Is Anna Wintour Exiting Vogue?

 

Anna Wintour has not reigned the Condé Nast realm quite as long as another fashion icon, Queen Betty 2, has reigned her realm; but publishing houses are not the same as royal prerogative – and rumors suggest that Wintour’s time may soon be up. After all, having been knighted by the Queen last May (only to become her chaperone at a recent London fashion show), what’s left for the woman who has defined Vogue for the best part of three decades?

It can’t be much fun presiding over the collapsing fortunes of a once mighty publishing house; and Wintour is too savvy to have her legacy tarnished by tectonic shifts within the industry that she simply cannot control.

Sources have told the New York Post‘s Page Six that Edward Enninful, who recently took over as editor of Vogue UK, was the likely heir apparent. That makes sense. Enninful has taken a broom to the UK title, and made it feel fresh and contemporary, and most importantly inclusive, with cover stars like Gugu Mbatha-Raw and a hijab-wearing Halima Aden. With the replacement of Graydon Carter at Vanity Fair by Radhika Jones, it makes sense that Vogue might be in for a similar shakeup.

Considering the death last year of Condé’s patriarch, Si Newhouse, it was clear that the status quo would no longer hold – though Wintour has been proactive as group creative director in consolidating the editorial and business creative staff into one team, and encouraging editors to focus on revenue-generating schemes.

Not surprisingly, Condé Nast has denied that Wintour is departing any time soon; but we’ve all heard that one before.

 

Karl Lagerfeld to be Honored with Outstanding Achievement Award

Image via Chanel’s Instagram 

Karl Lagerfeld is having a big week, which we’d imagine is pretty standard for the fashion giant. Following the news of his guest appearance on Kim Kardashian’s wildly successful mobile app, the British Fashion Council announced today the 82-year-old designer will receive an Outstanding Achievement Award on Nov. 23 at the British Fashion Awards.

Lagerfeld joins an impressive lineup of previous winners, including Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour, iD Founders Terry and Tricia Jones and Designer Manolo Blahnik. His award is in recognition of the designer’s impressive lifelong contributions to the industry as creative director of luxury labels Chanel and Fendi.

“Karl Lagerfeld defines outstanding,” said British Fashion Council Chairman Natalie Massenet. “In Karl’s hands the future of fashion will be an exceptional one.”

Behind the Scenes Photos of Anna Wintour, Nicki Minaj, Kendall Jenner + More Backstage at Marc Jacobs

Photos: Tracy Bailey Jr./BFAnyc.com

Sometimes life looks a little better in analog — not that the Marc Jacobs show needed any help. Check out eight polaroids of the shenanigans and love backstage at the Marc Jacobs show, exclusively from BFA, featuring Kendall Jenner, Anna Wintour, Sante D’Orazio, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Nicki Minaj, and Marc Jacobs himself.

Polaroids BTS at MARC JACOBS FW15 Show
Kendall Jenner

Polaroids BTS at MARC JACOBS FW15 Show
Nicki Minaj

Polaroids BTS at MARC JACOBS FW15 Show
Anna Wintour

Polaroids BTS at MARC JACOBS FW15 Show
Marc Jacobs

Polaroids BTS at MARC JACOBS FW15 Show
Edward Enninful

Polaroids BTS at MARC JACOBS FW15 Show
Hanne Gaby Odiele

Polaroids BTS at MARC JACOBS FW15 Show
Sante D’Orazio

Polaroids BTS at MARC JACOBS FW15 Show

Karl Schedules a Show for the Same Date as the Met Ball… So, Would You Rather: Chanel or Vogue?

Photo: Julian Mackler/BFAnyc.com

It’s a fashionista’s scheduling nightmare, and the morbid dream is coming to reality quicker than the stitching of a Chanel tweed suit. What happens when the matriarch and patriarch of the fashion industry, Anna Wintour of American Vogue and Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel throw events on the same day in different countries? We will soon find out, because apparently May 4th is fashion’s hottest date.

MOMA Film Benefit Presented by CHANELTilda Swinton creating a barrier between Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour, rightfully so. Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2015 Anna Wintour Costume Center Exhibition Gala has been the hottest ticket in New York since Wintour first organized it back in 1995. But that ticket could soon lose its shine as Chanel’s always elaborate cruise show is being held in Seoul, the exact same day.

