Anna Wintour: Fashion Must Take A Strong Stand For Democratic Party Values + Female Leadership

Anna Wintour attends the 72nd annual Tony Awards in New York City in June 2018  Image by Walter McBride  via CNN

Anna Wintour attends the 72nd annual Tony Awards in New York City in June 2018 Image by Walter McBride via CNN

CNN's Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour interviewed Vogue’s Anna Wintour in New York on Friday April 5, 2019.

Wintour’s 2019 Met Gala is scheduled for May 6, with the theme ‘Camp Notes on Fashion’ , a topic at the heart of Gucci’s brand revival under creative director Alessandro Michele. Curated by Andrew Bolton, the exhibit opens to the public on May 9.

"I like to say that we go from sun kings to drag queens in the show; it's to be hoped that there will be plenty of both, not only at the gala but also coming to see the exhibition," Wintour says about the exhibit.

The organizing committee for the event includes the top names in fashion and especially acting, with Bradley Cooper, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Lopez with fiance Alex Rodriguez on the list. For a complete rundown, read The Hollywood Reporter.

Last year’s theme focused on the Vatican’s influence on fashion, giving Lena Waithe the opportunity to make a major fashion statement in the time of Trump. Wintour talks politics and values with Amanpour.

Lena Waithe at the 2018 Met Gala wearing a rainbow pride flag cape designed by Carolina Herrera. (Getty Images  via The Evening Standard.)

Lena Waithe at the 2018 Met Gala wearing a rainbow pride flag cape designed by Carolina Herrera. (Getty Images via The Evening Standard.)

Amanpour writes that Wintour referenced multiple times during the interview the need of “taking a stand”. Both her support of Hillary Clinton and agony over the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency are well documented. Wintour put Michelle Obama on Vogue's cover three times, and the magazine has recently profiled Senator Kamala Harris and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Asked about Vogue's forays into politics, Wintour said: "I don't think it's a moment not to take a stand ... I believe, as I think those of us who work at Condé Nast believe, that you have to stand up for what you believe in and you have to take a point of view."

Asked about the majority of Vogue political figures being Democrats, the editor-in-chief responded: "I think it's very, very important to have a point of view, and we profile women in the magazine that we believe in ... After the defeat of Secretary Clinton in 2016 (in particular), we believe that women should have a leadership position and we intend to support them."

New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern, who received a staggering amount of praise for her response to the terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, is another female politician with major support from Vogue and Wintour herself. "I think that she's an exceptionally direct, articulate person," Wintour said of Ardern. "And there is no sense that she's ever on message.

"She truly brought the country together in such a remarkable way that I haven't seen many other leaders achieve. And she was just so moving, and when she said, 'we are all one country,' it was a message that a lot of other leaders could learn from."

Anna Wintour will celebrate her 70th birthday this year, and Condé Nast insists she’s not going anywhere. Amanpour’s interview happened the day after Condé Nast appointed Roger Lynch, former CEO of the music streaming service Pandora, as its first global chief executive.

"Anna Wintour is an incredibly talented and creative leader whose influence is beyond measure," Sauerberg's statement read. "She is integral to the future of our company's transformation and has agreed to work with me indefinitely in her role as editor-in-chief, Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast."

WWD quotes insiders as saying that British Vogue editor in chief Edward Enninful, most frequently brought up as Wintour’s future replacement, is not headed Stateside.

"Edward is a brilliant editor," Wintour tells Amanpour. "And I think he's really, in his fearless style of editing, brought a completely different point of view to British Vogue -- with no disrespect to the editor that was there for many years before Edward.

"I think that he's very passionate about race. He's very passionate about politics ... He is taking a stand and he is not trying to please everybody, because you can't in this day and age."

Models Of Color Are Thriving In Today's Fashion Industry. Do Hair Stylists Need To Go Back To School?

Models Anabel Krasnotsvetova + Olivia Anakwe by Nicolas Kantor for Bobbie Brown Extra Lip Campaign

Models Anabel Krasnotsvetova + Olivia Anakwe by Nicolas Kantor for Bobbie Brown Extra Lip Campaign

Model Olivia Anakwe Calls Out Hairstylists Who Can’t Do Black Hair at Fashion Shows by Jessica Andrews for Teen Vogue

Olivia Anakwe: “Fashion brands are getting praise for being inclusive and casting black models, but they are still not hiring creatives who are skilled enough to style textured hair. "No matter how small your team is, make sure you have one person that is competent at doing afro texture hair care OR just hire a black hairstylist," Anakwe wrote.

