There truly weren’t any disappointing ensembles here–proof that when you’re going to a Vogue event, you have no choice but to bring your A-game.
While some outlets mocked the idea of Anna Wintour becoming an ambassador, others (including us) thought she’d make a great ambassador, if she were interested, which she probably isn’t.
Oscar de la Renta, on the other hand, thinks the White House would have to up their offer to snag Wintour.
Bloomberg’s report that Anna Wintour is being considered for an ambassadorship in the U.K. or France didn’t just have fashion news sites like ours buzzing–it was the topic of conversation on every major morning show, from the TODAY show to MSNBC.
So we thought it was worth looking into a bit more. If you thought our super fun and super serious GChat conversations with Current TV’s Jo Piazza would go away after the election, you’re wrong! Aren’t you happy? In this latest installment, we discuss why Anna Wintour would be an awesome ambassador. Should she want the job. Jo thinks she should. Why? Read on.
The Vogue EIC has always denied having any personal political ambitions, but a new report in Bloomberg suggests that, now that Obama has been re-elected, she may have an actual job offer to turn down.
In a little gem from New York mag’s “Party Lines” this week, Isaac Mizrahi responded thusly when asked if he ever drunk texts:
My problem is Ambien e-mailing. I once cc’ed Anna Wintour and Peggy Siegal after taking Ambien. I forget what I said but they responded asking, “Are you all right?” That was about five years ago. So no more Ambien emailing for me.
Mizrahi’s habit of Ambien emailing fashion editors also made it into his cabaret act.
If you’ve worked–or are looking to work–in the fashion industry, the women in the above photo should strike a bit of fear and awe into your hearts. That’s Babs Simpson, Grace Coddington, Tonne Goodman, Phyllis Posnick, Jade Hobson, Carlyne Cerf, Polly Mellen and Camilla Nickerson–past and current fashion editors of Vogue.
They’re the subject of a new HBO documentary airing December 6 called In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye based on the book of the same name.
Anna Wintour’s ‘Runway to Win‘ fundraising efforts for Obama–a fashion line sold online featuring everything from scarves to totes to dog collars designed by fashion’s most well-known designers and celebrities–became an easy target for Obama critics.
During the campaign, the Republican party released a video paroadying the MasterCard “Priceless” campaign: “Watching the Obama campaign host a ritzy NYC fashion show while 12 million Americans remain out of work? Priceless.” Everyone from the usual suspects (ahem, Fox News) to The Atlantic mocked the effort as a sign of Obama’s elitism.
Only it worked. Like gangbusters.
Though Grace Coddington is more of a behind-the-scenes person–her job requires it and she describes herself as shy and reserved (in high school Coddington’s parents arranged for her to eat at a quiet cafe so she “didn’t have to talk to anyone”)–when The September Issue made her a star and forced her to open up while doing press for the doc, she figured “maybe I had a bigger story to share.”
And we’re so glad she did because Coddington’s life story is not only funny and poignant, blunt and inspiring, but it’s also an insider’s history of the fashion industry and how it’s changed from the 1950s to today. Starting her career as a model in the ’50s and becoming an editor at British Vogue in the ’60s before moving on to American Vogue in the ’80s–Coddington has truly seen it all.
Here’s what we learned, in Coddington’s own words.
In a rare interview, Anna Wintour talks about why should never ever expect her to write a book, what she looks for in a new hire, and how Michelle Obama has “changed the way American women see fashion.”
To promote her new memoirs, Grace Coddington will be taking over Vogue Magazine’s twitter (@voguemagazine) today from noon until 1 p.m. EST.
She’ll answer fans’ burning questions about cat psychics (yes she uses one), Vogue, her modeling career and maybe even Anna Wintour. (We assume Coddington’s assistant Stella Greenspan will be the one tweeting Coddington’s answers as Coddington, in her book, outs herself as a technophone who only reads her emails once they’re printed out.)