We speak with some of the country’s leading experts in style, design and fashion on all things sprezzatura.
Sprezzatura [sprettsaˈtura] is an Italian word originating from Baldassare Castiglione’s The Book of the Courtier, where it is defined by the author as “a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it”.
1. What’s your most treasured item in your wardrobe?
When my girls are in there dressing up (which happens often) it’s them. Otherwise I would have to say my navy LV Sophia Coppola bag.
2. Who is your style icon?
My mother and I think Katherine Hepburn was also quite special in the style stakes.
3. What makes someone stylish in your eyes?
Authenticity. Not trying to be someone they’re not. It’s how they walk, talk, dress and conduct themselves in every day life.
4. How would you describe your personal style?
I love classic, comfortable pieces and then mixing them up with a bit of an edge.
5. What was your biggest fashion faux pas?
My year 12 formal dress which I designed and was so proud of…..until I saw the photos.
6. What is your favourite Italian fashion brand?
7. Who epitomises sprezzatura to you?
Cate Blanchett and Isabella Rossellini
Claire Fabb – Founder and Director, Style By Yellow Button