by Nathalie Azoulai
Why does fashion need eccentricity so badly ? Why did Diana Vreeland, Anna Piaggi, Isabella Blow, Daphne Guiness or Anna dello Russo inspire so many creators, fashion shows and ad campaigns? Neither beautiful nor Jolie Madame styled, they are always outstanding, eclectic, androgynous, ugly. Karl Lagerfeld used to say about his friend Piaggi: "She is not pretty. She's worse than that." What could he mean? That fashion always needs to play against its own temptation and jeopardize statutory beauty. Moreover that it needs eccentric-and powerful- women to put the stress on what it really is before it turns to an attractive and popular trend: an instant of pure creation, boldness, unidentified style, that could be nice or not, a mere probabilty- as if taste had no essential status but an arbitrary tractability .