Style Heroine: Anna Piaggi

Manolo Blahnik refers to her as "modern beyond belief." British milliner Stephen Jones named her his muse many years ago. Karl Lagerfeld documented a dozen years of what he calls "anna-chronistic" looks in his 1986 Anna-centric tome Lagerfeld's Sketchbook. Anna Piaggi is old world fashion royalty, through and through. An Italian fashion journalist and undeniable style icon, Anna Piaggi is likely the coolest octogenarian on planet earth. She began her illustrious career as a translator for the Italian publishing company Mondadori and then continued on to write for Vogue Italia and the 1980s avant garde glossy Vanity. Both magazines realized her incorrigible talent and allowed her complete creative freedom, which resulted in her becoming widely known for double page editorial spreads. Her beautiful collages of image and text were masterfully laid out by Luca Stoppini and members of the fashion community ravenously collect old issues of the now defunct Vanity as well as other magazines that hold her work. She is equally as famous for her professional career as she is for her personal style -- delicately curled blue hair, thickly outlined eyes and tailor made accessories (Blahnik designed many of her shoes, while Stephen Jones undertook the task of creating hats specifically for her eccentric, irreverent style) make up her signature look -- and she's even used the same bright cherry red manual Olivetti valentine typewriter since 1969. The Victoria & Albert Museum in London presented an exhibit surrounding her wardrobe in 2006, reporting that this over the top lady owns 2,865 dresses and 265 pairs of shoes. She is known for never appearing publicly in the same outfit twice -- a feat that is a wistful dream for most fashionistas. But while never repeating she has managed to create a style that is just her own; a collection of common themes that run through every outfit she constructs. As any true Style Heroine does, she's mastered the art of being unmistakable. [caption id="attachment_10012" align="aligncenter" width="320" caption="Selecting images for Vogue Italia in 2004"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10014" align="aligncenter" width="320" caption="Anna & Karl"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10015" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Anna & Karl"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10017" align="aligncenter" width="429" caption="Present day Piaggi & Lagerfeld"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10018" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Lagerfeld's Sketchbook"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10019" align="aligncenter" width="349" caption="Lagerfeld sketch"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10023" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Milliner Stephen Jones & his muse"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10027" align="aligncenter" width="299" caption="Dame Vivienne Westwood & Anna"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10029" align="aligncenter" width="320" caption="Piaggi inspired Marc Jacobs AW12 collection"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10031" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Outside the Giorigo Armani Menswear AW12 show"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10033" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Scrapbook"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10034" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Anna & Isabella Blow"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10036" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The Style Council photographed by Richard Avedon: Polly Mellen, André Leon Talley, Regis Pagniez, Anna Piaggi & John Fairchild"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10037" align="aligncenter" width="754" caption="Blahnik & Piaggi"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10038" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Anna Piaggi pop art "][/caption]