The Women of Fashion Speak: Anna Wintour, Anna Dello Russo, Rei Kawakubo, and Grace Coddington


The Women of Fashion Speak: Anna Wintour, Anna Dello Russo, Rei Kawakubo, and Grace Coddington

Once androgynous and minimalist: Anna Dello Russo by Helmut Newton, 1996.

We’ve been spoiled with relatively candid interviews with some of fashion’s top influencers this week. Here’s what we’re hearing…

Anna Wintour may be responsible for Barack Obama’s re-election

In an interview with The Telegraph, Vogue editor Anna Wintour is far too modest about her political power:

“It’s no secret that I worked very hard for the president this campaign… And it’s very rewarding to see that money can’t buy the White House, which is what the Republicans were trying to do with all those hundreds of millions of dollars that the Super PACs were raising. I’m so grateful that the president will have a second term.”

Ostentatious Anna Dello Russo used to be a minimalist

Profiled for, Dello Russo explains there is no difference between being victimized by understatement and her current take-my-picture style:

“I was really fashion victim—I still am really fashion victim… I was following a different type of fashion at that time, which was minimalism. Big trend. Low-key, totally androgynous. I used to wear lots of men’s clothes. Yohji, Comme. I was also not visible at this time.”

Rei Kawakubo is still Rei Kawakubo (amazing)

In an exclusive with Women’s Wear Daily, Rei Kawakubo makes statements:

“The more people that are afraid when they see new creation, the happier I am…”

“I think the media has some responsibility to bear for people becoming more conservative. Many parts of the media have created the situation where uninteresting fashion can thrive.”

Grace Coddinton swears a lot

With the release of her new memoir, Grace Coddington is everywhere this week. She is profiled most wonderfully in The New York Times:

“I’m not good with words… They gave me media training… And I was a total failure. They were like, ‘Oh, can’t say that, oh, you can’t say that, and it’s not politically correct to say that, and don’t swear.’ But I swear like a trooper.”

“John Galliano, whom I adored — gone; Helmut Lang, major talent — gone… Hopefully Nicolas won’t just give up and walk away. He’s too good, too strong, too brilliant, too passionate.”