Thursday, August 27, 2009

Rhymes With "Witch"...

Who is that skinny woman in a blond bob, black sunglasses and a fur coat? Chances are it's one of the most powerful women in the world, Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue, for the last 20 years, and appearing in R. J. Cutler's The September Issue movie. According to Cutler, in an interview on NPR, all Anna has to do is walk away from a conversation, and you know you've failed. There's no flaring of the arms or throwing things to make her point. She's just that powerful.
"People are scared of fashion — because they're frightened or insecure, so they put it down...There is something about fashion that can make people very nervous," said Anna Wintour as reported in Jezebel.
Rumor has it that Miranda Priestly, the "devil" in the 2003 book The Devil Wears Prada, written by Lauren Weisberger, is really Anna Wintour. The Daily Dish reports that Wintour had attended the premier of The Devil Wears Prada, starring Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, but she chose not to pose on the red carpet with Streep.
It is important to note, however, that many would say that Anna Wintour, in a recent appearance with David Letterman, did not come off anything close to a Miranda Priestly. So what to think?
Until now, we've had to go by what we heard about the great Anna Wintour. Maybe now with Cutler's new documentary The September Issue, that will change. But, why is it called "The September Issue"? Well, the Vogue issue that comes out every September is that huge magazine that fashion enthusiasts wait for. It is the largest and heaviest magazine available, weighing in at four pounds, and containing some of the most beautiful fashion photography you'll see all year. Much of it can be credited to Vogue's creative director Grace Coddington.
Of course, it also contains over-priced sandals and blouses, what most everyday people are unable to afford. So why the universal appeal? Well, for starters, the September issue of Vogue is like a dream book; like a work of art. Still, in this economy, a four pound book full of beautiful advertisements and over-priced clothes may be a dream book for more than just the broke. It may be the last of its kind.
The September Issue movie, staring Anna Wintour, follows Anna and her flock through nine months worth of planning, shooting, and laying out for Vogue's 2007 September issue- the publication's largest issue in history. Premiering August 28 in New York, and September 11 everywhere else, it also looks at Grace Coddington, the creative director over at Vogue and new designer Thakoon.

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