After it was announced that Anna Wintour would become the “artistic director” of Condé Nast, consulting on editorial decisions with all of Condé’s titles, there was some inevitable blowback.
“We have a lot of autonomy as editors,” a source told WWD. “No one wants to see that go away. People need a little more clarity.”
Sure, the idea of Anna Wintour coming into “their house” and stirring things up might not appeal to every editor. But Wintour’s protégé and EIC of Teen Vogue Amy Astley knows a thing or two about what it’s like to answer to Wintour (Wintour serves as Teen Vogue‘s editorial director) and she thinks it’s all for the best.
“She’s been a real mentor, and I think other editors will find that she can help them, too,” Astley told WWD at a party celebrating the mag’s 10th anniversary. “She says what she thinks directly to your face and she’s incisive. Those are all things that may be helpful, especially to editors who are unsure. She will always zero in on the best picture or the superfluous spread in a story.”
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And in completely unrelated news, Astley also revealed that Anna Wintour not only knows about Brit sensation One Direction, but she’s kinda a fan. Apparently Wintour “loved the idea” of the boy band and their presence on the magazine’s December/January 2012/2013 cover. “She was into it. She thought they looked great. They’re young.”