Anna Sorokins demure designer wardrobe, Felicity Huffmans sensible cardigan, Harvey Weinsteins loose button it is impossible to separate clothing from court optics
Scammer, con artist, grifter. All words used to describe Anna Sorokin, the fake heiress sentenced to four to 12 years imprisonment for swindling more than $200,000, although style icon is the label that has endured, at least in fashion circles.
Since attending trial at Manhattan state court wearing her oversized Celine spectacles, black choker, and a roll call of womenswear by Saint Laurent, Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors and Chloe, Sorokins demure wardrobe has been more talked about than her crimes. This was intentional. Sorokins lawyer raised concerns over the Rikers prison-issued uniform and enlisted the help of Anastasia Walker Courtney Loves stylist, no less to help her guide the jurys eyes and minds.
The clothes were borrowed, but Sorokin kept her specs for consistency. It implies how deep this attachment to designer gear goes, says Susanna Cordner, a fashion curator and senior research fellow at the London College of Fashion because when it comes to image-management, its impossible to separate clothing from optics.
We know Sorokin uses clothes as a code, as a power play to make people feel certain ways about her, she continues. So this is the next persona in that series, says Cordner. And, here, clothes can be used to convey two personality positions: to cement a character or to question one.
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