Piaggi, a veteran fashion writer, worked for top fashion magazines like Italian Vogue, but she was perhaps best known for her unequivocally colorful sense of style.
She favored outlandish hats.
And had an extensive collection of dyed fur stoles.
Blue hair was another of her trademarks.
Karl Largerfeld considered her a muse.
Shoe designer Manolo Blahnik was also a close friend.
Even as she neared 80, Piaggi continued to attend fashion shows in Paris, Milan and London.
New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham called her "a fine poet in clothes.