The most famous and powerful person in fashion, Anna Wintour rose through the publishing ranks to become editor-in-chief of American <i>Vogue</i>. While her imperious, reserved manner, bob...
Legendary Vogue editor Anna Wintour is now a mother-in-law. Her son Charles Shaffer wed his fiancee Elizabeth Cordry at the fashion icon's estate in New York. The couple met while studying at Oxford University in England.
Vogue U.S. editor Anna Wintour has joined a boycott of the Dorchester Collection hotel chain in protest at the owner's decision to implement anti-gay laws in his native country. In a statement issued to the New York Times, Wintour, who is also artistic director of Conde Nast, said she and other Vogue editors will not be staying at Le Meurice hotel in Paris, France, which is part of the chain and a favourite for fashion's elite.
She tells the newspaper via a spokesperson, "While I am sensitive to the potential impact that this issue may have on the wonderful staff at Le Meurice, I cannot in all good conscience stay there, nor can Vogue's editors." A spokesperson for Conde Nast also revealed each of the company's individual brands have elected to boycott the hotel chain, with Glamour editor Cindi Leive adding, "I don't think this is a political issue. This is about basic human rights. No hotel is nice enough for that."
Wintour joins high profiles names including Sharon Osbourne, Sir Richard Branson and Jay Leno in refusing to stay at the hotels in protest at the owner - Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah - adopting a harsh Sharia Law penal code calling for homosexuality and adultery to be punishable by death.
Superstars including Selena Gomez, Jessica Alba, and Anne Hathaway flocked to an A-list bash thrown by Rihanna following the glamorous Met Costume Institute Gala in New York City on Monday (05May14). Rihanna was among the guests who glided down the red carpet in their best gowns for the annual fashion gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
However, after the tame affair, guests managed to let their hair down at a raucous afterparty thrown by the Umbrella hitmaker at the Up & Down club.
Stars including Kristen Wiig and Nicole Ritchie reportedly hopped on a party bus fitted with a stripper pole to commute to the venue, where celebrities such as Gomez, Alba, Hathaway, Bradley Cooper and Naomi Campbell were all in attendance.
Pop pals Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez dispelled speculation they have fallen out by dancing together at the glitzy 2014 Met Costume Institute Gala in New York City on Monday (05May14).
The pair was among the stylish celebrities who walked the red carpet at the annual fashion bash at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Rumours have swirled in recent weeks that Gomez had been involved in a bust-up with Swift, as well as their pals Kendall and Kylie Jenner, following an alleged showdown at Coachella music festival in California last month (Apr14).
The reports intensified when the singer/actress deleted all her Instagram friends, as well as all pictures of her with Swift and the Jenners, but they appeared to be back on friendly terms when they bumped into each other at the bash. Gomez posted a video on her Instagram account of the duo dancing their way into the gala, alongside the caption: "sometimes you wanna just be you with someone who knows all your secrets."
Hip-hop star Jay Z staged a mock proposal to wife Beyonce on the red carpet for the 2014 Met Costume Institute Gala after she dropped one of her rings. The superstar couple were among the A-list guests at the annual New York City event on Monday (05Apr14).
The Crazy in Love hitmaker donned a sheer black Givenchy dress with a veil headpiece, but when she dropped one of her Lorraine Schwartz rings, her chivalrous husband was quick to pick up and perform a pretendproposal in front of photographers.
Beyonce and Jay Z weren't the only head-turning couple at the charity ball - Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, Victoria and David Beckham, Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady, Charlize Theron and Sean Penn, Johnny Depp and his new fiancee Amber Heard, and Michael Sheen and Sarah Silverman, were all among the attendees.
The bash, overseen by Vogue U.S. editor Anna Wintour, was co-hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker and Bradley Cooper, and was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Madonna put the organisers of Monday night's (05May14) Costume Institute Gala in New York on high alert hours before the red carpet opened by suggesting she would show up wearing nothing but a thin layer of bandages.
The Material Girl, who has made a habit of shocking with her fashion choices at the annual Met Gala, took to her Instagram.com page as she prepared for her big night out and revealed what she was planning wear. The pop superstar's ensemble featured what appeared to be a loose-fitting mummy outfit, which left her breasts fully exposed.
