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Remembering Anna Piaggi: A Look Back at the Editor's Eccentric Style

Early this morning, fashion icon and Vogue Italia editor Anna Piaggi passed away at the age of 81 in her Milan home. Italian publication La Repubblica broke the news first, prompting an outpouring of loving tweets from some of Piaggi's friends and fashion colleagues. "RIP Anna Piaggi... :((((( ciao grande Anna!!!" wrote Stefano Gabbana, while Piaggi's pal Dita Von Teese tweeted, "So sad to hear that Anna Piaggi, one of my last icons of beauty & fashion has passed. She was the height of glamorous eccentricity. X"

The writer, who got her start at Italian mag Ariadne before going on to contribute to Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair and other publications, was well-known throughout the style community for her wacky, offbeat outfits and head-turning makeup looks. A fan of layering contrasting and clashing textures and prints long before it was considered chic, she was never without one of her signature sculptural hats or colorful canes. Click through for some of our all-time favorite looks this unique trendsetter's worn over the years. Signora Piaggi, you'll be missed.

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We're seriously digging that floral veil. Worn with the baton and top hat, it's very "magician gets married." In the best sense, of course.

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Strolling through Milan last year, Piaggi deftly combined crochet, velvet, florals and feathers—all in the same look. What a boss.

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Life is a cabaret, indeed.

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That colorful pixel-print coat is so very Preen Spring 2012—yet this photo was taken in 2010. So ahead of her time.

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Well, that's a new way to style a Chanel-esque tweed skirt suit.

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Piaggi's style was so renowned, she even earned her own exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum called "Fashion-ology." Here she is at a private viewing of the show, wearing something she could have easily repurposed for this summer's London Olympics.

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Even in a (primarily) black and white ensemble, Piaggi always played the eccentric card. How many canes and/or batons do you think this woman owned?

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Choosing many colors within the same general family for a change, Piaggi combined a lilac straw hat, violet jacket, pink fur wrap and cranberry socks back in 2008. She looks like a really chic grape.

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Unlike the hordes of editors teetering their way around the shows in stilettos, Piaggi knew that the best Fashion Month footwear option was always a pair of sneakers—as long as they made a statement.

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On Wednesdays, she wore pink.

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