Ms Nothing to do in Joburg Besides sent me a link to this madness this morning. Naturally I had a day from hell writing about Joost and his trying relationship to yours truly ( as a representative of the media of course ) so never got round to posting it till now. It’s a mad Nordic art collective called the We Are Group who dress up as Anna Wintour and take hostages. In this case one Ann-Sofie Back for her crimes against fashion. I think it may also have some peculiar marketing consequence, but very amusing nonetheless. Thanks dear L.
Alexa Chung: “Why am I feeling a sudden onset of chills?”
Anna Wintour: ” What I ask, is that tawdry specimen of humanity I can barely percieve out the corner of my big black glasses? And why is it sitting next to me?”
Alexa Chung: ” Pixie, save me I have lost all feeling in my extremities?”
Anna Wintour: ” I know – I will freeze it out with my super chilling powers and perhaps it will just go away.”
Pixie Geldof: ” Hug me Lexi, it may help with the frostbite.”
So here is Icy Anna on Letterman doing her best to be de-thaw, warm-up and get cute,cuddly and all entertaining post the ravaging she got from Maureen Dowd after the screening of the September Issue. Read the ravaging and the watch the vid – aw she is practically sweet. Happy weekend .
Fascinating article by Lisa Armstrong about the power of the Vogue editrix quartet . Here is my best quote …
“If fashion, as has often been observed, is a religion — and it has the famines, the tablets, the ominous edicts in questionable syntax delivered by someone wearing something floaty and slightly mad — then it needs its Bible, Torah, Koran and Tom Cruise, its Armani-sponsored, Swarovski-studded, pop-up pamplet. Why not one with full-colour illustrations by Mario Testino? ”
According to the Wall Street Journal’s fashion blog Si Newhouse, the owner of the publishing empire Conde Naste, has issued an outraged rebuttal to yesterday’s Vogue editrix rumor mongering. The thaw is not happening and he is not ditching Anna Wintour for Carine Roitfeld.
“This is the silliest rumour I ever heard – There is no truth to it.”
The First Post argues that ” It is thought likely that Wintour, 59, who has been Queen Bee at US Vogue for 20 years, would have made Newhouse issue the denial. And while 55-year-old Roitfeld, who has been running French Vogue since 2001, is certainly good at her job, media commentators believe there are compelling reasons for keeping Wintour in situ.
Said one magazine insider: “To be fair to Anna Wintour, it would be madness to get rid of her in a time of recession. Carine may be cutting edge, but she is not a businesswoman in the way that Anna is.”
So there you have it.
Just for fun – here is Barbara Walters interviewing Anna Wintour – she’s just a big softy really ….
See the original rumour mill here
Wow now this is big news if it is in fact true Gawker has reported that imminent thawing is afoot. The Nuclear Wintour may be on her way out – Si Newhouse may have flown to Paris to offer the top Vogue job to Carine thereby deposing Wintour and putting an end to her oligarchy and hopefully dark glassed in the front row.
I thought this Gawker article makes for fascinating reading – its an anaylisis of what an Obama presidency will mean for the fashionable industries.
Here is their sniping on the Fashion industry…
” Fashionista types are so in the tank. The promise of Obama even lured Anna Wintour out of her Batcave to vote! So where does the huge industry trade group the American Apparel and Footwear Association stand on the issues? Well, they’re against anything that makes unions stronger, obviously. Not good. They’re very upset about China’s domination of the textile manufacturing sector. Obama will presumably push China on some issues, but he’s far from a protectionist. And they don’t want to have to compete with Federal Prisoners for government contracts. When Obama frees the oppressed, that won’t be a problem. Huzzah! ”
The big red arrow points to the infamous Wintour bob and sunglass routine – it works in a voting queue almost as well as the front row. What they have not considered are the positive spinoffs in terms of replicating Michelle Obama’s first lady dress sense.