Over the image, she posted a red label which read: "Censored", and captioned the photo: "What i wanted to wear to Met Ball but Anna said Not this year! So I'm gonna work on music instead?" Anna is a reference to U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who oversees the Met Gala.
Meanwhile, a male streaker kicked off this year's Met Gala when he attempted to gatecrash the red carpet. The unnamed exhibitionist was wearing nothing but a pink mankini and a gold chain.
Sir Mick Jagger paid a musical tribute to his late girlfriend L'Wren Scott at a memorial service in New York. Scott took her own life in March (14) and a private funeral was held in Los Angeles later that month. Her close friends and family attended a memorial service at St. Bartholomew's Church in the city to celebrate the fashion designer's life on Friday (02May14).
The Rolling Stones frontman sang Bob Dylan's Just Like a Woman as a musical tribute to his longterm girlfriend. He and Scott's brother Randy Bambrough also spoke a few words to the guests. Jagger's son James and Scott's niece, Hannah Bambrough, both read poems, and the singer's grandchildren, Mazie and Zak, read Psalm 23 from the Bible.
R&B singer Lisa Fischer, who has been a back-up singer for the rockers for years, also performed her version of Amazing Grace. Jagger's bandmates Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards attended the service, along with actresses Julianne Moore, Ellen Barkin, Meg Ryan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Olivia Munn and Renee Zellweger, U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and film directors Martin Scorsese and Baz Luhrmann.
Neil Patrick Harris' starring role in the Broadway debut of cult rock musical Hedwig And The Angry Inch has won rave reviews by critics, who have hailed his performance as "fabulous", "outrageous" and "blazingly entertaining". The How I Met Your Mother actor has returned to the Great White Way to star in the musical about a rock 'n' roll band fronted by a transgender East German singer.
The revival of the 1998 Off-Broadway show opened at the Belasco Theatre on Tuesday (22Apr14) and critics have heaped praise on star actor Harris.
Mark Kennedy from the Associated Press writes that Harris "simply crushes it", adding, "Rarely does a role fit a performer so well. Harris is funny, twisted, poignant, outrageous, bizarre, silly and very, very human."
Elysa Gardner from USA Today also praises director Michael Mayer, writing, "Harris, under Michael Mayer's razor-sharp direction, serves it with a blazingly entertaining and ultimately moving performance. The humour here is darker and rawer than the material that has endeared Harris to TV audiences, but he brings the same affable, slightly naughty charm."
Ben Brantley from the New York Times could not fault the actor's ability, adding, "Harris is in full command of who he is and, most excitingly, what he has become with this performance. That's a bona fide Broadway star, the kind who can rule an audience with the blink of a sequined eyelid."
David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter also praised the actor, writing, "Harris is beyond fabulous, holds nothing back and plays it any way but safe in Michael Mayer's exhilarating production."
The opening night was attended by a host of stars including Hollywood actor Sam Rockwell, acting couple Justin Long and Amanda Seyfried, Yoko Ono, U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and Mad Men star Christina Hendricks.
Kelly Osbourne has defended the decision to feature Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the cover of American Vogue magazine, urging critics to "stop raining on their parade". The reality TV star and her rapper fiance are pictured on the cover of Vogue's forthcoming April (14) issue, but their appearance on the front of the fashion Bible has sparked outrage among readers.
However, Fashion Police presenter Osbourne insists style fans have no right to question the decision of Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and brands criticism of the couple "disgusting".
In a blog posted on Tuesday (25Mar14), she writes, "Regardless of whether or not you think Kim and Kanye are worthy enough be on the cover it is, it's not your decision to make. I do believe that would be up to Anna Wintour... She knows what she is doing...
"To all you people bashing Vogue, Kim, Kanye, and Anna stop and really think for a second because I am willing to bet my life that whether you recognise it or not, somewhere hidden deep down inside of all of us is the dream of being on the cover of Vogue!!! So back off stop s**tting on people's dreams that have come true and try for once to be happy for other's success. Stop raining on their parade!"
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has defended her decision to put Kanye West and his reality TV star fiancee Kim Kardashian on the cover of the fashion bible. The celebrity couple graces the front of the upcoming April (14) edition of the magazine, with Kardashian wearing what appears to be a designer wedding down as her rapper fiance hugs her from behind.
