Italian fashion editor and author Anna Dello Russo is considered a guiding light for her deep knowledge of the industry. Her passion began at a young age and flourished while spending more than 18 years as a fashion editor for Vogue Italia. In 2000, she was appointed editor-in-chief of L’Uomo Vogue, where she stayed until 2006 becoming creative director of Vogue Japan in 2006. Through her outward creativity, unique styling and persona as a daring streetstyle icon, she is continuously nudging fashion forward.
To what extent do you think fashion is about proposing/selling dreams? How might this have this have a positive effect on people?
Despite the speed of the industry I feel that the mojo of fashion will never disappear. The great thing in this world is that it is always surprising; there’s always a new element, trend or style that adds a modern layer to what already exists. In fashion, the dream is a never-ending story because, no matter the languages or tools, it keeps pace of the times. Today, grandeur is coming back through the desire to tell important stories of celebrities’ wonderful looks, and this keeps fashion a source of inspiration. But the new dream extends to inclusivity and diversity. Let’s think about the new collaboration between Demna Gvasalia at Balenciaga, who I consider a real modern couturier, And Ye, a pure creative, working with the Gap, a mass market brand that had lost its hype until now. This is a the new combination of dream and reality: dreaming couture, buying a sweater. A new language open to everybody.
What is one trend or item of clothing that will define the coming year (I think we should keep this one — especially given we are starting a new year)?
I can’t wait for the outcome of the new Ye x Gap x Balenciaga. This mixes couture and fast fashion and it excites me. Also all the puffy shapes that we saw in Ye’s Donda’s launch were really something. Lastly, I feel that, after Kim Kardashian’s MET Gala head-to-toe black covered look by Balenciaga, everything will be then very covered, no bare skin anymore.
How does this visual speak your dreams of fashion?
Zendaya for the Euphoria Season 2 Premiere in vintage Valentino that was first worn by Linda Evangelista for the prêt-à-porter Spring-Summer 1992 collection is an image that thrills me. She is a dream as she has the ability and the physique to turn every dress into an unforgettable look.