Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I want to say a little something about Anna Piaggi.
Anna was an Italian fashion writer and Vogue contributor. She joined Vogue Italia in the sixties and produced some incredible work.  She owned over 3,000 dresses and 400 amazing pairs of shoes which made up only a piece of her huge wardrobe. She inspired many great designers, such as Karl Lagerfeld and Manolo Blahnik. To say the least, she was one hell of a style icon.

When I was young, I remember coming across a picture of her in a magazine. I really didn't know what to make of her at first - it was like 'who is this woman with the crazy blue hair and insane hats!?'. Her clothes were always super flamboyant, overly colorful, and so vibrant which I suppose to the normal eye may seem extremely strange. But then I realized, she is a woman who knows what she likes and wore what she wanted no matter what others thought of her. Suddenly she was one of the most incredible women I have ever seen, and just by being herself she taught me a very valuable lesson...

As I said, I was young (think, 12-13). And you know how it is when you're young - you only want to fit in at school; you want to dress like everyone else so no one will make fun of you. But seeing that one photo of Anna Piaggi looking so crazy and confident in herself taught me in an instant that fashion is a way of self expression, it's a gift in life and  it should be used. She also taught me that fashion is a type of art, you're sometimes meant to take risks and you're always supposed to have fun; when you do it right, you will be remembered by it forever.

After seeing that photo, I did beg my mom to let me dye my hair a dark purple (after a long time of begging, it did actually happen!). I wore a lot of studs and discounted Marc Jacobs pieces (which I spent hours at Saks Fifth Off looking for), only because I thought it looked cool. The other kids did make fun of me at first, but later I was simply known as the 'fashion girl' at school and even though the kids didn't always mean it in a good way, it was a very nice feeling to have that recognition.

Seeing that photo of Anna gave me confidence as a young girl and it was one of the first steps for me becoming someone who lived in fashion. All though all she really did was take a sec to pose for a picture - it changed my life and I thank her for it with all my heart.

And now, hearing of her death makes me very sad.
She died at the age of 81 on August 7th, 2012. May she rest in peace. I will never forget her.


**The photo I posted here is not the photo I saw as a young girl. I wish I could find it but I don't even remember the magazine that it was in. The photo in this post was found on

**For the record, nowadays I wear my hair in it's natural color - brown. I also wear much less studs, but I still wear (discounted) Marc Jacobs pieces. I still live by what Anna's photo taught me back then.
I know I get some heat for not doing personal posts, but I haven't found myself as a personal style blogger (yet). When I start, I want to do it right. I am working on it, I promise. You will meet me soon.


  1. She truly was an inspiration and will continue to be for a long time I think.:)
    I have a similar experience to yours, minus the purple hair and discount Marc Jacobs. I wanted to express myself through fashion and took chances, even as a little girl,that a lot of the kids didn't get, but I was happy they didn't cause that made me even more different. I can't say I was directly inspired by her, but it was definitely her and people like her that allowed us to try new things and be ourselves.
    Looking forward to seeing some personal style here. My friends are always pushing me to do that as well, but I feel I can't do it just yet, I'm not that interesting just yet.
    Diana from

  2. Very interesting post,I'd like to colour my hair too!


  3. Wow! You have completely opened my eyes to a new inspiration!
    She's amazing, thank you so much!

    - Nikki

  4. she was one of the few unique and fierce fashion persons.great loss for the fashion world.



  5. Yes I've read it too such as shame but she at least had an amazing life ! :)

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  6. She was such an inspiration. Crazy excentric but hell of a woman. :)

  7. How inspiring she is!too sad to hear she was died:( may she rest in peace<3

  8. Fantastic post, she was/still a fashion wonder and truly an inspiration.

  9. Great homage - truly inspiring.

  10. great inspirational post ! She is amazing woman and style legend !

    XX Luba
    Well Living Blog


  11. She will forever be great.

    Thank you for posting this.

  12. Oh, I loved Anna Piaggi! She was such an inspirational, creative figure in the fashion industry and she will definitely be missed. This is such a lovely post...
    xx Maria

  13. Love your blog <3


  14. People like this make me look forward to getting older. Older people get away with more. Older people and Kelly Wearstler.

  15. Chanced upon your blog and enjoy reading it!

  16. This post is so touching, and such a great tribute to an amazing women! It's so nice to hear how someone else got into the industry that is fashion too. Thank you for sharing! And thanks for the comment on my blog, I can't wait to see more from you :)

    <3 Josephine

  17. I love this post, Arden... there is so much affection, respect and admiration in your moved me, and you inspired me.
    I absolutely agree with you, fashion is a way of self expression, a type of art.
    Anna Piaggi was certainly an artist, a talented one, fantastic and totally extravagant, and she'll keep us inspired, because that's what artist do...and that's why we will never forget her!

    Big hugs, dear!


    Thank you, dear Arden for your lovely mention in Twiter!...Who am I kidding, I'm still jumping of emotion!!!;)