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We chatted with fashion’s boldest boss lady Vogue Italia Editor in Chief Franca Sozzani at the Fashion 4 Development luncheon yesterday afternoon. At the lavish Pierre Hotel in Manhattan, Sozzani shared her likes/dislikes on this fashion season, what it really means to be beautiful, and whether or not I should keep holding out for an entirely Asian issue of Vogue Italia.
FI: We have been following your views on eating disorders and the Vogue healthy body initiative (and yes we’ve noticed the skinny slip-ups). The industry is finally seeing real people and plus size models in campaigns. So tell us, what is your inspiration behind your Plus Size Fashion website Vogue Curvy?
Sozzani: I think that every woman has to try to be happy and beautiful. No need to make your body have a complex. I think that to be curvy, means to be sexy. Some women do not understand Curvy because we always give examples of very skinny women, so people say they have to be skinny to be beautiful which is wrong– completely wrong.
What are you loving about fashion this season?
For what we see now? Ahm, what I like? Chu know, I’ve just seen New York, London, Paris, Milano… (gahh this accent is fierce) I like many different kinds of labels. I like when there is creativity, when it is personal, when it is unique.
What do you dislike?
I dislike when people copy each other and don’t do anything new, because this does not improve anything in fashion.
What differences are you seeing between Italian and American fashion?
No country in the world has such a high concentration of famous brands as there is in Italy. The difference with America is that America is much more new with fashion, but at the same time, she is good. Miuccia Prada was here. Now we have Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, it is nice.
You make incredibly bold choices, like your issue dedicated to all black models. We love our black girl culture too, but would you ever make a Vogue Italia “Black Issue” for Asian girls? (I flash my best look at me I’m Asian smile)
Maybe (she laughs)! Why not? I will have to think of it!