anna wintour says her kids are her weakness. after watching her in The September Issue i see why. weakness to Anna is the urge to be warm, encouraging, open, funny and sensitive, emotions which, as the center of the fashion world, Anna does not broadcast. but around her daughter, who says fashion is entertaining but silly, anna shows (big gold) buttoned up affection that sizzles with loneliness and when her daughter says no mom i wont be your successor (anna thinks vogue her royal court). i will be a lawyer. anna hears, she will abandon me. and i’ll be alone with my weakness. i dont care about anna perse, but i care about her power as icon of fashion. i just wish she wasn’t such a bitch cartoon. after all she is a mother, an ex wife, an influential leader and boss. but in her windowless world wintour is not a role model for modern women.
i evolved in fashion a decade after she did, london in the eighties and new york in the nineties. and i remember it as inspired. wild, inclusive, free, and magnanimous. but fashion is no longer the arena where creative women can express themselves. its the industry where we can get lost in the insecurity of everything that we are/have not.
anna wintour is at fashion’s core, and at the core of anna wintour is the belief that her children are her weakness.
YO ANNA. children are a strength. all the emotions our children make us feel, compassionate, vulnerable, angry, protective, love, fear, are our strength. not just as mothers. but as women who are bosses, leaders, wives and friends. it is where we, women, easily connect with each other. its where we feel comfortable in the strength of our numbers. its where we have each other’s back. it’s where we stand apart. it’s where we rule. even in fashion.