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 thefashionspot.com.
**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.