Through the last few election cycles, Anna Wintour has made it clear that she's a left-leaning political junkie. She very actively endorsed President Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012, and has already committed herself to Hillary Clinton's campaign efforts since the former Secretary of State announced her candidacy in April.
With just over five months until the Iowa caucuses and 14 months until the general election, it appears that Clinton can already rely on the fashion industry for both support and funding. On Sunday, Tory Burch hosted a fundraiser for Clinton at her plush, 15.4-acre home in the Hamptons with a 200-person guest list that included Wintour, Martha Stewart, Donna Karan and Barneys owner Richard Perry.
The gathering's programming didn't run as smoothly as anticipated, however: When Clinton began her speech, Burch's sprinkler system went off unexpectedly and spritzed a number of attendees fanned out on the lawn, according to Page Six. Clinton and Wintour, who were standing on a covered terrace, remained dry. "Anna introduced Hillary, a wonderful introduction, moving enough to make a grown man cry," an unnamed source told the newspaper. "Then, all of a sudden the sprinkler system went off, and those who were on the lawn got soaked. You could hear some people screaming."
Wintour and Burch, particularly, have long served as unofficial liaisons between the liberal fashion community and the Democratic Party. In May 2013, Burch hosted Michelle Obama for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at her Manhattan apartment; a year later, the First Lady spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Wintour's Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. The relationship between donor and recipient flows both ways.
Now, Wintour may be taking her advocacy for Clinton internationally, and during her busiest time of year. Page Six reports that Clinton's top aide of 19 years, Huma Abedin, is headlining a Paris fundraiser for the presidential hopeful's campaign during the city's Fashion Week on Oct. 4. Per the publication, Wintour will also take time out of her front row schedule to attend the event as a "special guest." Vogue declined to comment on the report.
While a Paris fundraiser may be an obvious play to attract donors from deep-pocketed French fashion ateliers and luxury conglomerates, it's surprising nonetheless — and with Wintour's help, one we can expect to see much more of as November 2016 inches closer.
Update: Nearly a month after Page Six first reported that Abedin and Wintour would be hosting a Paris fundraiser for Clinton, Politico is providing new details on the event, formally titled "An Evening With Huma Abedin and Anna Wintour."
The site discloses that it has obtained an invitation to the Oct. 4 soirée, which will take place at the Paris home of American-born financial businessman James Cook. While a copy of the note was not provided, Politico writes that $1,000 buys entry to the cocktail reception, while $2,700 — the maximum personal donation — entitles guests to membership in Clinton's Abroad Regional Finance Committee. At this time, neither Vogue nor Clinton's campaign responded to our request for comment.