Yes, Anna Delvey had a stylist for her trial

Fake German heiress Anna Sorokin is led away after being sentenced in Manhattan Supreme Court on May 9, 2019 following her conviction last month on multiple counts of grand larceny and theft of services. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

“Fashion show! Fashion show! Fashion show at lunch!” is my exact reaction to learning that Anna Delvey – otherwise known as “Soho Grifter” or by her real name Anna Sorokin – practically put on a fashion show for the jury during her trial. While this detail of Sorokin’s sordid history of working his way through New York’s most elite circles sounds like something straight out of a fictional TV show (like Netflix’s upcoming dramatization of his story, “Inventing Anna”), it is very real. After all, if you want to pass yourself off as an innocent socialite, you have to look the part.

When test photos surfaced of Sorokin wearing a black dress with a plunging neckline, it got people talking — and understandably so. But it also left everyone wondering how she came into possession of an Yves Saint Laurent blouse and Victoria Beckham trousers while behind bars.

According to the New York Post, Sorokin’s attorney, Todd Spodek, ran an associate to H&M “and spent $200 on something that didn’t scream ‘detained'” in order to sway the jury’s opinion on the case. “guilty” appearance of Sorokin. Sorokin, who arrived in her Rikers Island prison uniform, did a quick 180 and appeared in court sporting a black blazer over a beige sweater, black capris and white Puma sneakers. (His legal team initially made him wear pointy stilettos, but the Department of Correction denied the shoes, calling them “too dangerous.”) The wardrobe crisis was averted. and that was just the beginning of Sorokin’s audience trail.

Spodek and his legal team then upped the ante. In a 2019 email to GQ, Spodek confirmed he had hired Sorokin as a stylist. “It is imperative that Anna dresses appropriately for the trial. Anna’s style was a driving force in her business and in her life, and it is part of who she is. I want the jury to see this side of her and hired a stylist to help her. [sic] appropriate dress for the trial. However, the logistics of the test suit depot at Rikers Island make it [sic] does not work in our favor,” he wrote.

Her first of many eye-catching looks included an all-black set of tights, flats, a choker necklace, and that infamous black plunging neckline dress. Notably, Sorokin’s pin-straight hairstyle looked like she just stepped out of Drybar. The next day, Sorokin walked into court wearing this Saint Laurent blouse and Victoria Beckham trousers. The mastermind behind these iconic courtroom outfits was stylist Anastasia Walker, whose high-profile clientele includes T-Pain and G-Eazy.

As backward and twisted as it all sounds, Sorokin having a stylist for her trial — where she was ultimately found guilty of defrauding friends, businesses and banks of $275,000 — is perhaps the most genuine about him.

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