Anna Wintour's advice to fashion students
Just ask aunty Anna
Two of the fashion industry's leading names in the publishing world joined forces this week, as Suzy Menkes, Vogue's latest International Editor, sat alongside the title's Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour for an innovative discussion at prestigious London design school, Central Saint Martins.
Wintour - one of the world's biggest fashion influencers - shared some insightful advice to fashion students, young designers and journalists on fame versus success, runway shows versus presentations and red carpet events.
While discussing the red carpet, Wintour choose the Tony Awards as her topic of choice, telling the aspiring designers, "The red carpet, in the United States, has become too much of a business. It's a fact that celebrities are paid to wear everything and to me that sometimes comes across as very manufactured and individual. I was just recently at the Tony Awards in New York and, God, they need your help. Let me tell you, it was a disaster."
When it comes to runway shows versus presentations, Wintour was all for presentations stating, "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 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."
On fame versus success, Wintour explained to the students that, "It's possible in today's world to be instantly famous, whether it's through Instagram or whatever platform it may be, but it's a very different matter to be successful financially and in the long term. I personally would advise you to think carefully before you start your own business and consider possibly working for a designer or a company whose work you admire."