CHANEL DINNER CELEBRATING N°5 THE FILM BY BAZ LUHRMANNKarl doing his best at promoting Chanel. Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Where will the editors go? What will the top models do? Will Rihanna be sitting front row in Korea or tripping in Tom Ford up the steps of the Met? Which one would you rather attend? The $25,000 a plate Met Gala or front row at one of the years hottest shows? Anna, if Kendall or Cara are too busy walking in the Chanel show I am always available to be a seat filler.

CR FASHION BOOK ISSUE 2 After PartyWhere will these fashion favorites be on March 4th? Karl Lagerfeld pictured with Carine Roitfeld, Stephen Gan and Kanye West. Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

13 Times Anna Wintour’s Bob Won at Life

Photo: Leandro Justen/BFAnyc.com 

She’s the most influential person in fashion, so naturally her hair makes some sort of an impact, too. Anna Wintour has had the same hairstyle for as long as she’s been Anna Wintour. Being Anna Wintour’s hair isn’t really that hard of a job — it just must be immaculate and uniform at all times. Now we count down Anna’s bob’s (heretofore Bob) most intriguing moments.

1. The time Bob used its magical powers to levitate shoes. Joe-Schildhorn-4Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

2. When Bob asked, “What’s on this girl’s dress?” NARCISO RODRIGUEZ (heart) BOTTLETOP Collection x PEPSI® U.S. LaunchPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

3. The time Bob was statuesqueNeil-Rasmus-2Photo: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

4. Why so serious, Bob? RALPH LAUREN Collection Spring 2015 Runway ShowPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

5. When Bob got up close and personal with Rihanna’s nipples. 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards - Winners WalkPhoto: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

6. The time Bob had some fun in the sun with designer friends. Neil-RasmusPhoto: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

7. The time she fake-smiled at Rita Ora thinking, “Thank god for my Bob…” MARCHESA Spring 2015 Fashion ShowPhoto: Leandro Justen/BFAnyc.com

8. The time Anna said, “The Bob’s up here, buddy.” Benjamin-LozovskyPhoto: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com

9. When her front row seatmate was feeling insecure about her hair and Anna gave her serious guidance. MARCHESA Spring 2015 Fashion ShowPhoto: Leandro Justen/BFAnyc.com

10. When Halle Berry’s hair was jealous. GODS LOVE WE DELIVER 2014 GOLDEN HEART AWARDS CELEBRATION HONORING LESLIE MOONVES, ANNA WINTOUR AND RICHARD E. FELDMANPhoto: Ben Rosser/BFAnyc.com

11. The time Anna’s daughter Bee Shaffer carefully avoided scuffing the Bob. She’s mastered the art with plenty of practice. THE ELEVENTH ANNUAL CFDA/VOGUE FASHION FUND AWARDSPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com 

12. When Bob peeked out like a baby deer in a vast forest.  Joe-SchildhornPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

13. Hell froze over and Anna’s Bob was free!  Julien-BoudetPhoto: Julien Boudet/BFAnyc.com

Catch Anna Wintour and a New Crop of CFDA Incubator Designers TONIGHT

Between the glamour, the glitz, and the glossy pages of Vogue hides a realm of fashion less frequently seen. It’s the realm where blood and tears accumulate alongside the perspiration Anna Wintour’s presence surely causes. That’s right, the second season s of The Fashion Fund premieres tonight, providing a second season of a truly unprecedented look at the pure and unique emotion that comes with birthing a brand. Design is an industry like rock ‘n’ roll–a “many will enter, few will win” kinda game.

The CFDA picks ten designers, many of whom fashion followers will already feel acquainted with (Tanya Taylor’s signature painted prints, Wes Gordon’s minimal cuts, Grey Ant’s sleek shades, Edie Parker’s bloggerati clutches, and Gigi Burris’s youthful millinery, to name a few)–the first episode will track the initial application process. You’ll laugh, cry, and imagine that you too, are BFFs with Ms. Wintour, just gently sparring over which designers you feel have the most potential, and share the thrill as the accepted candidates race to call their moms and relay the news.

Season two of The Fashion Fund premieres on Ovation on Wednesday, November 5th at 10 p.m. ET.

‘Death Becomes Her’ Opens Today at the Anna Wintour Costume Center

Exhibition photo courtesy of the Anna Wintour Costume Center

To kick off reinstatement of its twice yearly exhibitions,the Met’s Anna Wintour Costume Center introduces Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire, opening today.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, fashion and etiquette deemed what was appropriate and in style for mourners to wear in the days, weeks, months, and years following the death of a loved one or prominent figure. On view are examples of these black pieces — including a wedding gown for wartime — along with text to contextualize the styles.

