Usually, runway collections are approached as a source of inspiration, to then be filtered down to a wearable look. This is not the case for Anna Dello Russo, who is not just passionate about fashion, she strives to be it. Dressing in complete looks straight from the catwalk and pulling them off with ease, the Editor-in-chief of Vogue Japan is one of the ultimate style icons of our time, with her eccentric and influential outlook on fashion applying to both her work and her personal style.
Born in Bari, Italy, in 1962, Dello Russo always had ambitions to work in fashion, with dreams of opening her own boutique. With the disapproval of her father, she went on to study journalism, attending the Domus Academy in Milan, where she completed a bachelors degree in Italian Literature and Art History. Dello Russo was soon to be discovered by journalist Annalisa Milella, who brought her into worldwide publishing company Condé Nast.
After the encouragement of Milella, Dello Russo landed a job at Italian Vogue, eventually taking on the position of editor-in-chief at L’Uomo Vogue. She continued this role for the next six years, delving into men’s fashion and citing Hedi Slimane and Raf Simons as influences.
By 2006, Dello Russo decided it was time for her to venture into women’s fashion. Currently editor-at-large for Vogue Japan, her high-impact approach to fashion has become infamous amongst street style bloggers, with Jak & Jil’s Tommy Ton citing her as his muse. Reportedly owning 4,000 pairs of shoes and an apartment dedicated to her excessive collection of clothes, Dello Russo believes there is no need to change a perfect runway look for everyday wear. Not dissimilar from her personal style, her editorials and covers for Vogue Japan are fantasy-like, taking fashion to an extreme level and what would fashion be if it didn’t push boundaries.
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Images from Vogue Japan.