Tuesday, August 4, 2009

On the Street…. Anna Piaggi

I know she is a little over dramatic, but every time I see Anna Piaggi she forces me to really consider her mix of patterns, colors and genres – I love that. She is a true, modren Style Icon.


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  1. StreetstyleNews

    August 4, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Yes, a little over dramatic ;-)
    - but so authentic!


  2. Anonymous

    August 4, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Love it! I feel the uniquely European fantastic theatre tradition of jesters , mimes and cirque coming through.

  3. FiL

    August 4, 2009 at 10:50 am

    wow she's just great !!!
    Very nice mix!


  4. JFK Jean

    August 4, 2009 at 10:51 am

    She's on her own plane…and that jacket!! I need one in my life!!

  5. Sabrina

    August 4, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I love her, she is a genius!!
    she is always amazing!what a woman!!!

  6. A. Morgan

    August 4, 2009 at 10:59 am

    She´s special!Do you know?.xx

  7. Oh Dear Charlotte

    August 4, 2009 at 11:12 am

    she is my icon. i wish isabella blow had been able to live to this age and continued her own flair too.

  8. Anik L.

    August 4, 2009 at 11:18 am

    She's just fantastic! Always fun to see what she will wear next!


  9. taryn

    August 4, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I agree she does it in a way no one else could, so unabashed but at the same time honest. She's uber "couture". I could NEVER (nor would I even try) to pull off her look, but it definitely gives some yummy food for thought.

    The jacket is genius.

  10. Fashion4Life

    August 4, 2009 at 11:25 am

    hmm she is a character isnt she? i envy that she can so effortlessly wear such a, well, interesting outfit. ;)


  11. Ashley

    August 4, 2009 at 11:27 am

  12. Bibi in wonderland

    August 4, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Anna is so theatrical, but yet so true.. A real guru.

  13. american dream

    August 4, 2009 at 11:38 am

    oh myyy

  14. Therese

    August 4, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Lovely! Very dramatic. H&M actually has a jacket very similar to that one out now. At least in Stockholm.

  15. CommarrahJewelia

    August 4, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Price tag and patterns aside, I really think that you can only look good in something you believe you look good in. This woman knows she looks good and her face says it all; "Go ahead. Try and tell me I don't look fantastic. See what happens."

  16. Titus

    August 4, 2009 at 11:54 am


  17. Anonymous

    August 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Chanel jacket… I could die for it!!!

  18. Bette V.

    August 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    She dares to be herself, which I think is amazing. Her style is beyond Avantgarde.


  19. Emma Howard

    August 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    She may not be young in body but her outlook on life is fresh.

  20. Antonio Barros

    August 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    She is much more than that!
    Anna Piaggi is also a lovely and kind lady!

  21. Dream Sequins

    August 4, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Rocking a handful of trends in ONE outfit. I need to try this!

  22. Helenissima

    August 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Yes! But the Jacket rules! I couldn't have gone without making a copy for my 'military jacket' themed blog – "Armed Beauty" (www.armedbeauty.blogspot.com). Thank you, SARTORIALIST!!!

  23. Couture Millinery Atelier.

    August 4, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    She is so eclectic and so very theatrical! I adore her hats!:-)))

  24. The Glamorous Housewife

    August 4, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Seeing her makes me miss Isabella Blow all the more.

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

  25. Brian

    August 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Great look if you want to be mistaken for the bookkeeper at Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium on her lunch break…

  26. MsSvelteNY

    August 4, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    I've always loved this woman, I feel so stylistically repressed every time I see her. sigh.

  27. Jess

    August 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Oh Dear Charlotte, I was thinking the same thing… this woman made me wish we could've seen a lifetime more of Issy Blow!

  28. Karolina

    August 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    WHat does she do?


  29. AnonymousJK

    August 4, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    She truly is the Mad Hatter! OTT for sure, but that's Anna1

  30. soobie

    August 4, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Love Anna Piaggi's eclectic and inspiring style! Her retrospective in London at V&A was amazing


  31. Kimberley

    August 4, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I just adore Anna

  32. Jeannie

    August 4, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    She looks like she could be a character from one of Hayao Miyazaki's cartoons. Very interesting look!

  33. Anonymous

    August 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    aww, she's such an extravaganza i ADORE her. i don't think she's dramatic, i actually believe she's one of the last people in the fashion industry to be wearing what they love wearing and have their own little history of style! i've seen her at the chanel boutique she was stunning such an amazing icon and beautiful creature. continue inspiring us anna!

  34. martis

    August 4, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Wow, she put together everything what's possible: Westwood, Galliano and Dior and stuf… really special…

  35. miss sophie

    August 4, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    i love her turqoise and gold-tipped cane! and the admiral jacket is pretty awesome – only she could rock this look and pull it off :)

  36. Sonja Blackham

    August 4, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    I can only hope to be so creative and free at her age!

