The front rows of Milan fashion week have lost it’s staple attendee and become a less colourful experience. Earlier yesterday it was reported that Anna Piaggi had passed away at her home in Milan, Italy at age 81. Not just a recognised and applauded fashion writer for Vogue Italia but a global style icon, the eccentric woman left behind an impressive wardrobe and a permanent mark on the fashion world.

Never caught wearing the same outfits twice, Piaggi always made sure to stand-out in inimitable vintage couture clothing (which she’s credited for introducing to Italy) filled with clashing contrasting colours, patterns, feather and fabrics. A loyal supporter of milliners, a hat would almost always rest upon her head complimenting her faded blue hair.

Born in 1931 and a constant presence on catwalk first rows for decades, Piaggi’s ‘pictoral style reporting’ garnered her much praise and respect from fashion contemporaries and continued to make her relevant till the very end. In 2006 the Victoria and Albert museum held an exhibition in her honour, exhibiting some of her more out there outfits and collection of her editorial work.

We thank Piaggi for always making fashion fun and making each of her public appearances unforgettable.

– Walter Ugarkovic

 

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