How did your career within the fashion industry get started?
I started from the very bottom. After my graduation in fashion and costume at the “Sapienza” univeristy in Rome, I interned at Fendi working with Karl Lagerfeld’s team. As an intern I had to organize the entire Fendi archive and all of Karl Lagerfeld’s sketches, helping to plan a big fashion exhibition in Tokyo. After this incredible experience I moved to London where I started my career in retail working for one of the best department stores in the world : Selfridges. After years working on the shop floor and dealing with clients and fittings, I understood that styling was my real passion. I started interning at Wonderland Magazine and then after months of hard work I got promoted as a Fashion editor. Working for 3 different publications (Wonderland, Rollacoaster and Man About Town) gave me lot of visibility and helped me to understand how to move into a completely new business.
Who are your style muses?
My style icons are: Marlon Brandon, Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra, Marcello Mastroianni, Elvis, Cary Grant, James Dean.The old generation of artists is the one that inspires me the most. I’m an eternal romantic…I’m Italian!
What trend are you obsessing over these days?
Pastel colors, transparent garments and military style clothing for menswear.
How do you define luxury?
I truly believe that luxury is not defined just by the valuable raw materials or the historical prestige of a brand, but also to the craftsmanship, time and dedication necessary to create the highest quality goods or service. For me luxury is exceptionality, uniqueness, rarity and opulence.Today, where everything is standardized, being able to have an absolutely unique and limited edition garment, hat or skirt is in my opinion the real luxury.
What is the biggest misconception people not working in your field have about your job?
Most people believe that my job is just about attending events, fashion weeks and receiving gifts from press. They think it’s easy to create shoots. They don’t know how much work and sacrifice is behind every single story that I’ve worked so far. Bringing to life something that used to be only in my thoughts is not an everyday thing. Fashion editors are responsible for supervising the overall process of creating, planning, developing, managing and presenting content for fashion magazines.
What has been your favorite career moment to date?
My favorite was shooting Maisie Williams for your publication. I am big fan of Game of Thrones so it was a huge honor for me styling the cover and I used one of my favorite brands for the photo shoot – Moschino.
How would you describe your personal style?
I define my style as mix of different ingredients : sexy, goth and rock’n roll. I love wearing dark clothes, playing with different cuts and garments. Accessories are really important for me too. They further emphasize your personal style, taste, and preferences. They also present endless opportunities for outfits, helping you make the best of each and every item you own.Obviously my personal style is reflected in my work. I love to make the model or talent, who I style, confident and strong.
What is one item in your closet you can’t live without?
Definitely my vintage leather jacket. It’s neither expensive nor branded but I am really fond of it. Every time I wear it I completely change the attitude of my outfit.
What is the best advice you have ever received? And what advice would you like to pass on?
“Be your best at all times”. For all the people who want or are starting to work in the fashion industry my advice is: be humble and work hard. Keep fighting for your dreams. Hard work always pays off.
Who is your favorite designer?