Love her or fear her, Anna Wintour is one of — if not the most — influential people in the fashion industry. She may not have become an ambassador, but as of March 13, she adds artistic director of Condé Nast to her job description.
Wintour has been with Vogue for 25 years. She took the magazine in new and stunning directions when she decided to feature celebrities as cover stars. She has contributed immensely to the continued success of the fashion industry by chairing the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and starting Fashion’s Night Out despite the economic downturn that began in 2008. Now, while remaining editor-in-chief of Vogue, she will take on the position of artistic director created for her by Condé Nast executives. In this role, she will oversee the artistic direction of not only the publisher but a number of other publications by the company including The New Yorker and Vanity Fair. Her role as artistic director will also include the duties of S.I. Newhouse Jr., which include overseeing some of the editorial processes of the other publications. [via The Daily Beast]
I’m thrilled to see the changes she makes to Condé Nast’s publications and to the direction of the company as well. I see Wintour as a taste maker. That’s not to say that her opinions and views are the correct ones, but this is the woman who (after my mom, of course) taught me what style is. Also, although many criticize her coldness, I feel that it isn’t as much that she’s cold as ambitious. Maybe I feel like that because I’ve never met or worked for her before and I’m not close with anyone who has. But it is certain that she has great focus and drive, and above all, vision for her magazine. Hopefully she can channel that vision to revamp its parent company.
How do you feel about Anna Wintour, Lovelies? Do you think she’ll bring a fresh take to Condé Nast?