Contributor Corner: Anna Cipollone

How did you dress in high school?
Most of grade nine was dominated by high-waisted Parasuco jeans, lots of belly tops, an extensive collection of skate shoes, and some solid Value Village items.

Who would you rather be trapped in a broken elevator with: Karl Lagerfeld, Tyra Banks, or Lady Gaga?
Karl Lagerfeld would probably be the most annoying in person. Tyra might have a momentary diva episode but I sense we could work through it together. Really I wouldn’t want to be stuck in a broken elevator period.

If you could dress like your favourite food what would it be?
A delicious gourmet cookie and an iced soy latte—which could translate to fashion very well considering I’m big on brown.

Last fashion related book or article you read. Was it good or bad?
I just read an article on cinema/style icon Anna Karina in issue 30 of RUSSH magazine. It was short but sweet, with some charming vintage black and white stills.

What fashion blog do you think is underrated?
I’m not sure how underrated it is, but my friend Nikole’s blog, forty-sixth at grace, is an inspiring dose of photography, style, pastries, and poetry all rolled into one.

What fictional character has the best style?
Betty Draper–the poster girl for 1960s fashion.

What do you think about the relationship between fashion and conspicuous consumption?
To me, conspicuous consumption is just like any kind of fashion that’s gone over the top–it’s no longer stylish. When the only striking thing about someone’s look is an overwhelming amount of designer labels, there’s no personality. Fashion needs to be about the individual in order to go beyond a capitalist impulse.

What movie’s costumes/clothes were better than their plot?
Marie Antoinette. The film’s plot strays too far from historical accuracy, but visually the costumes and cinematography are stunning.

What are your thoughts about this quote? “On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson (3rd American President)
Not the best advice in my opinion. Style is really a composite of an individual’s character: their interests, inspirations, and admirations, along with trends plucked from the masses. Style is about taking risks and not just following the crowd. The latter part of the quotation is pretty solid though; nobody likes a hypocrite.

Finish this sentence: There are two kinds of people in this world….
The selfish and the selfless.

4 thoughts on “Contributor Corner: Anna Cipollone

  1. I wonder what kind of perfume she wears? Because I feel like it’s almost a give that she’d wear too much. I think Lagerfeld is probably secretly hilarious. Though I bet he’d wear too much cologne, too.

    You’re right – getting stuck in any elevator is a no-win situation.

    And you’re right about Betty Draper, too. She’s an interesting character, fashionwise, because she’s both hyperstylish and socially conservative. It something sort of rare, I think – certainly for the suburban middle class, which is what she would have been then, no?

  2. I love Anna Karina! I attempted her haircut, didn’t work out as planned. PLUS Nikole’s blog is awesome! Beautiful images. Bookmarked.

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