Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Did Anna say that?

It's all about Anna right now. 

Which Anna? Well should you even be asking this question. It's THE Anna, Anna Wintour, the devil (in Prada).

In last Sunday's Observer Magazine - truly crucial reading as ever - Anna Wintour was the topic of the regular 'Did I Say That?' feature.


I like this:

"I read in the New York Times this week that I'm an ice queen, I'm the sun king, I'm an alien fleeing from District 9 and I'm a dominatrix. So I reckon that makes me a lukewarm royalty with a whip from outer space. Whattaya think?" (2009)

  She's probably more than a bit right. 

  No fashion figure generates so much awe and animosity as La Wintour and it doesn't look like it will end any time soon. The highly anticipated 'September Issue' docu-film is due to be released in days and from the look of trailers and previews the public perception of Anna will remain unchanged. 

  In all the coverage of the film she comes across as a hard woman, business driven, bold and successful. She's scary, out of touch and cold. She's skinny, groomed to within an inch of her life and draped in the most successful and au fait of designers around. I mean, if La Wintour wears your designs then you're in, no questions asked it's pretty much the ultimate kudos to a collection if she even turns up to your show. 

  London fashion week starts on the 18th of September, it's the 25th anniversary of the shows, loads of brands that had moved their shows to Paris or NYC are returning (Christopher Bailey at Burberry, eeeee!) all in all it's setting out to be the highlight of the fashion weeks - upstaging Paris? Now I'm not sure about that but wouldn't it be something. Of course there is one extra thing that never usually happens - La Wintour will be in attendance. Yup, Anna Wintour is going to be sitting (her bum on a seat and all that) in the London shows. 

  Imagine what it would be like to be a CSM graduate right now. What if you were the hot young thing from the best fashion school in the world who had scored a place somewhere in LFW (with a designer or something) and you knew Anna Wintour was in town? This year will bring some very very memorable moments from LFW. 

  So despite her 'Nuclear Wintour' image and the near constant bad press that follows her name, but never seems to affect her success, Anna continues to be a force to be reckoned with, maybe even a force for good?

  I wanted to end this post with a picture (google-stolen of course, it's not my picture sadly) of La Wintour in her full glory. I wanted the fur wearing, glossy, groomed lady with the serious face - the one that we all think we know. But then I found this image and maybe, just maybe this is Anna. She smiles, she looks comfortable, relaxed and just a little bit... normal? But of course, she's not normal she's Anna Wintour.

"Coffee, please."

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