  37. Fannah

    August 4, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    she wears it well. on anybody else it would be weird, but on her it's just.. natural :)

  38. Macy

    August 4, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    The blue walking stick is ace. Can we have a series of Icons Over 50 please?

  39. Martin

    August 4, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Dude, she's a circus clown. But I love it.

  40. JouJou Loves You

    August 4, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I don't find her dramatic…I consider her to be a true artist. Most people wouldn't even have the guts or know how to put something like this together…let alone actually wear it. True art is when we create things others cannot…or would not.

  41. holly

    August 4, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Talk about someone that embraces her own unique style sense…You've got to love it…it makes me happy

  42. Anonymous

    August 4, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Interesting and eccentric, yes. But the work that went into putting together this assemblage is blatantly evident–and that, in turn, exhibits a lack of a certain je nais sais qua.
    The tilt of the hat is wonderfully amusing, though–as is the bright cupid's bow mouth.

  43. michaeljosephowens

    August 4, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Anna's nothing but perfect, from the top of her hat the soles of her shoes!

  44. Phoebe Rose

    August 4, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    She's just so damn cool.


  45. Nataliexxx

    August 4, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    She reminds me of a theatre and/or drama teacher/lecturer. As a student for so many years I've come to realise that teachers of the arts are always the most sartorial.

  46. lizelle

    August 4, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I am reminded of Vivienne Westwood. Sharp & bold.

  47. elen houin

    August 4, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    i can't wait for roisin murphy to age a few decades

  48. josh

    August 4, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    true artist

  49. Rowdy and Chic...

    August 4, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    It may be dramatic, but you cannot deny that the jacket is tres chic, n'est-ce pas?

  50. Anonymous

    August 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Dear God!
    There's something about this that reminds of a Cockney King or Queen.

  51. Anonymous

    August 4, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    La Piaggi…does it get any better? I think not.

  52. Anonymous

    August 4, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    AMAZING. what a dame

  53. betsy and iya

    August 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    oh my good god, I love this. texture. confidence. fun, blatant shameless fun.

  54. ThoughtsoftheSoulFuel

    August 4, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I Love it, she dne well

  55. Style Scanner

    August 4, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    In the words of Rachel Zoe: "Bananas but I die"…

  56. Sara Lua

    August 4, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    I love Anna Piaggi – fearless & artistic. She wears characters, esp love her French & Italian Poiret looks.

  57. Brigadeiro

    August 4, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Unbelievable! She's truly one of a kind! :)

  58. hi-d

    August 4, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    More power to her! :)

  59. Duchesse

    August 4, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    When I see her, I do not enjoy her appearance. Am I the only person on the planet who thinks this? At the same time, I applaud Anna Piaggi (and all others) for wearing what makes them feel wonderful and alive.

  60. Berry

    August 4, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Whoa! This woman is so out of control! But its quite the fun look! =P

  61. Katie

    August 4, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    over the top never looked so damn good.

  62. hc

    August 4, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Camp without the campiness. Great.

  63. Beata

    August 4, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    what a legend!

  64. LotusDoll

    August 4, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Lovely. She looks like Miss Haversham from the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations, who didn't sit around waiting in her wedding dress, but got out and about the city looking fab.

  65. Maggie

    August 4, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    she's magnificent. thank you.

  66. Anonymous

    August 4, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Confidence… you can wear anything, no matter what if you have confidence. This is what she has & portrays without any question.

  67. Naka and Raj

    August 4, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I want this photo on my wall.

  68. Elegant Unique

    August 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    she is perfect in every way – every time.

  69. Rob

    August 5, 2009 at 1:18 am

    so pretty – love to u anna x

  70. Emilie

    August 5, 2009 at 3:25 am

    She is a style icon!!!!

  71. Nick Leonard

    August 5, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Wow, I can't believe you caught her. So gorgeous.

  72. *~Yvonne~*

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 am

    She does this well! Polka and military is so darn cool!

  73. flowerpots

    August 5, 2009 at 5:12 am

    cat call

  74. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 5:58 am

    Yeah, there's a bit of Anna Piaggi in all of us. There's also a bit of that stare in all of us which down in the streets could frighten the horses.


  75. alloamora

    August 5, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Seperate each piece anyone can wear, but all put together only someone of unshakable confidence and artistic flare could wear these clothes and maintain the air of an aristocrat. Well done dear.

  76. F.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:01 am

    She's a character.

  77. lintmag

    August 5, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I would just kill to see her closet – Anna Piaggi is always superb.

  78. Crystal

    August 5, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    I love that her outfits are never something that you quickly glance at; they deserve a nice long stare to truly appreciate the thought that goes into putting them together.

  79. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    she's a "vintage" version of betsy johnson (or perhaps boy george?? :)

  80. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    The circus is in town. Awe hell, she is happy. Maybe we can learn something?

