Anna Dello Russo counts many designers as friends, but she seems to have a particularly close bond with Pucci's creative/artistic director, Peter Dundas. In a love-fest-y interview with both Dundas and Dello Russo in the Financial Times we learn quite a bit about their relationship, the number of shoes ADR owns, and why she wears Abercrombie & Fitch track suits.
Here are the highlights of the "conversation" the two had: On Dundas being ADR's boy toy "walker":
"Yes, you are my official walker. You like to party and I like to be accompanied by a handsome gentleman. This kind of friendship is long-lasting, like the ones with best friends from primary school."
On ADR's shoe collection and her clothes storage system:
"When I moved house 10 years ago, I had 4,000 pairs of shoes. I had to buy a bigger home to store all the clothes because I need closets, not kitchens, and many are now in my house in Bari [in the southern Puglia region]. I’m super tidy so every item is catalogued, stored in garment bags with tissue paper, perfumed and on hangers that are all the same."
On vintage fashion:
"But I’m not a vintage fan – I don’t like the smell of old clothes."
On her aversion to bags:
"I’m also not a fan of bags, because anything that is practical isn’t handsome; if anything I like clutches."
On wearing Amercrombie & Fitch (!):
"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." [Ed. note: What does that even mean?]
On how she's like a czarina:
"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. I love to surround myself with beautiful things."
Czarina Anna, we curtsey in your general direction.