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How Anna Dello Russo made and lasted it

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I’ve got endless adoration for Anna Dello Russo, The Editor At Large (isn’t that a fabulous term?) and Creative Consultant for Vogue Japan. Anna Dello Russo’s genius lies not just in her infamous sense of aesthetic but in her longevity.

After spending an idyllic childhood in the Southern Italian City of Bari, young Anna went to (where else?) Milan, where she studied Design at the Elite Domus Academy and set herself apart as a distinct hybrid of creative and intellectual gifts.

Not content with studying only one subject, Anna returned to Bari and enrolled in a Masters program, eventually earning an M.A. in Italian Literature and Art History and sealed her fate of becoming a dazzling conversationalist.

There’s a wry old Hollywood saying that I’ve found pretty damn accurate.

The 3 Rules Of Making It

1. Have Talent

2. Know the right people

3. Be fun to be with.

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Anna had those rules down pat. She used them to rule Condé Nast Italia for 18 years with an impeccably manicured fist, first as fashion editor of Vogue Italia and as editor of L’Uomo Vogue. Today I’m totally channeling Anna Dello Russo (Italy’s answer to Anna Wintour) and keeping my focus as sharp as my wits. 

Anna’s move from Italian Vogue to Japanese Vogue was a bold and somewhat controversial choice. ‘Editor at Large’ is a position that can be interpreted one of two ways. 

The 2 Unspoken But Widely Accepted Definitions Of Editor At Large 

1. Famous and respected tastemaker who can’t be bothered with the nitty-gritty of running a magazine, instead focusing on being photographed looking fabulous, dolling out memorable quotes to fawning reporters, and enjoying the glam life.

2. Politely put to pasture. 

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I think it’s obvious which kind of Editor At Large Anna Dello Russo has turned out to be. When Anna made the move to Japanese Vogue, she used the freedom and lack of obligation that comes with being an Editor At Large to stealthily and stylishly infiltrate the buzzing Wasp next that is online media.

If Anna Wintour is the icon you want to worship from a distance, Anna Dello Russo is the legend you want as a mentor and cocktail hour companion. Anna Wintour can keep her gravitas; Anna Dello Russo has got charisma. Which she used to charm the pants off new media’s haute high priests, becoming a favorite subject of the street style photography megastars such as The Sartorialist and Jak & Jil. Anna used her strengths to straddle two very difficult and very different fashion stratospheres: New Media & Print Empire.

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The 3 Rules Of Making And Lasting It

1. Catch & Keep The Spotlight 

Anna Dello Russo is notorious for cutting edge to the point of crazy outfits. Lady Gaga is basically a tacky Anna Dello Russo impersonator sans Anna’s taste and sense of humor. 

2. Never Offend The People Who Pay You

Conde Nast MADE Anna Dello Russo, and Anna Dello Russo has never strayed. If you find a good boss who supports, respects, and pays you right, show loyalty and watch the world open up for both of you. 

3. Use Change To Your Advantage

Play up your strengths!

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Anna Dello Russo has been in the game for a long, long time. So long that I will not say out of politeness. Yet she still manages to be the coolest fashion chick in any town.

How?

By building upon the strengths she’d been developing for years. Instead of ignoring, then clumsily copying, the Street Style Epidemic, Anna recognized its potential. Everyone whose anyone had been gossiping about Anna’s ensembles for as long as she could remember, and she played into their fascination by dressing to shock and awe. Why not let the world have a look?

 

Fall 2014 Trend Guide

It seems like this season, we are celebrating and at this party, the hors d’oeuvres include color, comfort and music.

Fall 2014 Trend Guide

1. Get Cozy in Color

Fur, baby, fur! In a world where leather isn’t so frowned upon, we need to move on past the whole fur is mean thing. As Karl Lagerfeld says, “stressing over fur as a topic of issue is just childish.” I almost think fur is a requirement for fall, I think the leaves change colors when they sense the cozy plush being pulled from winter closets (or in Carrie Bradshaw’s case- the oven) everywhere. Fur doesn’t have to be so classic- it could be modern and fun and colorful.

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m-041414_Fall_2014_Trend_Report_shearling_slide_05Alexander Wang

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2. Vibrating Edges

Two colors “vibrate” because they are opposite hues on the color wheel.  Both colors are equal in value, equal in intensity, but opposite in hue. This combination will result in this badass, ironically edgy. 

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3. Let’s Knit Together

Knit took over everything this season. Fall 2014 will forever be known as the season of knit. I mean, why not? There’s a certain sense of beauty and seemingly unattainable elegance when knit is styled perfectly. Whether it’s a daringly form-fitting dress from Lanvin to an androgynous head to toe knit ensemble from Haider Ackerman or something simple but pristine like a nice, whimsical sweater from Nina Ricci.

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4. Let our Ensemble Dance

Fashion takes over Electronic Dance Music. Or is it that EDM takes over fashion? Fashion and music have always been BFF’s. I mean have you heard of Lady Gaga and Kanye? But this season, it doesn’t seem like music is wearing fashion, it is that fashion is wearing music.

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Fashion is a celebration, so celebrate. 

On our Radar: Graphics Gone Wild

 

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Vogue Brazil, March 2013

 

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Harpers Bazaar Malaysia, March 2013

 

 

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Elle USA, March 2013

 

 

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Vogue Japan, March 2013

 

 

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Vogue Japan, March 2013

 

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Harpers Bazaar UK, March 2013

 

 

 

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Vogue Germany, March 2013

 

It is quite obvious that this checker pattern has taken over almost every fashion magazine this month. This bold print feels fresh, yet still has a mod feel which keeps it retro and quirky. These models and celebrities look amazing donning this statement print and the styling is spot on! If you love this pattern but would rather not wear this look head-to-toe and risk looking like a checker board, opt for an accessory that has the fun print on it instead. Rock black and white checkers on the front of a bag or a sneaker with the bold print. You will still have that hint of mod meets modern in your outfit without feeling too consumed by the pattern.

 

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