ALL IN THE FAMILY
Stylist Deborah Afshani on finding favor with a Vogue Italia dynasty.
“I was an assistant at W in 2007 when the stylist Nicoletta Santoro — who’s become my guardian angel — called me one day to ask if I could do her a favor.
She was like: Can you meet with this photographer; he’s doing a project I think you’d be great for.
It was a lingerie story shot by Francesco Carrozzini — Franca Sozzani’s son, who is brilliant in his own right — for the Italian, French, and Spanish editions of Vogue.
I happily obliged, and thought it was funny how Nicoletta referred to it as a ‘favor.’
Francesco and I hit it off right away.
The shoot was a lot of fun, and I ended up being photographed by him for a feature in the October 2007 issue of Vogue Italia, on up-and-coming stylists [from around the world], as a result.
I was living in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and I remember walking down State Street when Franca Sozzani called me to ask if I wanted to participate in that shoot.
It was such an honor. To me, that moment signified my transition from an assistant to a stylist.
It’s not often that FRANCA SOZZANI calls you on your cell phone.
— as told to The Thick