I used to be a big fan of Anna Dello Russo. When she first emerged on the street style blog scene, her fearless "I love fashion and I don't care who knows it" personal style was a welcome change from the typical blasé fashion set. Her enthusiasm for fashion struck me as genuine and her outfits seemed an accurate reflection of that enthusiasm. Even when decked out in head-to-toe runway looks, she seemed to be expressing a point of view. I could respect that.
Lately however, I find myself looking at Ms. Dello Russo in a different light. Perhaps its the launch of her perfume or, the constant stream of self-promotional tweets or, the collection of cheap costume jewellery she purportedly "designed" but her parade of traffic-stopping outfits now appear more contrived than refreshing. It all coalesced for me about the time she started wearing an assortment of fruit on her head. This season, it's a plastic doll.
Nowadays, her attire seems to be less about expressing her deep love of fashion and more about an insatiable need for attention. Moreover, I can't tell if this is how she really was all along or whether she has been transformed by the attention. Is this really who she is or is she merely conforming to some kind of public personna created by the countless blogs who chronicle her every outfit? I can't tell for sure but her antics strike me as a bit sad. I miss the old Anna.
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