Colourful fashion muse Anna Piaggi dies at 81
Fashion journalist Anna Piaggi, who provided inspiration for designer Karl Lagerfeld and was celebrated for her own eccentric style, died yesterday. She was 81.
'Vogue Italia' said on its website that she died in Milan. No cause of death was given.
For years, Ms Piaggi's vibrant dress sense -- including funky hats and theatrical makeup -- made her stand out at Milan and Paris runway shows.
Ms Piaggi started her career as a translator for Mondadori publishing company, and went on to write for, among others, 'Vogue Italia'. She provided inspiration for Lagerfeld, who published a sketchbook of her creations and once wrote: "Anna invents fashion."
Master milliner Stephen Jones paid tribute to Ms Piaggi, saying she had served as his "guiding light and an inspiration" and praising her for her "effervescence and inventiveness".