Fashion industry is a fascinating world many desire to enter and stay in for a lifetime. Our life wouldn’t be so beautiful without fashion, and sometimes fashion can really make us happy. But fashion wouldn’t be the way it is without powerful people who can make it be such a fabulous, glamorous, entertaining, beautiful, exquisite world, a world everybody wants to be a part of; and it wouldn’t be so without people behind the success of the fashion industry; either it’s in New York, Toronto, Paris, Milan or London.
These powerful people who bring their greatest influence upon fashion industry around the world decide the fate of fashion, year after year. They are the ones who tell the world what is in and what is out, what is hot and what is not, what you should wear and where you should be. Anna Wintour is one of the live legends of today’s fashion industry, a true icon in fashion.
When it comes to powerful people in fashion, Anna Wintour’s name is the first to come up in your mind. Editor in Chief of Vogue USA magazine since 1988, she really has the heaviest word to say in fashion. She can decide a designer’s fate the way one decides what outfit to wear today. For instance, she is the one who promoted Michael Kors to the point that he became a well known designer not only in USA , but abroad as well. Now Michael Kors’s success around the world is undeniable, with high-fashion boutiques open in dozens of countries. Currently there are at least three Michael Kors boutiques in Toronto . I discovered the works of this designer last year, when I bought a pair of really exquisite high-heeled sandals, and since then I became fond of Michael Kors fashions.
Lauren Weisberger was Anna Wintour’s assistant at Vogue USA before becoming a bestseller writer. The main character from her novel The Devil Wears Prada, Miranda Priestly, is widely believed to be based on Anna Wintour, although the author never admitted it openly. Anna Wintour makes a cameo appearance at the end of the book, where it is said that she and Miranda don’t like each other. Miranda is described in the book as a tyrant boss, while there are many similarities between Miranda Priestly and Anna Wintour; and it’s after the success of the book when fashion “civilians” learned about the editor in chief at Vogue. The Devil Wears Prada the movie brought even more attention to Anna Wintour. When the movie was in pre-production, it is said she made her point to let designers know she would disapprove of any cameo appearances in this movie (Anna Wintour denied the fact). And such, although many designer names are mentioned in the movie, Valentino is the only one who made a cameo appearance as himself.
The 2009 documentary The September Issue is another film focusing on Anna Wintour.
Plum Sykes, author of chick-lit novels Bergdorf Blondes and The Debutante Divorcee, also worked with Anna Wintour at Vogue. But her professional relationship with the mighty editor in chief was different from the relationship between Anna Wintour and Lauren Weisberger, as Plum Sykes became Wintour’s protégée, and later on a successful chick-lit writer, basing her novels on New York upper classes and socialite scenes.
I watched once a TV show on Fashion Television featuring Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief at Vogue USA. What stroke me the most was the fact that everybody interviewed in the show was speaking very high about Anna Wintour – that she is a good person, that she is amazing, that she truly loves her job, that fashion is her alter ego, that she is very kind, supportive and sensitive, and so on and so forth. Not a single interviewed person made at least a neutral comment, let alone a criticism. Everybody praised her, nobody criticized her. Reading between the lines, all those praises sounded to me somehow insincere. I don’t imply to say that Anna Wintour is not a good person in real life, because I don’t know her; I’m just saying that some of those people made it sound like they were just brushing her hair instead of being completely honest, or neutral. I couldn’t help but wonder – are all these people involved in the fashion industry truly honest when they say all these extremely kind words about her or they just are afraid to tell what they really think, because they fear to bear Anna Wintour’s influence?
Anna Wintour is loved and feared, respected and loathed; but regardless people from within and outside the fashion industry feel or think about her, she is still on the top of the fashion world, deciding for the best in fashion.