  81. vodkachicken

    August 5, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    All older women should dress like her.

  82. Erin

    August 5, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    there is no such thing as over dramatic. I hope I have this much sass when I'm that old.

  83. Erin

    August 5, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    and ps. absolutely YES to whoever said she looks like a miyazaki character! a very old spirit of questionable morals…

  84. Scott W

    August 5, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    FAB-U-LOUS! Wow!

  85. Yoli

    August 5, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    This is a joke right? Cirque De Soile is calling her. I am sure she is a lovely lady and a daring one but I would be concerned if my grandmother went out of the house like that, I would have to consider the medication she is taking.

  86. Anna

    August 6, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Nice to know she recycles her hats– I took this one of her 2 years ago in Paris:


  87. Anonymous

    August 6, 2009 at 2:17 am

    jamais ce trop pour une vrai icon…!

  88. primary colours

    August 6, 2009 at 6:04 am

    It's a bit too Cirque Du Soleil cast-member for my liking, but without a doubt evokes a smile!


  89. Anonymous

    August 6, 2009 at 6:46 am

    I'm imagine her with LADUREE macaroons :)


  90. Anonymous

    August 6, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Someone stole my polkadots!

  91. Jade

    August 6, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    love the jacket
    heart her!

  92. Joanne

    August 6, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Love the jacket and polka dots! :)

  93. Dr.Kraft

    August 6, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    she is amazing
    one style icon
    alan nei

  94. Cultivated Ah Lian

    August 7, 2009 at 12:15 am

    exactly! wat u said……….

  95. travelbug

    August 7, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    A Sartolialist pic to be remembered.

  96. Barbara

    August 7, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I totally agree with ohdearcharlotte – this is Isabella Blow if she had lived to this age. Far too over the top for me – she just looks ridiculous. She's not chic and her makeup is horrific. But she's daring, and is obviously confident in her eccentricity, so full marks for that.

  97. anna

    August 7, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    it's so great to see someone who dresses for themselves- she obviously has fun with style and doesn't care what people think. and the hat and makeup are fantastic!

  98. Anonymous

    August 7, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    it's a costume for a role she plays. but it isn't clothing.

  99. Anonymous

    August 7, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    um, WHERE can i find a hat like that ?

  100. Lucy in the Sky

    August 7, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I remember seeing her on the 20/20 segment with Anna Wintour. it was kind of sad, the interviewer mocked those who dressed as you said "over-dramatic" but hello, it's fashion. she doesn't look pretentious and overdone which can't be said for many people nowadays.

  101. Aristotle

    August 7, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    there is only one anna piaggi

  102. Anonymous

    August 7, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    someone forgot her meds again

  103. Katy

    August 8, 2009 at 12:08 am

    She is perfect because she is true to herself, much as Edith Sitwell was. I do love me an eccentric dame.

  104. Beth

    August 8, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Love love love that hat!
    And the mix of the polka dots and the leopard print bag etc is wonderful.

  105. Rafe Totengco

    August 8, 2009 at 9:25 am

    J'adore her! Talk about "individual stye"! she is fearless. she's my fairy godmother…seriously!

  106. Rollergirl

    August 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    She really is phenomenal. I love how this is her look and it stays with her. No-one else can emulate this.

  107. Üdo Ümami

    August 9, 2009 at 10:43 am




    XoXOxo <3 Üdo

  108. Anonymous

    August 10, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    love this anna piaggi is a true icon


  109. dennis

    August 12, 2009 at 4:28 am


  110. Anonymous

    August 12, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    It's the emperor's new clothes all over again.

  111. Anonymous

    August 13, 2009 at 2:50 am

    She is such a popular photo op in the fashion world…but does this woman ever look like she's enjoying the attention she obviously takes such pains to attract? She always looks like she's never having any fun! Her face is always so dour. Whenever I see her I wonder: "What is this woman actually about, anyway?!"

  112. Ljerka-Susanna-Lukic

    August 19, 2009 at 3:53 pm


  113. PIETMAN

    September 3, 2009 at 4:38 am


  114. Agent22

    September 20, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Fantastic to see Anna being Anna.
    Memories of a great dinner with her and Vern Lambert in Verns basement apartment in Milan. Both beautiful friendly souls, Anna wearing a Jenny Kee ensemble to make us feel at home (Aussies). The most amazing collection of fashion I had ever seen covered the walls, floors, beds throughout the apartment – incredible.
    RIP Vern.
    Paul – Adelaide

  115. Jules, London

    October 29, 2009 at 9:03 am

    I think her best style trait is the fact that she's unafraid to be herself. Her look is very studied and shows care for her personality and personal expression. I admire her for wearing herself on her sleeve as it were.

  116. Eva

    August 8, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Rest in peace. You will be missed.

  117. hotel-mariacarla

    August 8, 2013 at 12:48 am


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