Debate Season Turns to Fashion

March 5, 2008 • Magazine


Before we know it, the presidential primaries will come to a conclusion. Although it won’t be necessary, Mike Huckabee will step down and announce his endorsement of John McCain, all the while receiving a round of applause for his persistency that stopped short of mattering back in January. On the other end of the spectrum, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama had one last brawl, a last gasp for air, after all this terribly safe and repetitive debating and one will be named the Democratic candidate.

Fortunately, McCain v. ‘Fill in the Blank’ isn’t the only debate the public can look forward to, because it seems there are two other famous figures looming on the horizon of a different kind of debate. One that will focus on style and talent, as well as charisma and respect. I’m not talking about politicians, but two of the most powerful women in the fashion industry; Anna Wintour and Carine Roitfeld (and and the whole continent of Europe is backing the Parisian Editor).

A story that ran in New York Magaine in February quoted Roitfeld saying, "I will never be a business girl, but I will say, for Anna Wintour, that I respect successful people, I like things that are success. But this is really American." She also referred to the fashion editors across the pond as "slick". Around the same time, Wintour is reported to have sent letters to Italian designers requesting they show their collections over a shorter period of time due to the weakness of the American dollar compared to the euro. Wintour got her way, as Milan Fashion Week was indeed compressed into fewer day than past years. However, the tension was building and several Italian designers were blunt in expressing a certain distaste for the American Vogue editor. While standing right next to her during a press conference for the Costume Gala’s "Superheroes"  exhibit, Georgio Armani expressed his indifference to the woman who once said that "the Armani era is over." Further more, Roberto Cavalli mentioned to reporters backstage before his Just Cavalli show that perhaps Italian designers should just pull their advertising from American magazines. The designer is reported to have also claimed, "I don’t need her in my front row."

I wonder what the front row in Paris was like last week!? I bet you could have cut the tension with a knife!

—Emilie Furda

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Source: NYmag

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