In Anna we trust. By: Yoali Valle
GREATEST EDITOR IN THE WORLD
Through the She is known for her oversized dark glasses, high heels, sharp bob hairstyle and icy demeanor. Long before Vogue, however, Wintour started out in the fashion department of Harper's & Queen in London. Over the years, she rose up the editorial ladder and bounced from publication to publication between New York. and London.
“Anna Wintour is best known as
the influential editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, and for her iconic pageboy
From the start, Wintour displayed her own sense of style and direction.
haircut and large sunglasses.”
Fashion icon Anna Wintour was born in London, England, on November 3, 1949. She is the eldest daughter of Charles Wintour, the editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper. Wintour landed the editorship of American Vogue in 1988. She revived the publication and became one of the most influential figures in the fashion industry, known widely for her iconic pageboy haircut and chilly demeanor.
"I want Vogue to be pacy, sharp, and sexy, I'm not interested in the super-rich or infinitely leisured. I want our readers to be energetic, executive women, with money of their own and a wide range of interests."
Along the way, Wintour demonstrated fearlessness about forging new ground. She decisively called an end to the supermodel era, showcasing a preference for celebrities rather than models on her covers. Wintour was also the first to truly mix low-end fashion items with more expensive pieces in her photo shoots. Her debut cover in November 1988 included a 19-year-old Israeli model outfitted in a pair of $50 jeans and a $10,000 jewel-encrusted t-shirt.
“I am certainly very competitive. I like people who represent the best at what they do, and if that turns you into a perfectionist than maybe I am.”
Wintour's sharp critiques and lack of patience soon earned a few memorable nicknames: "Nuclear Wintour" and "Wintour of Our Discontent." The editor, though, relished it.
Despite her claims to the contrary, Wintour became a force in the fashion world, not only through her decisions about what to feature in her magazine, but also by breaking in newer designers and celebrating their styles. She helped make the careers of such designers as Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen. In recent years, her work has made her a power broker between designers and retailers. In 2006, she initiated a deal between men's designer Thom Browne. In 1986, Wintour returned to London as chief editor of the Condé Nast-owned British Vogue. Not surprisingly, Wintour had her own ideas about the magazine and where it needed to go.
Wintour has also thrown herself into politics. In February 2012, she co-hosted a fundraising event for President Barack Obama with actress Scarlett Johansson. This "Runway to Win" soiree offered up Obamathemed fashions and accessories from such designers as Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch. “The runway is no longer just a runway, it’s now a force for change in politics.” Wintour told The New York Times.
“The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying,”
In 1988 she was named editor-in-chief of Vogue.
Anna Wintour has become an international fashion icon in her role as editor-in-chief of the highly influential Vogue magazine.
In 2009, Wintour launched her New York City economic stimulus project with the Vogue-sponsored Fashion's Night Out. The annual event, held in different stores across the city in September, lets the general public shop and mingle with some of the elite personalities of the fashion world, including Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger and Wintour herself. Stars, such as Halle Berry and Sarah JessicaParker, have also turned out for this fashion celebration.
Published on Mar 13, 2018