When Fashion Detective interviewed Anna Dello Russo

After my mammoth post on London Fashion Week, I think I’ll keep it light today if that’s OK with you?

Although when I say light, that doesn’t really do my subject matter justice. Occasionally, my day job leads me to very interesting places and people, and thanks to a project I’ve been working on with The Guardian and Peroni, all about Italian style, I’ve had some pretty impressive encounters.

I got to write profile pieces on Missoni and Antonio Beradi, I met the awesome bloggers Susie Lau (aka Susie Bubble), Navaz Batliwalla (aka Disneyrollergirl) and Emily Johnston (aka Fashion Foie Gras) along with the designers they collaborated with for Peroni’s “Collaborazioni” project.

But probably the highlight was interviewing the inimitable Anna Dello Russo who spoke to me from Milan and was as passionate and eccentric as you’d expect – but as warm, self-deprecating and funny as you wouldn’t.

As well as having a real admiration for Anna’s “straight from the catwalk to the street” fashion attitude, I also love a woman whose ambition and working attitude is not shaped, curtailed or intimidated by age and cultural change. She’s a legend and, while I might not agree with every one of her sartorial choices, if I’m even a fraction as brave and bold as she is in 10 years or so, I will be well happy.

Not sure about that hat – but that’s why we love her! (Venturelli/Getty Images for Louis Vuitton)

Lead image: Anna Dello Russo at the Fashion for Relief Japan Appeal Red Carpet hosted by Lancia, May 2011 (Image.net).

Written by Johanna Payton