Last Friday, Anna Wintour was interviewed with Vogue‘s new international editor Suzy Menkes. And she had some very strong words of advise for hopeful fashion designers at London’s Central Saint Martins College.
Here’s 6 brutal truths of succeeding in this industry from the ruler of fashion herself;
1. It’s really difficult to succeed in your own business straight out of school.
We agree with Anna. You may have a brain full of knowledge from school, but it might be wise to add real life experience to that resume before starting anything on your own. Not only will you know how to run a business a little bit better, but if you have the right job, the people you meet along the way will help you once you actually feel you’re ready to venture off on your own.
2. Find a business partner who understands the numbers.
Every creative needs a business partner who can balance the work load and focus on the not-so-creative aspect of the business. Anna said she hasn’t seen very many successful designers who have managed alone.
3. Learn how to present yourself
Anna says, “In today’s world you have to interact. You can’t really be some difficult, shy person who is not able to look somebody in the face: you have to present yourself. You have to know how to talk about your vision, your focus and what you believe in. If you can’t be passionate about who you are and what you are doing: how can they [your audience] be?”
4. Presentations work just as well—if not better than—staging a runway show.
Anna says, “Please listen to me when I say: an interesting creative presentation is just as effective as a fashion show. I see people who are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars on fashion shows, which I simply don’t think is necessary. A presentation gives us all an opportunity to meet you, rather than to go and sit in some dark room somewhere and wait for you to start; then [have] no time to say hello, and rush off to the next one.”
5. Resort and pre-fall are huge moneymakers, so don’t ignore those collections.
These two collections, the mid-season collections, are 80% of what sells in stores. So get on that.
6. The red carpet needs your help, but don’t expect to dress celebrities right away.
This is probably one of every designers dreams. It would be ideal to have your designs worn by Katy Perry or Angelina Jolie. But Anna shares the fact that the red carpet in the US has become very much like a business rather than dressing celebrities simply. It’s a fact that celebrities are paid to wear everything.
Tanya Taylor, up and coming designer for celebs like Jessica Alba and Rashida Jones, and Kalen Hollomon, a mixed media artist, have come together to make a stand out collaboration. Taylor’s first resort collection came in contact with Kalen Hollomon thanks to Taylor’s love for his collage art which Hollomon explains as, “unorthodox combinations that explore commerce, fashion, gender identity and taboo.” Hollomon has gained popularity thanks to Instagram by posting his collages to which many people reacted positively. Vogue caught onto his brilliance as he takes Tanya Taylor’s design on models in cut out pictures and poses them himself in various backdrops. The placement has seemed to shake up the fashion world for the better with a rejuvenated manner of displaying collections.
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In a world where celebrity weddings seem to inspire more debates than presidential elections, it’s no surprise that the wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West has been the high topic of speculation for months, now.
Oddly enough, the attention loving Kardashian klan is doing a superb job of keeping the Big Day under wraps. So how do all of us detail-hungry gossipers respond? By making up a ton of crazy rumors, of course! But now the time has come to separate the real facts from the not-so facts.
With the wedding just a few short days away, Annex Magazine breaks down the few details that we know for certain:
Fact: The couple will be wed this Friday, May 23rd
Fact: Italian designer Ermanno Scervino has been helping Kimya plan the event
Speculation: Could Kim possibly be walking down the aisle in a Balmain gown? She posted a pic with creative director, Olivier Rousteing, a few weeks ago…
Fact: Unlike her previous wedding, this one will not be filmed for television.
Speculation: Was Ray J actually invited to Kim wedding?? Rumors swirl about a potential gift he might be sending the couple
Fact: Lana Del Rey is set to perform at the ceremony
Fact: Kim will have her princess wedding as they will be having their wedding at a chateau in Florence.
Fact: Guests will be flown out in a private jet after a tour of Versailles
Fact: Vogue is the only media outlet that will be allowed to cover the brunch on Friday, before the ceremony
Fact: The Belvedere Fort in Florence was rented out by the couple for $410,000
Fact: Guests will be receiving private security and private cell phones to increase secrecy
Speculation: Kanye had everyone involved in the wedding preparations sign a 15 page confidentiality agreement
Fact: Mario Dedivanovic, celebrity makeup artist, will be handling Kim’s face for the big day
Fact: Wedding Brunch will be held on Friday at Valentino’s Chateau de Wideville
Speculation: Kim underwent a $550 facial in LA before leaving Paris
Speculation: Kanye has reportedly constulted with A.P.C creative director Jean Touitou in regards to his own attire
Anna Wintour is many, many things. A genius, a fashionista, a designer, a fashion mogul and idol to many. That being said, she is known for her reputation as being…. Well… Not so nice, in addition to never doing interviews on shows. Suffice to say people were shocked and amazed when she stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers with her gal pal Sarah Jessica Parker. The duo dished on the events of the Met Gala, which took place earlier this week.
