Anna Dello Russo talks owning 4000 pairs of shoes, getting bitten by the maximalist bug, and the sale of her archives on Vestiaire Collective
Own a piece of street style history
For the fourth instalment of its Archive Series, Vestiaire Collective has pulled off quite the coup: Anna Dello Russo, the street style icon whose wardrobe everyone wishes they were ballsy enough to pull off. Thirty-eight pieces from the Vogue Japan editor-at-large's enviable collection will be available to purchase. Ahead of the sale, we spoke to Dello Russo about the power self-expression, compulsive shopping and her favourite accessories.
Do you remember your first luxury purchase/gift?
One of the first gifts I ever asked my father for was a Rolex. I was 11 years old. As a kid, I used to stop in front of jewellery store windows and daydream about wearing those pieces; I can definitely say I have realized one of my childhood dreams!
What has been your most sentimental possession?
I haven't got one. I've just changed and felt burdened by owning that amount of items, and want these pieces to go where they will be cherished.
What fashion trends do you love now?
There isn't anything I'm obsessed with right now, although I used to be obsessed with shoes. At one point, I owned more than 4,000 pairs! But I'm a changed woman — no more compulsive purchases. Instead of shopping, these days I meditate. Fashion is all about reusing and remaking now, and the younger generation will usher us into this next chapter in fashion.
Has your decades-long career in fashion changed the way you look at clothes?
I have always been an avid fashion collector, and over more than 30 years I have accumulated an incredible quantity of clothing and accessories. But over the last few years, I come to realise the need for change. I now wear the same outfit and jewelry on multiple occasions: for example, for this year's Green Carpet Fashion Awards I wore the same Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda outfit that I did for an amfAR gala in 2016.
You're known for your appetite for bold clothing. Have you always preferred to make a statement with fashion? How did your taste evolve — and settle, if it has?
Life itself is evolution. At the beginning of my career my style was minimal and rigorous, but then it became flashy and extravagant. What's great about fashion is its cyclical nature, the constant change and the fact that no one knows where we're going. Maybe one day I will become minimalist again!
Your style is instantly recognisable. What advice do you have for people who are looking to cultivate a look of their own?
I style myself as I would style a model, because I believe you should put your passion on yourself, before translating it to other people. Other good rules to follow: if you want to feel comfortable, you'll never get "The Look", and women should not be afraid of wearing what they like.
Why break up your archive by selling it?
I believe unworn pieces are like inert objects. I'd like for the things I've used passionately to be used and enjoyed by other people. There is too much waste in the fashion industry, and I've grown more aware of sustainability and the dangers of over-consumption. I want the next generation to know that things aren't and shouldn't be disposable.
Tell me about the pieces you're selling on Vestiaire Collective. How did you select them? How did you decide which items should get a second life?
The instinct to hand these pieces on to the next generation was a powerful influence during the decision-making process. I just went with things that I loved and which I knew that people would love, too.
Do you have a favourite piece?
My favorite piece would have to be the Lanvin "No. 1" necklace. It represented a new chapter, a new start and a turning point... It also made me feel like a champion who'd won a race!
Browse our favourite pieces from the lot below:
Vestiaire Collective's Archive Series: Anna Dello Russo will be on sale from November 15 on vestiairecollective.com.