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Wearing the same Fausto Puglisi dress we saw on her during Paris HC week,but this time in a different color


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You know what’s the only thing better than listening to Anna Dello Russo speak? Listening to Anna Dello Russo speak in person. Which is why we got giddy when the opportunity to interview our favorite fashion alien fell conveniently between Fashion Week appointments and into our laps.


Dello Russo, in case you hadn’t heard, is Macy’s INC first Editor at Large, which more or less involved styling the private label brand’s fall campaign and giving style tips to Macy’s customers — you can see behind the scenes videos of her doing just that here. Herein, the stylist and fashion editor talks about everything from her work with Macy’s to her desire to exhibit her massive collection of clothes — and she address that whole ugly “You were trying to make Crystal Renn look Japanese by taping her eyes!” story.

What did you want to accomplish working with Macy’s?

The idea of doing this collaboration was keeping this quality high, like all my life and my relationship with the magazines. And then I was thinking, yes we can do that, but it has to be done with the same quality as that one. That’s the secret. The camaign reflected this way, fun, color, not be serious, but be strong, as fashion is.

You’ve been working with the world’s best designers for your entire career. Was it more difficult to style a campaign with clothes from a mass market brand?

It was not that difficult because the approach was similar. Always we invent a world, we invent a story about fashion, about the clothes. What I say always about fashion is that it’s not the clothes. It’s all the world, and the clothes carry it. I was important to keep my team. Because if you work with your team generally, you a;lready know how you can buld the situation. That was really important. To keep a high team, high level, high quality.
Was this collaboration a way for you to see what it would be like to design your own collection?

I always say, so far no. I respect designer’s work. It’s a long long concept. They take six months to do a good collection. It’s a full time job. I don’t like to design clothes, roughly. If I ever design a collection, it will be properly. It will be a proper job. So far this hasn’t happened.

Do you have any plans to show your own large archive of clothing?

I love that. Because it’s a big collection, mine, and I would love to do an exhibition of that. Because it’s all about pret-a-porter. I started collecting clothes this was the middle of the seventies. Then I have 25 years of pret-a-porter … If a big American instittuion wants to do it, just call me.

Do you think more traditional journalists will start working with brands like Macy’s in the future?

When something happens, it’s not by chance. It’s now. It’s in the hair, it’s society. For example, Carine [Roitfeld] doing this big collaboration with Barneys. We see Vanessa Traina with Maje. Margherita Missoni and Target, for example. All this season, you believe it or not, all now, it’s just an example of a different kind of communication. There will be more and more. Now of course it will open a door. It’s a new thing.

Fashion week starts tomorrow. What are your rules for getting through the week?

The rules for the fashion week is: Full of energy. Don’t complain. I hate the people who say, “Oh, I’m tired, we have a hundred shows to see.” … We are a miracle. I mean, we are so spoiled, we are so privileged. To see it is like a jump on Disneyland. We’re going to see all the new stuff! And that’s a privilege. Because so many people worked for six months to create this new show, this new spectacle, this new lot of fashion. Then we have to be really proud of being a part of this process. Not complain, full of engergy. Dress up yourself, because it’s a big fashion show. Fashion has to be like that. Everyone is part of this process. A little example can be very contagious. Everyone is part of this miracle. We see a lot of new things. Between the fashion, after the fashion, outside the fashion, you will get a lot of inspiration. You know what I mean?

You credit the blogosphere with your newfound fame. What blogs do you read everyday?

I have blogroll in my blog. I have a long list of blogs. But everyday I go to Style.com. In the morning I open it. That’s like my fashion news, every day. But I see many blogs, like Sartorialist, Garance, Jak and Jill, Vogue.it, Grazia UK. I love Grazia UK. All friend of mine. Then, who else I see. Street Fashion, also is a friend of mine. Bryan Boy, every day. Tavi. Because if you want do blog, you have to see what’s going on. You have to keep in contact with them. You cannot be outside. It’s part of a connection.
Speaking of connections, you’ve worked for publications all over the world. How many languages do you speak?

English, not well. No, because when I see the video, I thought, “My English is terrible!” Because my pronunciation is terrible! But I speak any language bad, because it’s OK. Italians doesn’t speak so well the language. Japanese speak many languages. Karolina Kurkova (who stars in the Macy’s INC campaign), she’s five languages correctly. All the people from the east. Italians … no. But I don’t care. I invent it. I speak what I speak. It try to make contact with people. That’s what’s important.
Male, let’s say, not bad — English, French, Italian. Not that bad. But not many.

Finally, some people accused you of trying to make Crystal Renn look Asian for an upcoming spread in Vogue Nippon. Is that what you were trying to do when you taped her eyes?

