Anna Wintour championing designers who promote sustainability

Anna Wintour is now taking a keen interest in young designers who promote sustainability.The fashion journalist, who has acted as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry.But in an interview for her…

Anna Wintour is now taking a keen interest in young designers who promote sustainability.

The fashion journalist, who has acted as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry.

But in an interview for her Go Ask Anna video series, Wintour noted that she isn’t particularly interested in colour or silhouettes this season, but the way in which designers are tackling environmental concerns.

“I’m not focusing on colour right now as I am about designers who are going to focus on sustainability, who are going to focus on responsibility, who are going to talk about fashion as something that is not so much disposable or can be easily thrown away,” she commented. “I want to hear about why fashion is worth it…That being said, I always love a print.”

Even though Wintour has attended hundreds of fashion shows over the years, she never tires of viewing the collections. Yet, she actually prefers to go backstage rather than sit front row.

“It’s always incredibly helpful to go back at a fashion show because I get to see the looks before I go out there, I get to see all the fabrics very close-up. Maybe I see a new model I hadn’t noticed before. And most importantly, I get to talk to the designers and (get) their real thinking and their inspiration behind each collection,” the 69-year-old shared.

As for who Wintour likes to sit next to at a fashion show or event, she is remarkably open.

“Well, I like to sit next to someone I’ve never met before. I like to sit next to someone I know really well. And I like to sit next to my daughter (Bee Shaffer),” she smiled.

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Anna Wintour on Tony Awards’ Pride red carpet: ‘It was my daughter’s idea’

Anna Wintour has credited her daughter Bee Shaffer for coming up with the idea to incorporate the rainbow pride flag on the Tony Awards red carpet.While Broadway’s biggest stars walked the red carpet at the annual ceremony – hosted by James Corden – at…

Anna Wintour has credited her daughter Bee Shaffer for coming up with the idea to incorporate the rainbow pride flag on the Tony Awards red carpet.

While Broadway’s biggest stars walked the red carpet at the annual ceremony – hosted by James Corden – at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, the Vogue editor-in-chief worked hard behind the scenes with designer Raul Avila on the stunning floral display.

A staggering 22,000 roses were spray painted by hand to form a rainbow floral wall that lined the red carpet, with stars including Billy Porter, Bryan Cranston, Tina Fey, Lucy Liu and Adam Driver posing in front of the symbol that represents the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.

“It was my daughter’s idea,” Wintour told Entertainment Tonight. “I was going to do lilac and purple, and she said, ‘No, just go for the stripes.’ And she was right.

“We’ve tried all sorts of different widths, and we ended up with his. They’re all spray painted by hand, all 22,000 roses.”

The rainbow-hued red carpet was in honour of World Pride, which is being hosted this year by New York City in conjunction with NYC Pride.

Work on the stunning Pride-themed red carpet began a few days before the Tony Awards, with a custom-built wall created to try and withstand the staggering amount of flowers.

“Anna always has such clear vision for the creative direction,” Avila, who has worked with Wintour on the Met Gala since 2007, explained. “The floral display is a reflection and celebration of the performing arts community as we hit the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.

“This is an extremely important year for us and the Broadway community.”

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