Why it pays to peacock like Anna Dello Russo
Words: Jenna Clarke
There are women who dress to impress men, women who dress to find a new gay BFF, women who dress to piss off other women and then there’s Anna Dello Russo – the Lady Gaga of Fashion Weeks and the owner of the original duck face.
If street style photographers were seagulls, Dello Russo would be the biggest hot chip on earth.
She’s the crack pot, couture collecting editor-at-large of Vogue Nippon and the fairy god mother of staged street style.
However as the men’s collections and couture shows wrap up in Milan and Paris, the fashion world’s most photographed woman has confessed she’s worried her reign as the queen of quirky is coming to an end.
“Sometimes now I think ‘Oh, if I do not get photographed I will be miserable’ or ‘Oh my god, the outfit does not work any more’,” she told The Telegraph.
“In a way, I enjoy that the new generation watches me, it gives me confidence.”
Online discussion has flared up recently suggesting street style may soon get the Project Runway “Auf Wiedersehen”.
Many of the original pedestrian photographers like The Sartorialist’s Scott Schuman are now reverting back to legendary New York Times street snapper Bill Cunningham’s blueprint of photographing plain Jane’s on the street instead of size 6 editors and stylists pouting and posing outside the shows.
In her book The Cult of Celebrity: What Our Fascination with the Stars Reveals About Us, Cooper Lawrence suggests ADR’s feelings of misery are on the money.
“The other half of narcissism is depression. If other people aren’t making them feel special it makes them miserable, they’re miserable if they’re not being paid attention too,” she writes.
“Someone who’s 100 per cent focused on their appearance says, ‘I like to look good to feel good’, but it has more to do with how others perceive them. If they’re photographed, they equate it with well being.”
A narcissist with a fondness for dermal fillers she may be but ADR is no novice - she’s worked in and across the Vogue stable internationally since 1986.
Her greatest accessory is nonchalance (and her 4,000 pairs of shoes).
The 50-year-old is morbidly passionate about fashion. She owns two apartments in Milan in order to house her wardrobe and has a strict “only wear it once” policy – a habit which she bank rolls by looking bat shit crazy in most frames.