Reads one,

“Black is more than ever the favorite color of fashion. There was a time–our mothers will remember it–when the sole fact of wearing a black dress when one was not in mourning was sufficient to call forth a kind of reprobation, and to cause the wearer to be classed among the dangerously eccentric women.”

— Harper’s Bazaar, 1879

Let’s just say things are different now.

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire is on view at the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Met from today through February 1, 2015. 1000 Fifth Avenue, NYC.

Designer vs. Designer at the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Party

Photos by Carly Erickson (BFAnyc.com)

The CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund celebrated the 2014 Design Challenge at the Ludlow Hotel in downtown Manhattan on Tuesday night to celebrate the finalists for the contest.

For this year’s Design Challenge, Maybelline New York assigned each of the ten finalists an American city and asked them to create a head-to-toe look that embodies the distinct spirit and style of the Maybelline New York woman in that city.

Guests of the event included CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg, and many other notable designers and models such as Jason Wu, Anna Wintour, Lily Donaldson, and Joseph Altuzarra.

Below are pictures of the finalists with their dates, wearing the creations for the contest.

CFDA / VOGUE FASHION FUND Design Challenge CocktailMiami: Wes Gordon and Lily Donaldson

CFDA / VOGUE FASHION FUND Design Challenge CocktailNew Orleans: Cora Emmanuel and Eva Fehren

CFDA / VOGUE FASHION FUND Design Challenge CocktailAustin: Gigi Burris and Drake Burnette

CFDA / VOGUE FASHION FUND Design Challenge CocktailNew York: Paul Andrew and Andreea Diaconu

Fashion’s Finest Head to the White House for Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama at the Ribbon Cutting and Press Preview for Anna Wintour Costume Center and Charles James: Beyond Fashion COSTUME INSTITUTE Exhibition. Photo by Joe Schildhorn /BFAnyc.com

Fashion’s finest headed to Washington yesterday as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Reach Higher” Initiative which invited 16 high school students–Parsons Scholars (a program that provides art, design, and fashion education to underprivileged youth) to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Gathered amongst many of the greatest successes in the industry: Anna Wintour introduced Michelle Obama. Eva Chen, Phillip Lim, Diane von Furstenberg, Maria Cornejo, Jason Wu, and Jenna Lyons and more fashion figures were also in attendance. The students received career advice in the rare form of speeches from the First Lady of the U.S.A., and the First Lady of fashion, Ms. Wintour.

“Fashion is about so much more than just a pretty pair of pumps or the perfect hemline.  For so many people across the country, it is a calling, it is a career, and it’s a way they feed their families.  So that’s why we thought it was important to bring the industry to the White House, and to share it with all of you who are coming up in the next generation,” Ms. Obama said, in a speech excerpt that actually got me a little teary.

The young designers we’ll surely soon be clamoring for were set to task to decorate the East Room with 600 recycled books, which were transformed into table centerpieces, napkin rings, a backdrop for the speakers, and (my personal fave) a lectern specifically designed to never obstruct views of Mrs. Obama’s dress. Appropriately, the dress was an incredible student-designed piece by Natalya Koval of FIT, who clearly ran with the opportunity to show off those famous arms.

Sounds like it was a truly special occasion! #FOMO

Some of our favorite Reach Higher moments from Instagram:

 

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Jackie, @prabalgurung, and me at the White House. #fashionedu

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Thank you for your lovely words @flotus @michelleobama today has been amazing. #fashionedu @reachhigher2020 @whitehouse Regram @bibicornejoborthwick View on Instagram

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had to do it!- #whitehouse #31philliplim #fashionedu

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“We want you to see firsthand that a solid education and the willingness to work hard is really at the core of what it’s going to take to achieve your goals: education and hard work.” —The First Lady to #FashionEdu Thank you to all the leaders in the fashion industry who encouraged the students at today’s Fashion Education Workshop to #ReachHigher in their education. View on Instagram

 

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Fashion group at the White House ! Zac , Vera, Edward, Naomi, Lazaro ! @edward_enninful @iamnaomicampbell @lazaro @zac_posen Wonderful evening ! Love Diane @michelleobama #fashionedu

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A very inspiring speech from our First Lady ! @MichelleObama #fashionedu @reachhigher2020 Love Diane

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