February 23rd, 2019
In Memorium

Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan

They say things come in threes and I was thinking about this adage after we lost Lee and Karl. Marella Agnelli, the elegant and refined Italian socialite who Truman Capote referred to as the “Last Swan”, was one of my favorite style muses. Below are images from a lovely T magazine story written by Ms. Agnelli’s niece in 2014.

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ALAÏA

Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress

SAINT LAURENT

Cropped leather jacket

SOPHIE BUHAI

Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings

NILI LOTAN

Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket

SAINT LAURENT

Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag

DRIES VAN NOTEN

Belted wool blazer

SAINT LAURENT

Blade velvet slingback pumps

THE ROW

Silvia silk-twill scarf

SAINT LAURENT

Logo-embellished leather loafers

VALENTINO

Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt

LOEWE

Braided leather bangle

JOSEPH

Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress

LOEWE

Gate knotted leather slippers

ZIMMERMANN

Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat

CARTIER EYEWEAR

Santos de Cartier metal shield sunglasses

  • Always fascinating to read about someone that lived large

    jiffy lemckeFebruary 23rd, 2019  11:20 AM

     
  • Was Swan something Capote coined? Who were they all? And are there none today? Duh he said last.

    Marcy CarmackFebruary 23rd, 2019  11:28 AM

     
  • From Vanity Fair: “Truman Capote was the darling of an inner circle he called his swans—Babe Paley, Slim Keith, Lee Radziwill, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, Marella Agnelli. He was their baby wizard, their bitchy sister, their father confessor. They told him who had slept between the Porthault sheets and where all the bodies were buried.”

    PrestonFebruary 23rd, 2019  12:28 PM

     
  • By coincidence, I just started reading “The Swans of Fifth Avenue”. I had heard of all these women before, except for Marella Agnelli. I also didn’t know of their relationship with Capote. I just love that elegant era.

    AprilFebruary 23rd, 2019  1:05 PM

     
  • Having sworn off the “news” your post told me of her death. I was just looking at photos of her yesterday, sitting here in my home in Houston. I have Italian heritage and have always though she was simply divine, in every single way. Yes, the world has lost an amazingly accomplished threesome these last few days. May they rest in eternal peace. For me, I think they will be remembered forever.

    Marsha ScottFebruary 23rd, 2019  1:21 PM

     
  • That T magazine story was a wonderful derailment of my afternoon.

    karenFebruary 23rd, 2019  3:44 PM

     
  • ‘The Power of Style,’ by Annette Tapert and Diana Edkins, is a fun read on the subject of stylish women. Subtitled, ‘The Women Who Defined the Art of Living Well,’ it includes a chapter on The Swans. Although this author names four women as Swans – Paley, Guinness, Keith, and Guest – Radziwell and Agnelli were also in Capote’s inner circle and cast a similarly huge shadow on style and fashion. What seemed to set all these women apart from other wealthy women with nice wardrobes? Well-stated by the authors: “. . . they maintained a standard of social excellence in a way that emphasized dignity and discipline and downplayed money and power.” I think this absolutely nails it!

    PaulaFebruary 23rd, 2019  11:22 PM

     

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