Despite being the inspiration behind Meryl Streep’s role of Miranda Priestly in “The Devil Wears Prada,” Anna Wintour was reportedly regarded as a “good sport” about the rather negative portrayal of the bobbed and sun-glassed fashion mogul. Undoubtedly the English-born Editor-in-Chief, a position she has held since 1988, has perfected an ability to persevere through high-pressure situations. Which may be one of many reasons Barack Obama is purportedly considering Wintour for the position of US ambassador to either the UK or France.
Last Thursday traffic stopped on the streets of the West Village as Barak Obama and our First Lady, Michelle Obama, arrived at Sarah Jessica Parker’s brownstone townhouse for a fundraiser in their honor. SJP and her fashionable counterpart, Anna Wintour, hosted dinner for 50+ guests including a-listers like Meryl Streep, Aretha Franklin, Andy Cohen, Michael Kors, and Olivia Wilde.
The guests wined and dined for $40,000 a plate to show their support for Obama in the next election, as well as show off some fantastic styles. Parker played up her Sex and the City fashion sense in a lace ¾ length cocktail dress and some glitzy accessories including a studded necklace and a large-and-in charge diamond ring. Other guests donned sleek gowns, bright and tight dresses, and suits galore.
In the midst of a sparkling spring season and looking (desperately!) forward to summertime, it’s time to get you reading list ready. Whether you’ll be lounging by the pool, burying your toes in the sand, or enjoying a shady breeze at the park—your day won’t be complete without an intriguing read. From books that will put you on course for style superstardom to the shoe lover’s bible, and even the best coffee table toppers, here are our top picks for fashion biographies. The best and most inspiring stories are true ones, so pick one (or all!) of the fabulous finds and spend your next lazy afternoon really getting to know your style icon.
Vogue is getting ready to celebrate their 120th birthday! One-hundred-and-twenty years of style and glamour. What started out as a weekly magazine for high society New Yorkers in 1892, would eventually embark a whole new meaning on American fashion. When Conde Nast bought Vogue in 1909, the advertising and sales genius decided to turn Vogue into a women’s only fashion magazine. In turn, he reached a much wider market than just rich Manhattanites. Nast owned the Home Pattern Company, so being the brilliant business man he was, he expanded the pattern section of the magazine. This gave everyone an opportunity to recreate the designs seen in Vogue. Even wealthy women turned to Vogue for fashion ideas. As the years went on and the wars unfolded, the editors at Vogue were at a loss because they had always looked to the French for the latest designs and trends. Due to the Great Depression and the extremely high tariffs, the editors resorted to American designers instead. This was when American fashion really began coming into their own.
Wouldn't you just love a Nicki Minaj face necklace swinging off your neck? Not your style? How about the fabulous editor-in-chief of Vogue Anna Wintour? Spotted during fashion week these beaded celeb faced necklaces are the next upcoming "it" accessory, apparently. Victor - John Villanueva (the master mind behind the design) is now selling his collection of "Front Row" at Williamsburg's boutique About Glamour .
The name is a play off the infamous photo of Anna Wintour sitting next to Nicki Minaj looking nothing less than insulted. (We're guessing she wasn't crazy about Minaj's wardrobe choice.) What better way to cement that moment in history than with a jewelry line?
A lot has happened this past week at New York's event of the season --Fashion Week. As far as fashion lovers are concerned, it's the second coming of Jesus. A VERY serious occasion. But nothing countered the overly-serious fashion state-of-mind quite like this photo of Nicki Minaj (perpetual fashion victim) and Anna Wintour (perpetual fashion goddess) front row at Carolina Herrera. Wintour looks absolutely horrified and insulted while Minaj is clueless as to how ridiculous she looks.
THIS is the stuff that makes fashion week unforgettable. Oh, and the clothes aren't bad either. ;)
In a recent interview with Virgine magazine, designer Azzedine Alaia bluntly slammed Vogue Editrix Anna Wintour. He claims that she runs Vogue like a business, and although she runs it well, he claims that she neglects 'the fashion part.' He also makes a point to mention that while she scares everyone, he scares her, and he couldn't care less if she features his designs in Vogue. Here's an excerpt from the interview of what he had to say about Anna Wintour:
"She runs the business (Vogue) very well, but not the fashion part. When I see how she is dressed, I don't believe in her tastes one second. I can say it loudly! She hasn't photographed my work in years even if I am a best seller in the U.S. and I have 140 square meters at Barneys. American women love me; I don't need her support at all. Anna Wintour doesn't deal with pictures; she is just doing PR and business, and she scares everybody. But when she sees me, she is the scared one. [Laughs.] Other people think like me, but don't say it because they are afraid that Vogue won't photograph them. Anyway, who will remember Anna Wintour in the history of fashion? No one."
Aerin Lauder, Estée Lauder’s granddaughter and senior vice president of the current-day company, plans to break away in favor of beginning her own fashion and lifestyle brand. She has stated her hopes to be “the next Tory Burch”, and she has already begun to recruit a superstar team to assist her.
Anna Wintour will be her advisor and NBC’s Jeff Zucker will be her assistant. She’s also recruited Ebs Burnough, the now-former White House deputy social secretary. He told his colleagues via email Friday that it would be his “last day at the White House.”
A quick welcome to my new weekly column (and that was it if you missed it) and now lets get down to business.
And business it was last week especially for all the stores that participated in Fashion's Night Out, but more of that in a minute, first I want to talk about the sharp end of fashion week, the shows. I kicked off this season by taking a strut down to West Broadway to check out the new collection from Prince Peter, that cheeky little character talent who seems always to hang with the hippest and best looking people on the planet. As usual his show was full of great looking things draped in his designs and the liquor was free-flowing and plentiful which was a result for me because I then got a chance to eat it off by going in to see my old mate Kevin, the Maitre D at Balthazar which was, needless to say, filled to the brim as usual .
The days leading up to fashion week seem to be the most hectic. In addition to the Joonbug team preparing for shows and our own event with ELLE Style 360, the industry has made headlines with some of the most shocking news yet - which makes us not only anxious for what's to come, but curious to see how influential fashion is over all markets. This week, we witnessed the following:
Kate Moss Attacked at LAX: It's flattering to see an iconic figure within the fashion industry become a center of attention, glamour and admiration. However, this week brought the curse of being famous to former supermodel Kate Moss. Moss and her daughter were caught on camera being ambushed by paparazzi at LAX this week, while the two waited for car service. Moss, under heavy stress and discomfort, attempted to use her luggage carrier in self-defense before being escorted by airport security to take cover behind a check-in counter until her van arrived. Disregarding onlookers' disgust, paparazzi continued to block Moss' path to her van, briefly stopping the van from moving once she was in. The result? Well, publicity, of course - yet, California has passed a bill - which will be final as a law once governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs it - 43-10, will fine photographers if they break traffic laws and/or interfere with the operation of a celebrity's car. Photographers can also face up to one year in prison. Moss' video of being hounded at LAX was used as a key exhibit in the hearing. The date of the passing of the bill marked the 13th anniversary of Princess Diana's death - caused by a car accident after being chased by paparazzi. As traumatizing as Moss' encounter may be, the industry will miss her tremendously as she prepares for her last Topshop collection this October.