Balenciaga two-piece on the day her divorce became official. “My dog, she doesn’t need the space in the closet. She doesn’t like clothes. I tried to put on some clothes, she hates!”
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