Truman Capote called her "European Swan Numero Uno" adding her to his favorite group of rich and fabulous American female friends such as C.Z. Guest or Babe Paley. In her early twenties, when she was living in New York, she worked as a model and sometimes camera assistant with such famous photographers as Robert Doisneau and Richard Avedon. With her aristocratic background, friends like Kennedy's and the richest man in Italy as her husband, she could be another spoiled socialite. Instead she always valued great art, architecture and interior design, which we can study in deep thanks to the new book The Last Swan.
On the Vogue's International Best Dressed list in 1963, Marella knew how to make simplicity work to her best.She loved her simple cashmere sweaters paired with simple poplin pants but always in best fit, the best cotton, the best cashmere. In a way untypical for a woman of her fortune in her times, she has never been passionate for elaborate richness of style or jewelry. I think her attitude to fashion was very modern, as she felt very comfortable in sport outfits: slacks, sweaters and scarves. If you are in a mood to be dressed "Italian Style" this winter, see my suggestions below.
If you need more inspirations, please watch the movie I am love with my forever favorite Tilda Swindon.