i didn’t know this lady was a fashion icon until i looked her up ( i have much to learn..). would it be sacriligeous to say that i’m not fond of this work? i’d have liked to see her on the street with teh blue hair and cap but less distraction on the body..but that would be MY style and NOT hers, i’m just saying… Well,at least she is not boring and we can tell that her passion is fashion! people with funk are ok on my list.
This is from Wiki lest anybody think she is just a crazy old woman
“Anna Piaggi is an Italian fashion writer and style icon.
Anna Piaggi has written for fashion magazines such as the Italian edition of Vogue and, in the 1980s, the avant-garde magazine Vanity. She is known especially for double page spreads in the Italian Vogue, where her artistic flair has been given free expression in a montage of images and text, with layout by Luca Stoppini. Since 1969, she has used a bright red manual Olivetti typewriter for her work.
Piaggi has a large clothes collection, including 2865 dresses and 265 pairs of shoes, according to a 2006 exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She dresses in an exuberant, unique and eclectic way, never appearing in the same outfit more than once in public. Such is her influence and knowledge in the fashion world, Manolo Blahnik has dubbed her ‘The world’s last great authority on frocks’.”
I know she’s a fashion icon, but she looks just scary…clothes are really cool, but her make up…oh my god! she looks like a theatre character from an absurd dramatic composition, the crazy old lady which still thinks is young, walking on the street with very read lips, hoping to find a young man but depressed that all men avoid her. In Bucharest, there are a lot of old & single ladies, walking their dogs or cats in the morning or in the evening, maked-up like in their good days, but simply looking patetic now. but anna piaggi is fascinating because she made it: nobody tells her that is trying too hard…why?
I love her. She is clearly having fun with her clothes, and that is what fashion should be all about. I bet she makes people smile where ever she goes. Who wouldn’t be instantly cheered up by a rainbow crossing your path? The coat is a bit strange, like a couch from the 70′s, but I don’t hate it. I especially love her hair. I’ve been considering dying mine pink again, but worried I was too old to do it anymore. I guess you’re only too old if you feel like you’re too old. :)
Because I didn’t know who she was, she must have always looked like this. Picasso never looked like Picasso until he was in his 70s, and for it’s the same with this lady. She must live squarely in the present. What style, and what courage. Bravo!
I saw this really stylish older woman walking down the street with blue hair and I thought wow she looks great what excellent personal style. I didn’t realise this was who she was. I want to dress like that when I’m her age!
I adore Anna! Who wants to be a boring lady d’une certain age in polyester elastic waist pants and big blobby orthopedic shoes when you can look incredible like this! She is a marvelous fashion heroine for me and I would kill to see her closet. Thanks, Sart!
Trying too hard says it all…but I suppose one could give her snaps for having the courage of her convictions. Essentially, she clearly dresses to entertain herself and others–but I wouldn’t be caught dead like this. It reminds me of a page in an old Curious George book, where the lively monkey runs amuck with paint. As we say in the south, “Poor dear.”
I think she’s wonderful. There is nothing more satisfying than to see someone of a ‘certain’ age who flips the bird to the ridiculous conventions of wearing nothing but beige and nude lipstick after the age of 40. I would be delighted to see her on the street.
She is such an inspiration! I hope that if I reach that age, I can duplicate the blue hair!! She looks like she is having so much fun, that is what fashion is to me. I’ve been in an all black phase, time to add some color!
anyone remember the show “Are you being Served”? Perhaps Molly Sugden’s colorfully cheeky character Mrs. Slocombe was inspired by Miss Anna? esp the rainbow hair. I think the coat is kinda drab, in a used couch sort of way. I do love her chambray/leather purse tho. very chic!
Maybe its just what she was wearing that day when the photograph was taken but when i saw that picture the circus popped into my head. But I give her my all for having the COURAGE to walk around the street like that and still have a faboulous pout at that age! Bravo!
I know she’s a world-famous fashion icon, but I always thought she looked a bit of a mess. Then again, everyone has different tastes and mine just tend to favour a more minimalistic approach. Of course she must be commended for the audacity to stay so vibrantly dressed at her age.
