Anna Wintour’s, editor of Vogue Magazine, accusers have slung every disparaging word in the book at her, from cold, brusque, dictator to controlling, heartless, witch, and yet she continues to endure the spiteful arrows of her critics with ne’er a hair out of place, her demeanor remains composed, and her purpose is sure.
As ruler of the fashion world, her sovereignty is to reveal, even if it is only an illusion, to her glamour seekers the perfect world of designers, their fashions, and the famous people who can afford to wear them.
Anna’s queendom requires the complete servitude of her subjects, designers quack and quiver in her presence seeking only to create designs which will please her enough to be featured in her magazine. She is after all, the personification of Vogue, and if one is to be considered Vogue, then one must design to please Vogue…and so, the creative process becomes a fashion machine, jerking and churning to fill the pages of Vogue Magazine.
Azzedine Alaia intimately knows how it feels to be banished from the queendom…death by anonymity. Yet, he continues to prevail and shows no sign of accepting Queen Anna’s dictate. “[Wintour] behaves like a dictator and everyone is terrified of her…but I’m not scared of her or anyone,” quotes Alaia. Brave words, especially when Alaia is obviously David battling an immaculately dressed, well-armored Goliath.
More Davids definitely would mean Vogue could truly be relegated to the role of “a glamorous girlfriend,” instead of the singular voice of taste and style in fashion. Fashion voices representative of a democratic process which allows a space for alternative, innovative, and unknown designers and invite erstwhile consumers to partake in the electoral process of an inclusive, revolutionary vision of design.
This seemed to be a week of contention and conflict...maybe the spring fever and slow sales is a bit too much for some of us to handle.
1.) The Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute gala theme featured "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" opened on Monday. Celebrities traditionally see the Costume Institute event as a chance to take more sartorial chances...some good...and some, not so good.
2.) Met news continues...Naomi Campbell decides not to attend the event to protest the museum's snub of her mentor's, Azzedine Alaia, designs.
3.) More Met gala drama...Keifer Sutherland headbutts Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler. Anna Wintour is furious. Brooke Shield is caught in the middle. Sutherland is scheduled to turn himself into the police today.
4.) Woody Allen's fight against American Apparel continues. Allen is suing American Apparel for $10 million dollars after the company used his picture on its billboards and web site. He claims the company didn't have permission and that the billboard depictions tarnishes his image...hmmm.
5.) Designers duke it out in D.C. Tim Gunn went to Washington, D.C. this week to lobby for the Design Piracy Prohibition Act. The bill, if passed, would give fashion designs copyright protection for three years.
6.) Gucci sues Guess? over logo, claiming trademark infringement due to Guess?'s use of green and red strip designs as well as interlocking 'G' patterns is a direct rip off of the Gucci brand. You be the judge.
7.) Victoria Beckham's turn to strut her stuff for Emporio Armani's new lingerie line.
8.) Pierre Cardin, the 86-year-old designer, takes a tumble at his property in Lacoste, France, but has recovered.
9.) Forever 21 continues its plans for world domination. This week looking for a suitable site in London to locate their fashion teen dream shop.
10.) Anna Sui designs a Gossip Girl inspired line for Target. The collection is due to hit stores from September 13 through October 17.
That's the cap!