Her initials say it all – ADR. Anna’s signature seal of approval is “j’AdR,” a play on the French phrase “j’adore,” which means “I love it!” when talking about objects. I can think of few people who have more fun with fashion than Anna Dello Russo. Although she is creative director for Vogue Nippon (Japan), this footloose and fancy free goddess spends her days living the high life in Milan with her dog Cucciolina.
Anna Dello Russo (along with Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld, and Giovanna Battaglia) is responsible for the rise of the fashion magazine editor. The world wasn’t always interested in looking behind the scenes and beyond the celebrities, but Anna Dello Russo’s whimsical and bold style brings her into the spotlight more often than some of today’s top models. Anna is not afraid of color, showing off her legs, or experimenting with prints and textures.
Side note: I actually once got into an argument with a New York cabbie about whose style was better – Anna’s or Giovanna Battaglia’s. As a man, he thought AdR was much too crazy and Giovanna suited him better. I love both women for different reasons, but would argue that Anna’s willingness to take risks is admirable, creative, and keeps things interesting, whether she always hits the mark or not. For me fashion isn’t always about what you can picture yourself wearing or what you’re attracted to, but it is also an art form where colors, shapes, textures, and proportions create a 3D canvas.
- Gold embroidered Rochas suit and Valentino shoes
- Green skirt and Tom Ford cherry shoes at Hermes SS10 fashion show in Paris – photo by yours truly
- Blue lace dress and blue fur
- Red Lanvin dress
- Turquoise sequin dress
- Alan Journo chili headpiece, Altuzarra dress, Gioielli Di Santo Spirito 13 earrings
- J’AdR hat
- Cherry hat
- Rosebud hat
- Crazy textures and green boots
- Pink sequin and feather get-up
- Anna in her dressing room at the Ritz
- Gold fringe jacket
- Anna and Scott Schuman of the Sartorialist
- Yellow fur jacket and Sara Battaglia clutch