The cover, photographed by celebrated snapper Annie Leibovitz, features the headline "Kim & Kanye", while the accompanying tag line reads, "Their fashionable life and surreal times. #WorldsMostTalkedAboutCouple".
Rumours suggested Wintour had been cornered into giving the socialite the honour of becoming a Vogue cover star by West, who had previously ranted about Kardashian's lack of coverage by the prestigious publication.
In October (13), he argued, "There's no way Kim Kardashian shouldn't be on the cover of Vogue. She's like the most intriguing woman right now. She's got (veteran U.S. newswoman) Barbara Walters calling her like everyday... and collectively we're the most influential with clothing."
However, Wintour, who also serves as the creative director of Vogue publishers Conde Nast, insists the decision was made solely in-house.
In the editor's letter of the April issue, Wintour writes, "Part of the pleasure of editing Vogue, one that lies in a long tradition of this magazine, is being able to feature those who define the culture at any given moment, who stir things up, whose presence in the world shapes the way it looks and influences the way we see it.
"I think we can all agree on the fact that that role is currently being played by Kim and Kanye to a T. (Or perhaps that should be to a K?).
"As for the cover, my opinion is that it is both charming and touching, and it was, I should add, entirely our idea to do it; you may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancee on Vogue's cover. He did nothing of the sort.
"Kanye is an amazing performer and cultural provocateur, while Kim, through her strength of character, has created a place for herself in the glare of the world's spotlight, and it takes real guts to do that."
But not everyone is a fan of the cover - actress Sarah Michelle Gellar voiced her opposition via Twitter.com, writing, "Well... I guess I'm canceling my Vogue subscription. Who is with me???"
The most famous and powerful person in fashion, Anna Wintour rose through the publishing ranks to become editor-in-chief of American <i>Vogue</i>. While her imperious, reserved manner, bobbed hair and omnipresent sunglasses added to her legendary reputation as a terrifying and mysterious figure, Wintour was universally recognized for her talent and iron-fisted leadership. Her near-mythic reputation was tweaked when her former assistant, Lauren Weisberger, penned the best-selling roman à clef <i>The Devil Wears Prada</I>, which became a 2006 global blockbuster starring Meryl Streep, who earned an Oscar nomination for her sympathetic, hilarious turn as the Wintour-inspired Miranda Priestly. The "devil" came out angelically, however, with the film and the documentary "The September Issue" (2009), adding to the world's fascination with Wintour and increasing her celebrity exponentially. Feared, famous and ferociously admired, Anna Wintour achieved iconic status as arguably one of the most glamorous household names of all time.<p>Born Nov. 3, 1949 in London, England, Anna Wintour was the daughter of famed newspaper editor Charles Wintour and grew up as ambitious and driven as he was. She cut her professional teeth as an editorial assistant at <i>Harper's & Queen</i>, where she quickly made a name for herself as a fearless visionary who used her conviction and connections to make jaw-droppingly creative shoots happen, no matter what cost or inconvenience to others. While this talent helped her create impressive work, it also irritated higher-ups, and she was fired after nine months as a junior fashion editor at <i>Harper's Bazaar</i>. Wintour resurfaced with stints as fashion editor at <i>Viva</i>, <i>Savvy</I> and <i>New York</i> and made ripples throughout the industry when she told the legendary <i>Vogue</i> editor Grace Mirabella to her face that she wanted her job.<p>Brought on board <i>Vogue</i> as creative director in the early 1980s, she earned the nickname "Nuclear Wintour" for her iron-fisted leadership style as editor-in-chief of British <i>Vogue</i> and then <i>House & Garden</i> before finally landing her long-stated goal: editor-in-chief of American <i>Vogue</i>. Reinvigorating the magazine and striking a nerve by renewing its dedication to haute couture served through the prism of celebrity-driven covers and features, Wintour ascended to the ultimate power position in the fashion industry but garnered controversy for her pro-fur stance and impossibly high work standards. Instantly recognizable for her signature bob and ever-present sunglasses, Wintour was the thinly veiled subject of her former assistant's best-selling novel <i>The Devil Wears Prada</i>, which became a 2006 blockbuster film starring an Oscar-nominated Meryl Streep. The famously frosty Wintour had the last laugh, however, when the hit film and the documentary "The September Issue" (2009) only helped increase her star power.<p><i>By Jonathan Riggs</i>