Anna on the cover of WSJ Magazine. Photo by Mario Testino.
There’s a great article in the April 2010 issue of Wall Street Journal Magazine about Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour. One of the things I found most interesting was the writer pointing out that Anna isn’t grooming anyone to take over her job. What would be the point? Diana Vreeland didn’t groom Grace Mirabella (Vreeland and Mirabella being the last two Vogue Editors before Anna, respectively), and Grace certainly didn’t groom Anna. I got the feeling from reading Grace’s book, In and Out of Vogue, that she despises Anna Wintour and did the whole time they worked together. Anyway, when someone is named Editor in Chief of Vogue they usually appoint a whole new staff.
I have to say, Anna is only 61, do we even have to hear retirement rumors? I think she still brings a lot to both the fashion industry and Vogue, I wouldn’t want the magazine to be helmed by a 30-year-old. Anna has that cumulative knowledge about fashion and magazines that not many could replicate. She’s not always perfect—for instance, the loving gaze on trust fund girls gets tiresome, and I wish she’d clear the cover of text and just feature the model’s picture and the magazine title, like they do on the subscriber cover of Harper’s Bazaar, but April’s issue is fantastic. From an article about American couturier of the 1940’s and 50’s Charles James, to a profile of pop diva hottie Rihanna, to a piece on a Vogue writer attempting to give up her nightly glass of wine (girl, why would you ever want to do that?), it’s definitely a keeper. So is Anna. I, for one, hope she’s around for awhile more, though I know that not everyone likes her. What do YOU think?