Jessica Andrews: For Bustle's "Good Hair" series, writer Faith Cummings reached out to hairstylists to address the disparity in cosmetology schools. She spoke with Topher Gross, a stylist at New York City’s Seagull Salon, who said "it's likely a result of many beauty schools centering their training on fine, straight hair, inherently excluding natural hair and kinkier textures.” He told her, “You [have to] go back to school or [pay to] get extra training for textured, natural, and ethnic hair. That’s a huge problem. Every stylist should know and be trained to cut, style, and/or color all textures [from the start]."

Supermodel Naomi campbell says not much has changed in the fashion industry, when the topic is professional hair stylists who can handle all types of hair. This issue is even more challenging today, given the very significant influx of diverse models into fashion. It’s hard to believe that this diversity trend will be short-lived, as younger consumers demand diversity and inclusivity from brands they support and millions of people of every age are thrilled by the change.

If models of color continue to encounter hair stylists only handling select types of hair and actually having the kind of racial arrogance that Anake has experienced, they should compete for a smaller number of hair stylist slot, opening up new opportunities for hair stylists who have the skills. The designer can fix this issue instantaneously by asking the right questions about his/her fashion show teams. With the dramatic number of models of color walking shows, it seems that several capable, credentialed on all types of hair stylists are needed.

No model of color needs a racial putdown from a hairstylist. Period.

Also, the industry — including rep agencies — must encourage that their hairstylists have these accredited or professionally validated skills in handling all types of hair. If their rosters do not include these hair stylists, the agencies must find them. These credentials should be posted online at their agencies as part of their portfolio. If a hairdresser is only able to handle white girls hair, that fact should be known before booking. There are racial bias changes that are far more difficult to tackle. This is not one of them. Fix it, fashion industry. ~ Anne

Olivia Anake features at AOC

'Paris Good Fashion' Launches 5-Year Plan Making Paris Center Of Sustainable Fashion Industry

Merci store Paris. Photo by  Robin Benzrihem  on  Unsplash

Merci store Paris. Photo by Robin Benzrihem on Unsplash

The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of the world’s carbon footprint and is considered to be the second biggest polluter of fresh water globally, producting 20% of the world’s industrial wastewater. Forbes adds that the global fashion industry uses 24% of insecticides and 11% of pesticides required to produce crops used in garments.

Until now, London has led the international pace in the fashion sustainability movement. This week, Paris weighed in with a new five-year plan designed to establish French credentials in this critical arena of public policy and environmental action.

Called ‘Paris Good Fashion,’ the project outlines a five-year plan to build an open, collaborative community of fashion professionals, entrepreneurs, designers and experts working together to make Paris a sustainable fashion capital.

Frédéric Hocquard, deputy to Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, and Antoinette Guhl, deputy in charge of social economy and solidarity, as well as former fashion journalist Isabelle Lefort, promised a more comprehensive project outline at a June 2019 event that will also feature campaigns promoting fashion recycling and conferences surrounding sustainable discussions.

Starting in 2014, the city’s leadership committed to becoming sustainable and socially responsible, and put the circular economy at the heart of new actions, according to the mayor’s office. Several organizations currently support the fashion sector, the city says. They include a boutique called La Textilerie that serves coffee, sells organic cotton fabric and used clothing, and offers workshops in an effort to help Parisians rethink their relationship with clothing.

Fashion is big business for Paris, with the city recently publishing these statistics:

  • 1.2 billion euros spent on fashion in Paris annually

  • 400 fashion shows per year, 50% of them foreign brands

  • 27 trade shows hosting 14,000 exhibitors, 75% of which are foreign brands

  • 100,000 individual visitors attending fashion shows annually

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The ‘Paris Good Fashion’ initiative’s end date will coincide with the 2024 Summer Olympics scheduled to take place in Paris.

In addition to city officials, initiative participants include the L’Institut Français de la Mode, the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, Eyes on Talent, the Ellen McArthur Foundation, and Les Ateliers de Paris.

“Our role is to encourage creation while fighting against climate change, to continue production in France while protecting natural resources and to develop our industry while looking out for our artisans,” Antoinette Guhl said, according to WWD. “I hope this day marks the beginning of a collective movement within the fashion industry.”

London designer Stella McCartney is among the most prominent fashion industry professionals with a long and unyielding commitment to sustainable fashion. McCartney has a long, focused relationship with the Ellen McArthus Foundation.