Anna Wintour is worried the fashion industry “will lose a lot of talent” amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a new interview with Billy Porter for The Hollywood Reporter, the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief candidly spoke about what she believes will happen in the business after the coronavirus outbreak wanes.
“Like so many industries, (the pandemic) has been devastating for the fashion community,” she began. “But, I honestly think that we’re going to lose a lot of talent. A lot of people are going to lose their businesses.”
Wintour went on to explain that she foresees fashion slowing down, with sustainability set to become a major focus for designers.
“There will be a real sense that creativity is important. That clothes, accessories, everything that the fashion community stands for should not be thought of as disposable. (Customers) will want to invest money – that they’re going to have less of – in things that are meaningful to them,” the 70-year-old continued, before predicting that there will soon be less emphasis on “what’s new” and more on “craft and creativity”.
Wintour was also asked about the involvement of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Vogue Fund in helping to combat the ongoing struggles faced by emerging designers and smaller labels trying to stay afloat during the crisis.
“We are giving out grants to young people, young businesses in our communities that are most in need,” she stated.
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