School of rocks

As she di­vests her­self of an en­vi­able cache of jew­ellery, sell­ing it via on­line re­sale bou­tique Ves­ti­aire Col­lec­tive, Anna Dello Russo, the queen of fierce flash, gives her ad­vice on choos­ing.


Iwould not say they are rules, more that I want jew­ellery to have a ‘wow’ ef­fect and sur­prise peo­ple,” says Vogue Ja­pan ed­i­tor at large Anna Dello Russo, doyenne of span­gly clothes and the ac­ces­sories to go with them. The stylist has a pha­lanx of party-ready pieces from a mul­ti­tude of de­sign­ers, yet man­ages to com­mand a dis­tinc­tive look. Now, with an edit of her archive for sale on Ves­ti­aire Col­lec­tive, in­clud­ing vin­tage trea­sures from Chanel, Moschino, Miu Miu and Dolce & Gab­bana, she shares her wis­dom on pick­ing jew­ellery.


“I style my­self like I style a model, be­cause I be­lieve you should put your pas­sion into your­self be­fore trans­lat­ing it for other peo­ple. I also fol­low the rule that if you want to feel com­fort­able, you’ll never get ‘the look’, es­pe­cially speak­ing of party sea­son!”


“I would al­ways go to a party with a gold chain­style neck­lace or a Swarovski one. For ex­am­ple, I do love the Lan­vin gold chain neck­lace with the num­ber one round charms that I’m sell­ing on Ves­ti­aire: it means to me a new chap­ter, a new start and a turn­ing point. Also, it makes you feel like a cham­pion who won a race!”


“I have al­ways been an avid fash­ion col­lec­tor and for more than 30 years have ac­cu­mu­lated an in­cred­i­ble quan­tity of clothes and ac­ces­sories. But dur­ing last year, I re­alised that I was ready to start a new chap­ter in my life with a new en­ergy. I now wear the same out­fit and jew­ellery for dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions. For ex­am­ple, I wore a vin­tage Dolce & Gab­bana Alta Moda dress and jew­ellery to the Am­fAR in São Paulo in 2016, and again at the Green Car­pet Fash­ion Awards at this year’s Mi­lan Fash­ion Week. There is too much waste, so I think about the planet a lot now too, about sus­tain­abil­ity and about ed­u­cat­ing the new gen­er­a­tion.”


“What I have al­ways loved and what I love in jew­ellery right now is its fas­ci­nat­ing power; it has al­ways been a fetish for me. Jew­ellery makes you es­cape from or­di­nary life and also gives you strength in your per­sonal style.”


“I do love ‘too much-ness’ and I would sug­gest wear­ing [jew­ellery] with a state­ment mini-dress.”

Some of the pieces Anna Dello Russo is prun­ing from her jew­ellery col­lec­tion.

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