Remembering Franca Sozzani

Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

“Fashion isn’t really about clothes. It’s about life.”
— Franca Sozzani

Though it has been about two months since Italian Vogue Editor, Franca Sozzani died, it still seems as though she's calling out to us in one form or another. She was a visionary who was always pushing political and artistic bounds whether it be her iconic Black Issue or her editorials that highlighted the pain behind domestic violence. So what would she do and say about what's going on in the world just a few months after her death?

Well, she'd create. She'd get Mario Testino and Peter Lindbergh and a myriad of artists and speak out using fashion as a tool for understanding and unifying everyone of all classes and ethnicities. As she has said many times, "I will listen, but I must go my own way," and I think that's exactly what the world needs right now... to listen to those who are in power and to collectively go the direction that is correct for society as a whole. We must be here for one another and create images, messages and places for all of us to feel comfortable in. Sometimes the creation of those places calls on us and it may seem difficult, but it is not impossible. This is something we have learned from Sozzani's art direction. Use whatever tools you have and respond to what life offers you.

2017 is a time for creation, nurturing and empowering for all.