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The September Issue

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What I’m really excited about this autumn… is this!

Anna Wintour, Editor of American Vogue and allegedly the most powerful fashion authority in the world today, guides us through the conception and preparation of the year’s most important issue. In actual fact, I know very little about fashion and about Anna Wintour, but from what I’ve read and seen, I’ve come to believe that, if she is indeed the most powerful fashion authority in the world today,  she must be a woman with one heck of a sense of humour.

Let me explain. It is frequently mentioned in all kinds of articles about Ms. Wintour that she literally ordains what fashion designers should offer the public and that, consequently, she is the indirect originator of fashion trends around the world. Now it just so happens that I’ve often found myself wondering whether all this public disgrace that is the face of “street fashion” (simply meaning fashion which is worn on the streets by “ordinary” people) could just possibly be the source of immense amusement to some ingenious mind who would also be the originator of at least some of these obscenities.

Imagine the hypothetical Goddess of fashion on the top of a mountain of glass and steel, overlooking the Central Garden of Eden, sipping her macchiato and thinking to herself as she observes the belittled crowds below: “What would make these scattered souls look completely ridiculous?” Looking away from the window thoughtfully, her alert glance catches an oriental print hanging on her office wall. A smile creeps to her thin lips. “I have it!” She triumphs, “sarouels should do it! Just imagine! EVERYONE looking like blasted penguins all summer long, hobbling about awkwardly and feeling cool about themselves. Happy Feet my arse!” She falls back in her chair, cackling wildly and spurting coffee all over her blouse, laughing even more wildly as she gets carried away by the idea, until she falls from her huge leather throne backwards and helplessly wiggles her spindly legs in the air, struggling to get up… I digress, but you get the idea.

What I find interesting is that if you even haphazardly follow what Ms. Wintour has been wearing these past 20 years, you will discover that she, herself, sticks to a very classical wardrobe. Perhaps, despite her occupation, she has the same take on fashion as Oscar Wilde, who said that fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable we have to alter it every six months.

Who knows? Nevertheless, I’m sure the movie will be fantastic.


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