However, the one thing that makes this picture worth looking at is that shock of wavy blue hair poking out from beneath her hat – a cool detail in itself. …If only it were not so clearly destroyed from years of hair dye and abuse.
I love this–it’s so inspiring to see someone immerse themselves in all that defines pure fashion– the extension of the individual. She regards popsicle colored prints paired with florals, allowing a curl of cotton candy hued hair to spring loose from the cap and help illuminate, in all its brightness, her seemingly eccentric personality.
Its so annoying to read all these comments about her makeup being “too Much” and hair, and such. She’s fabulous. Get over yourselves. There are no rules to expressing yourself via fashion. She is incredible. I understand that at first glance, the look may appear a little “jumbled”, but after a moment you notice the detail of everything about this woman and this look and you realize it’s amarvelous. It all fits. And besides, what makeup are you “supposed” to waer with this outfit. I say nothing short of what’s on her rosy little face. She’s inspirational! Brava Anna!
anonymous @2:18 maybe this would be the start of a learning curve for some. just because you don’t understand all the nuances of a subject doesn’t mean you don’t “belong on a fashion blog” not all sartorialists and -istas are born athena-like, fully formed in their knowledge of references and permutations of the history of fashion. maybe you should try a little more tolerance for others who might just have a different frame of reference than you :)
What is your response to this all-too-typical attitude from one of the other commenters? “If you don’t understand icons like anna piaggi- and i don’t mean like it, just understand it- you do not belong on a fashion blog. she is exquisite.”
Would if have been okay for me to say she looked like an “exquisitely stylish bad lady”? I fear it would be.
Anna Piagi is a genius who deserves your humblest respect. She has done more for the fashion industry than all of us put together. She is not the person serving you in a shop and she is not the Queen of England. She moves in a world where she is able to express herself in her perfectly inimitable way. I find it laughable that anyone compare her to a homeless person IN DIOR. She is what moves us forward.
A human being always deserves your humblest respect. Many people move through through the world in inimitable ways. To some Anna resembles a well dressed homeless person. To some this would insult the homeless. To me her vehicle of expression is wonderfully chaotic. To you I hope you can appreciate this aesthetic sensibility more than a sole fashion icon in designer trappings
I don’t really care what her name is or what she does for a living. Personally, I don’t like it. Or understand it. But before I’m told I “don’t belong on a fashion blog”, let me say this: if she can not only get away with looking like this in public, but earn the open adoration of people on this blog for it, I feel much better about my own fashion choices. She obviously wears whatever she wants, regardless of anyone’s opinion, and that is the inspiration I take from this photo.
Didn’t you expect controversy when you posted this photo? Some people are not going to understand where this fits into the history and spirit of fashion, and a bitchy comment almost seems inevitable.
I always cringe a little when you chastise your commentors – they aren’t children, and trying to enforce a ‘nice comments only’ policy on a site devoted to fashion seems pointless and slightly ridiculous.
You are a great photographer … no need to be the Polite Police, too.
This picture actually made me nostalgic for my Nan; she always stated (for theatrical effect mostly) “Life is a world of colours”. It is easy to visualise Ms. Piaggi pointing her crayola blue walking stick at a hemline and demanding to it be raised an inch.
This is a look that requires more consideration than is always apparent. Only a true visionary could carry this wildly eccentric, flamboyant mix of confections with such moxie, such verve, and such humour.Doesn’t she make you smile? I think she is wonderful.
i just went to a seminar which featured Zandra Rhodes as a guestspeaker. Anna Piaggi here reeminded me of this. i think these icons come alive when they are also viewed in the context of their work and contirubution to the fashion world. if i was that great, i too would walk the streets looking like a loon!
I’ve no idea who Anna Piaggi is. That said, at first glance I thought she looked like a bag lady from San Francisco. Then I went back, and figured out that the coat with fur was the piece that gave me that impression. I like everything except for that coat… to me it looks like a bathrobe. In the end, though, I hope I’m that adventurous and plucky in my later years.