The Heroine’s Journey of Anna Lardi

What is the best thing that I love about my work?I love the way a garment comes to life. Something that was only in my head becomes something tangible. And I love when what I create is also pleasing to others. I love understanding and being understood.
What is my idea of happiness?My idea of happiness is to always stay on the move. Change places, discover what I didn’t know before. I think I’ll be happy as long as I keep satiating my hunger for knowledge.
What is my greatest fear?My biggest fear is being forgotten.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?The trait that I most deplore in myself is that I am a procrastinator. When I have a job to do, most of the time, I find inspiration after too long. Sometimes I tell myself that if I were more organized I would avoid being always under pressure, but the truth that I think I need to be under pressure to give my best to other.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?The person I admire the most was the one who helped me define my critical eye and my tastes regarding the fashion world, and not only. He’s the reason I grew up.
What is my greatest extravagance?My greatest extravagance is perhaps to believe that there are no extravagant people. Everyone is free to expose themselves as they see fit, within the limits of the absolute.
On what occasion would I lie?I don’t like to lie, but like everyone else I do too. I lie especially when I I feel like I need to protect someone, I do it for theirself.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?In my work what I hate most is time; I hate time and deadlines.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?There have been many moments. What comes to mind now is the Runway of N21 last September. When the show ended and all the models came back behind the scenes, everyone applauded, and we were all satisfied with the work. I thought, “That’s the feeling I’ve been looking for my whole life.”
If I could, what would I change about myself?If I could change something about myself, what I would change is that I would try to be less sensitive, less empathetic.
What is my greatest achievement in work?My greatest achievement in work is that I believe it still has to happen.
Where would I most like to live?I love to live in Milan right now. Someday I don’t know, maybe on the moon, I love the moon.
What is my most treasured possession?My most treasured possession is definitely empathy, but sometimes it can be painful. Or maybe my Balenciaga heels are not precious, but I love them.
What is my most marked characteristic?My most marked characteristic is definitely to be moody, I never know how I’ll wake up tomorrow. Never.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?My most inspirational location is the window of my studio apartment. You see Milan, but it seems all still and quiet, the quiet in chaos inspires me.
What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?I love breakfast, my favorite place to eat and drink in my city is having breakfast at Starbucks or eating sushi at Finger’s Garden.
What books influenced my life and how?I’ve read too many books, but  the books influenced my life at the moment are: Moriae encomium of Erasmus of Rotterdam and Galassie Parallele of Marco Ercolani. These books have changed the way I see things.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?Magic, by UnoTheActivist. The perfect sound to go away.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?I guess I don’t have a hero in fiction.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?I know it sounds silly to say; but I’m my own hero.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?Gummo, by Harmony Korine. The most senselessly beautiful movie in history.
What role play stories in my life and work?Everything is important when you are an artist or you try to create something. The details of everything are important to me, and when I say details, I mean those little things that at first glance escape your eye, if you are able to grasp them and give them importance, you can create some wonderful things.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?I think this is partly in case, but not totally. Reactions correspond to actions and reactions do not come from ourselves but from others.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?I can’t give a single answer to that question. But I’ve heard that the person who hates you the most is the one closest to you and your biggest fan is someone you don’t know.
Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2021?In 2021 I would like to start working as a fashion designer for Balenciaga,  but also to be able to create my own brand with my bestfriend would not be bad.

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2021?I would like to meet a person who inspires me, who inspires my creativity and especially a person who indulges me.
What project, in 2021, am I looking forward to work on?I don’t know yet. I’m sure that the things that are meant for me, will find a way to find me.
 Where can you see me or my work in 2021?I hope you don’t have to look for me, but I will find you. In the meantime, you can follow me in what I do on Instagram.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?If you are really determined to do something, you have to keep doing it even when it becomes difficult. Perseverance is the key.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?Anyone who thinks “I can answer better than you did”.
How can you contact me?On Instagram or LinkedIn, wherever you want, I’m everywhere.

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