02 March 2010

Wintour Whispers - what will Christopher do next?

 

Miss Wintourathough we all know isn't burdened by the need to befriend everyone, IS into mentoring, nuturing protégés and supporting new talent in a big way. Now we hear she’s got big plans for Brit wonder boy Christopher KaneShe was overheard after viewing his latest collection for Versus at Milan Fashion Week.

Remember all the bits in The September Issue? – first the diminutive designer Thakoon in a yellow cab explaining how couldn’t stop shaking the first time he met Anna, meanwhile, up in her office, she was murmuring away to her staff about ‘That Spanish brand, Mango’ needing a consultant, and suggesting Thakoon. – Also getting him a gig designing a blouse range for the GAP – which then sold out.

Another recipient of her support in the early days was a certain John Galliano, who was stony broke, staying on friends’ floors at the time, when Anna introduced him to financial backers as well as calling in favours to get him a venue for his Paris show. More recently, Anna has been smiling on the Mulleavy sisters, creators of Rodarte, by publically saying she thinks they’d be great at the helm of heritage brand Schiaparelli.

Anna has been backing Christopher since his graduate show, and has helped him out along the way – for example pairing him with mentor Donatella Versace. He’s now a proper member of the Versace family designing the diffusion line Versus.  Apparently, Miss Wintour wants the it-designer to become a household name Stateside. She’s apparently looking into several projects . . . but what could this mean? With his eponymous label in London and Versus in Milan he’s already doing pretty well on the high end side of things, so perhaps she has a big bucks, super-hyped campaign up her sleeve. GAP? Target? Watch this space . .

- Naomi Attwood


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