It was not to make her look Asian. That’s a typical beauty trick to make a cinematographic eye. I learned this from a makeup artist from Hollywood movie stars. He used this when he did something in a movie, to make a little bit of a kind of cinematographic eyes. SO many people asked me, “Why you don’t use Japanese?” I don’t want to use Japanese. She was looking like … like Sophia Loren. You know when you put eyeliner, eyelash. And she loved that.
Behind the scenes, you always want to create some dialiectic in your fashion. That’s why I put the behind the scenes what make people talking. But sometimes people talk about something crazy, just to make a little heavy. I don’t pretend to transform a European girl into a Japanese girl. This was just a beauty tips.

And there you have it. Just a beauty tips. If you’re in New York for Fashion’s Night Out, you might be able to snag a glimpse of Dello Russo at Macy’s Herald Square flagship store tomorrow night.
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Anna Dello Russo On Her Collaboration With Macy’s, Why Web is More Relevant than Print and Confirms Marc Jacobs at Dior

Yesterday the Anna Dello Russo was on hand in New York to talk about her latest role as “guest editor at large” for Macy’s INC line. Though the Vogue Japan editor and OG street style star is known for wearing head-to-toe runway looks, styling for Macy’s wasn’t as much of a stretch as you’d think.

“Having followed Anna and her past and her present and the huge following that she has in both the fashion community as well as the millennial customer, we thought she would bring just a tremendous amount of creativity and experience and a creative voice to our campaign,” said Nancy Slavin, SVP of Marketing at MMG. We’d have to agree. In her role as “editor at large” she styled the campaign (lots of yellow and gold) using her deep fashion connections to snag supermodel Karolina Kurkova (and herself) and photographer Inez van Lamsweerde. Well played, Macy’s.

We sat down with ADR, who looked stunning as ever in a tight ruched black INC mini (note to self: do some yoga), to talk about her work with Macy’s, her appeal to the “younger generation,” why fashion is too serious, and finally, Marc Jacobs at Dior.

Fashionista: Why did you say yes to this project with Macy’s?

Anna Dello Russo: I was looking for a new way to express myself and an escape for the magazine–that’s what I did my whole life. It refreshes your point of view. It’s kind of like having a baby. This is my new baby.

You’re known for wearing couture–how did you approach a line like INC that’s mass? Was it a challenge?

The way I dress, in couture, it’s less relevant. To me, it’s about my attitude on fashion–which is fun and high energy. I have a democratic approach to fashion. So this was my approach to INC.

It was a great challenge for me to see if I could build my story around INC’s fall collection. I put the story together with energy–I think that’s why the new generation likes me. What I’m doing is fun. It’s contagious. Don’t be so serious about what you are, what you’re not, no, just do it. I use fashion as a smell as a flavor and then go color your world with it. That’s my philosophy. And it works.

You mentioned your connection with the younger generation–tell me more about that.

I’m one of the editors that has also turned blogger. I’ve been part of the web evolution, connecting people to the younger generation on the web. And because I’m photographed all the time on blogs and with bloggers I became a reference to the new generation. It’s good because it’s changed the rules in fashion. It’s not just about newspapers anymore. The web is really more relevant.

Do you think people take fashion too seriously?

Sometimes, yes. Too serious, too stiff. We cannot do this we cannot do that. I don’t know. We have to be feminine, we have to be always young and full of energy–that’s my mantra.

Where do you find all that energy?

From fashion, and I give it back to fashion. I find my energy from yoga–I practice yoga every day and I swim every day. And I love life. Fashion for me is the way to project all this energy and play with your personality.

What are you looking forward to this week in New York? Which designers stand out to you?

Fashion is a creativity tsunami. Alex Wang–the young generation loves him like we used to love Helmut Lang. He has the power. This little kid is the one. And you see Marc Jacobs has had this brilliant career and now he’s going to Dior. He’s one of the five designers of the century.
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Whoops hope she doesn't get told off for letting the cat out of the bag. Bernard might have a tanty.

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I can't believe it's god damn official. I am close to getting a knife and stab myself to death. Jacobs and LV was a match made in heaven. And Anna looks happy about the changes. So sad.

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But I speak any language bad, because it’s OK. Italians doesn’t speak so well the language. Japanese speak many languages.
What languages other than Japanese do the Japanese speak? It's a homogenous island nation! Ugh, this interview just solidified my inkling that she knows nothing nor cares about knowing anything about the country of the Vogue she "edits".


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I noticed she's mentioned in the "attention whores" thread. I go back and forth about that. I think she's very flamboyant, but I think fashion is SUPPOSED to be that. As well as edgy, risk-taking, unconventional.

Certainly, I don't expect everyone within the fashion industry to dress loudly, but I think when you have access to lux brands, and to haute couture, you should let your imagination go and treat clothing and style as an art (which it is). I think Anna does that. (And she owns her hot mess moments. She looks awful, but at least she has fun with it.)

While I do have problems with Anna (as mishahoi rightly pointed out, she doesn't seem to care about her Asian consumers or their culture), I do think she is genuine when she says she cares about making fashion understandable/accessible to the regular person.

 
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