While discussing the immense amount of money raised at the event, approximately $12 million, the fashion goddess even joked around with Seth Meyers showing a much more playful side to her than many never knew existed. They discussed their favorites of the night, and those who were well, unsatisfactory, for lack of a better word. The interview ended with Seth discussing how each year has a theme and how people are supposed to dress accordingly. He then pointed out that the previous year’s theme was “punk” and how Wintour herself didn’t stick to the theme by donning a floral dress. Her response? “Seth, my punk days are behind me.”
Gotta love her.
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1. She’s modest. Emma doesn’t see herself as a style icon–although she clearly is!
2. She has new film in the works…although, she couldn’t give any specifics yet. Yay–More Emma!
3. Her off-screen romance with co-star Andrew Garfield is the real deal. Although, she’s usually super private about their relationship, Emma admitted to Vogue that Andrew is a “very important person” to her.
4. She’s a kid at heart. Emma requested that the interview be conducted at a Build-a-Bear workshop. No, we’re not joking…
5. She’s never seen Easy A. For real, she never watched this movie even though she starred in it! She didn’t even watch it at the premier? “I went across the street and had some fries [instead],” confessed the actress.
Michelle Obama and Anna Wintour seem to be pretty big fans of one another. Through various collaborations and even a couple of Vogue covers for the First Lady, the two seem to get along well and on May 5th we’ll see them both again at the Met Gala. Michelle Obama will be cutting the ribbon for the opening of the newly renovated wing for the Anna Wintour Costume Center.
The infamous designer’s influence on the fashionable First Lady’s sense of style is said to stem from her loyalty to the Obama family. Wintour helped massively with fundraising for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign and has since kept in contact with the family. NYPost.com explained, “Because of her close relationship with Anna Wintour, Mrs. Obama will attend the naming ceremony. There was some talk about her attending the Met Gala itself, but it was decided that her attendance would require huge extra security and screening at the party, which could inconvenience others. Guests wearing gowns wouldn’t wish to go through metal detectors or be patted down on their way into the ball.”
Looks like Vogue may be regretting their decision to feature Kimye in their magazine. The April shoot, which meant a long awaited cover for Kim Kardashian, has seemed to bring down some trouble on Anna Wintour and her team at Vogue. According to The Post, Rickey Spicer, who has already sued West before, is now trying to sue the magazine for supposedly using one of his songs in their behind-the-scenes video of the shoot.
Spicer’s rep stated that, “his voice is used substantially throughout the video, comprising approximately 44 percent of the lyrics” and that all this took place without consent or authorization. Kanye West apparently lobbied Anna Wintour into getting Kim on the cover stating that she was “more relevant to fashion” than Michelle Obama. Wintour may have thought it a good idea at the time, but the repercussions may be causing more trouble than the cover was worth.
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Regardless of the initial controversy surrounding Kimye’s cover of Vogue Magazine, the issue is set to be the highest-selling issue of the magazine to-date.
The April 2014 cover of Vogue features Kim Kardashian and boyfriend Kanye West in a wedding-themed shoot. Many critics were outraged by the cover, claiming Kim had no standing to be on the cover of the fashion bible. Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar even took to Twitter to publicize her disapproval, going so far as to tweet, “I guess I’m canceling my Vogue subscription.”
Despite the haters, though, the Kimye issue is being forecasted to sell 400,000 copies–that’s more than both Beyonce’s and Michelle Obama’s covers!
We guess, at the end of the day, the all-powerful Anna Wintour is always going to get the last laugh.
Internet’s favorite cat has visited the fashion mecca!
Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, visited the Vogue offices and even took a picture in the arms of Grace Coddington. The famous cat, whose birthday takes place this Friday according to Wikipedia, was invited to Vogue in honor of her second birthday. We wish we could celebrate our birthday a la Vogue just like Grumpy Cat. Though editor-in-chief Anna Wintour was nowhere in sight during the meeting, Grumpy Cat seemed to enjoy herself, though it may not be apparent in her expression.
A huge happy birthday to you Grumpy Cat from Annex Magazine!
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Uh-oh! Some serious drama has hit the fashion world this week! Looks like Anna Wintour and Giorgio Armani are about to enter the boxing ring and fight it out. In case you haven’t heard, the final show in Milan took place this Monday and Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief for American Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast, was MIA. The final show’s only well-known, big designer was none other than Giorgio Armani, who did not take the absence well.
In a press conference following the final fashion show, Giorgio had some choice words for Anna. He explained his frustration stating, ”Why should I always be the moron [translating from an Italian expletive] to be penalized because of a person, who, for better or for worse, like or dislike it, is powerful? I feel penalized. She said she was sending her people. But if you go to see your dentist and he puts you in the hands of his assistant, what’s your reaction? They told me, ‘She went to see the [Armani] Prive in Paris; she has no time to see the ready-to-wear in Milan.’ She is influential and powerful. But, perhaps, I’m influential as well.” Anna’s representative at Condé Nast defended Ms. Wintour claiming, ”Anna has the greatest respect for Giorgio Armani and everything he has done for Italy and fashion worldwide. Unfortunately, with the fashion calendar now running for more than a month, there are some shows that Anna is not able to attend.”
Let’s hope they figure things out soon because, let’s face it, boxing gloves aren’t cute on anyone…
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