Russian-born Anna Sorokin better known as Anna Delvey, the name she allegedly scammed under, is back in the news now that her case is at trial, and just like the long, sordid, original tale, the court chapter of her story includes fashion.
Accused of scamming multiple individuals and businesses from 2013-2017, the 28-year-old assumed the identity of a wealthy German heiress (in reality, her father is a German truck driver), claiming she had millions she wasn’t able to access. She was arrested in New York in October 2017 and is now on trial for multiple counts related to theft and grand larceny, a wild ride compelling enough to inspire two different adaptions produced by Lena Dunham and Shonda Rhimes.
Rather accept a plea resulting in her immediate deportation to Germany, where she moved with her family when she was 16, she chose to go to trial. For her first court appearance in Manhattan, her lawyer, Todd Spodek, tasked an assistant with a trip to H&M in an effort to put her in an outfit more presentable than her prison jumpsuit.
At her court appearance on Wednesday (March 27, 2019) the NY Post noted she was wearing a black Miu Miu dress, a sartorial choice that lead GQ to wonder if perhaps someone wasn’t professionally styling her.
In an email exchange, her lawyer freely admitted she was being styled and, he argued, rightly so. He wrote, “It is imperative that Anna dress appropriately for the trial. Anna’s style was a driving force in her business, and life, and it is a part of who she is. I want the jury to see that side of her and enlisted a stylist to assist in slecting the appropriate outfits for trial. However the logistics of dropping off trial outfits at Rikers Island doest not work in our favor. Thanks.”
The stylist has been identified as Anastasia Walker, whose clientele includes Courtney Love, T-Pain, and G-Eazy. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Walker said the styling job hasn’t been her easiest one. She explained, “I will say obviously there are challenges to styling someone who’s currently incarcerated. There’s a lot imitations to what you can and cannot wear in court.”
Sorokin also has inspired an Instagram account documenting all her style moves. As it turns out, the black, cleavage-revealing Miu Miu shift was actually a Michael Kors dress, which she eventually covered with a beige H&M sweater. On her second appearance, she upgraded her look big time, pairing a sheer Saint Laurent blouse with Victoria Beckham trousers. Her over-sized frames appear to be Celine, though it’s entirely possible (and would be far more fitting) if they were counterfeit.
Check out all her looks below. The trial is expected to wrap up by mid-April so one can anticipate additional fire ‘fits.