If you thought you were a fashion addict, think again. W magazine’s November issue includes a sneak peek inside the closet of Vogue Nippon fashion director Anna Dello Russo. And by closet, we mean apartment. That’s right; Dello Russo has two Milan apartments that sit side-by-side. Dello Russo lives in one, and her clothes live in the other one. As W reporter JJ Martin writes, “Such a living arrangement might be considered unusual by anyone who didn’t own 4,000 pairs of shoes and 250 black tuxedo jackets and wasn’t 100 per cent fueled by fashion.” The question is: How does she keep track of her colossal archive?
W reports: “New purchases get front-row treatment in the main walk-in closet, next to her leopard-print bedroom. A zoolike collection of exotic fur coats (“It’s been a bloodbath–furs are my weakness,” she admits) is maintained in labeled cloth bags, while a season’s lesser models get relegated to nonslip hangers in the nosebleed back row. Once the season ends, everything is cleared out (except for the furs, which are exempt from expiration dates) to make way for new loot. Depending on the evicted item’s star wattage, it may go next door, to apartment number two, from which it may or may not emerge. Or it may be exiled to a giant closeted basement: the fashion graveyard. For Dello Russo, if you’re not new, you’re about as good as dead. “I hate vintage clothes,” she says, referring even to last year’s Prada.”
Check out more pictures and the entire article at WMagazine.com.
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