Today looks to be a day of revelations. First up we had our first look at Gisele's Vogue Paris spread in full, and now it's the Wall Street Journal Magazine's in depth profile on Anna Wintour that has our attention. The article gives a fascinating insight into the all-powerful editor in chief of American Vogue, via her own words and those of friends and colleagues like Marc Jacobs, Baz Luhrmann, Calvin Klein and the filmmaker of The September Issue, R.J Cutler. We picked some choice quotes, or you can read it in full here.
Baz Luhrmann on Anna: "Those people helped me see Moulin Rouge! through its birth pangs...I always talk to Anna about what I'm up to...and I always listen to what she has to say."
Calvin Klein on Anna: "She was a powerhouse, this tiny, beautiful woman who you think just lives and dies for fashion."
R.J. Cutler. film maker of The September Issue: "You can make a film in Hollywood without Steven Spielberg's blessing, and you can publish software in Silicon Valley without Bill Gates's blessing, but it's pretty clear to me you can't succeed in the fashion industry without Anna Wintour's blessing."
Anna on John Galliano's dismissal at Dior: "This is all so tragic."keep reading . . .
Marc Jacobs on Anna: "She gets such a bad rap. She stands by the people she believes in, and if you're not one of those people, perhaps you take a different view."
Anna on the clique of Vogue: "I try to remain open to new people, but obviously there's a stronger element of trust with people you've known for a long time...I think we have a Vogue vocabulary, and there are certain people we like to have as the backbone of the magazine — Vogue's signposts. We try very hard to integrate the familiar signatures with people we feel are new and up-and-coming, but I would rather err on the side of being a little more familiar than being too . . . What's the right word? . . . Edgy."
I.S Newhouse on the possibility of Wintour leaving Vogue: "Never. I hope she's here 10 years from now, 20 years from now.
Anna on the Vogue brand: "With all the new media outlets out there, with all the noise, a voice of authority and calm like Vogue becomes more important than ever. The more eyes on fashion, the more opinions about fashion, the more exploration of fashion around the world, the better it is for Vogue. Vogue is like Nike or Coca-Cola — this huge global brand. I want to enhance it, I want to protect it, and I want it to be part of the conversation."