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Anna Dello Russo, Vogue Japan's editor-at-large and verbal gymnast of international celebrity, recently sat down for a chat with Peter Dundas, creative and artistic director at Emilio Pucci, for the Financial Times. We learned, among other things, that she is his "good fairy" and he is her "personal walker," and when they weren't sharing their nicknames and mutual respect, they were talking personal style and contemporary fashion currents. After the jump, we have the top seven things we learned about ADR from their discussion. Not that Dundas doesn't have great things to say as well, but ADR tends to outshine every conversational partner no matter who it is.
· She's totally into Peter Dundas' looks, 'tude: "When I first saw you, I thought, 'who is that handsome guy who looks like an actor? Although you came from France you didn’t, and still don’t, have an attitude. You’re quite Zen, and shy, in my view the typical Norwegian: candid, naif, pure."
· She considers herself the "guardian of fashion": "I like to consider myself the guardian of fashion."
· She's against vintage, practicality, comfort: "But I’m not a vintage fan – I don’t like the smell of old clothes. I’m also not a fan of bags, because anything that is practical isn’t handsome; if anything I like clutches. Pyjamas and tracksuits are sloppy so I only wear Abercrombie & Fitch tracksuits to go to my yoga class. If you dress comfortably, you don’t get the look."
· But she's not against taking clothes from her mother and mother's friends' closets: "Even as a teenager I loathed jeans and hoodies so I would ransack my mother’s closet, and the closets of my mother’s friends. On Sunday morning, they would open their closets to find they were missing a blouse or had a mismatched suit, and they would groan, 'Oh, that’s Anna.'"
· She believes Italian ready-to-wear reaches new heights thanks to affordable fashion: "In part, I think it’s a reaction to an increasingly high level but affordable mass market. Today ready-to-wear offers real one-of-a-kind pieces, infused with top artisanal workmanship, details and fashion codes that are totally glamorous and very evening wear. The past 10 years were very hedonistic for fashion, what with young jet-setters back on the fashion scene."
· She surrounds herself with beautiful things: "I love opulence, gold, richness. I will always say that I was born in Versailles and will die at the Hermitage. When I visited St Petersburg, I really felt at home like a czarina, attracted to the gold gilded columns that are everywhere. My father often compares me to Anastasia or to Tutankhamen."
· She says fashion ain't ending any time soon: "Fashion is a muse just like theatre, art, music, literature; it’s a mirror, a sign of the times. It’s timeless, like music – even during the war, you couldn’t stop people from singing. You can view it as a discipline, as frivolous, as costume, but it will never end."
· ‘Fashion Is A Muse-It Will Never End’:Peter Dundas And Anna Dello Russo Discuss [Financial Times]
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