Did the great Anna Wintour commit a fashion faux pas?
Page Six has learned that the venerable Vogue boss and undisputed high priestess of fashion “wreaked havoc” at New York Fashion Week when she left town early to prepare for her Vogue World magazine extravaganza. London.
The move would have left designers scrambling to finish their collections so they could show Wintour in advance.
This year’s citywide fashion festival just wrapped up on Wednesday, but we’re hearing that Wintour — the go-to front-row sungla*s wearer — left the Big Apple last weekend to head across the pond by plane.
A source tells us that fashion designers, who were showing during the week, had to “hurry up and prepare their creations a few days before” to make a private presentation to Wintour, “causing enormous stress since most of the time the collections are finished at the last minute. .”
“It wreaked havoc during fashion week,” quipped a source.
Wintour was also noticeably absent from the shows she usually attends, like the Michael Kors show on Monday. At the forefront of the stars were always Halle Berry, Blake Lively and Ariana DeBose.
The New York Times reported that at Thursday’s Vogue World show, “Wintour’s full power was on display, with insiders saying she persuaded Michael Kors to shift his New York show by a day so that models can fly to London in time.
A source close to Vogue tells us that Wintour “spoke with designers ahead of NYFW and explained to Vogue World and why she would miss the shows.” Everyone understood and appreciated the mission of Vogue World.
The insider continued: “Anna has always been a tireless champion of NYFW, and last year’s Vogue World was a love letter to her. In fact, I don’t believe she ever left prematurely for over 30 years.
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Models Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista walked the runway together. Kate Moss, Emily Ratajkowski and Ashley Graham also strutted their stuff.
Annie Lennox performed and FKA Twigs and Cara Delevingne kissed in front of a celebrity-filled crowd including Leonardo DiCaprio, Sienna Miller, Kate Winslet, Baz Luhrmann, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Jodie Turner-Smith, Maisie Williams, Alexa Chung and British Vogue’s. Edward Enninful, who also organized the event.
The philanthropic event raised more than $2 million, with the money going to London’s arts and cultural institutions such as the National Theatre, Royal Opera House, South Bank Sinfonia and Rambert Dance Company.