The death of Vogue Italia's Franca Sozzani sent shockwaves through the fashion industry, as many of her colleagues were not even aware that the iconic editor-in-chief was ill. Tributes flowed in from across the globe, praising everything from Sozzani's boundary-pushing work in fashion to her many humanitarian efforts.
Fellow EIC Amy Astley now joins the outpouring of love for Sozzani, showcasing her Parisian pied-a-terre in a new feature for Architectural Digest, highlighting Sozzani's passion for art and design. The shoot and accompanying interview were completed before her untimely passing, intended for the March issue of the magazine. "We included Franca's Paris townhouse in this, our Star Power issue, because she embodied the word star — she was magnetic, powerful, luminous, rare," says Astley in her Editor's Letter. "Franca's beloved son, Francesco Carrozzini, who this past fall debuted his touching documentary 'Franca: Chaos and Creation,' with his mother at his side on the international red carpets, encouraged us to publish the home as a tribute to her great passion for architecture and design."
The property was the last Sozzani acquired — a 19th-century townhouse that required a great deal of work, as it was divided into three separate apartments. She partnered with architect and friend Massimiliano Locatelli to turn it into a bright, airy space; Locatelli says that Sozzani was so involved that she even did the lighting and electricity plans. "She knew exactly where she wanted each light, outlet and switch," he says. "No detail escaped her vision."
It is rare to get an inside glimpse of a world like Sozzani's; thankfully, Carrozzini gave his blessing for this tribute to another side of his mother, one where she was more excited about collecting art than shoes. It is more clear than ever that Sozzani lived a rewarding life filled with beauty.
The full feature is available to view at Architectural Digest.
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