Anna Wintour’s tip for the next Galliano? Rodarte!

17 February 2011

Before the Rodarte show in New York, the brave people at The Telegraph nabbed Anna Wintour for a very thorough briefing on her thoughts on fashion en ce moment.  

The first subject of debate was the late Alexander McQueen, whose memorial retrospective exhibition Ms Wintour is involved in organising. It will take place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and will launch later this year on the night of the Met Ball. Wintour praised the late designer remarking on the impact his work has had in a relatively short career. She quoted another of her pet designers, Olivier Theyskens, who ‘had been inspired by him as a young fashion student for his creativity and brilliance and rebelliousness’. Apparently McQueen made Theyskens realise ‘the runway was a place where you can break the rules as well as make them’.


Thinking about who among the current generation of designers coming up most resembles the designers John Galliano or Alexander McQueen, Wintour’s money is on the Rodarte sisters, who have ‘Imagination and originality to be in the same spirit as a John [Galliano] or an Alexander.’ Wow, we wonder how many times Kate and Laura Mulleavy have watched that clip while dancing round the room?

Finally, thoughts turn to London Fashion Week, (starting tomorrow peeps!) and its anticipated highlights. Christopher Kane and Erdem both earn a namecheck, while totally unprompted, she praises ‘the young woman on the street’ for the ‘individuality and wit’ of her dress sense. Amazing. Although Anna Wintour has been present for the last two or three seasons at London Fashion Week, we personally have never seen her anywhere apart from inside the show space.

Of course, now we know that she’ll be on the lookout (presumably through her car window) we will make a special effort with our wittiest ensembles, while walking slowly round WC1 and lingering at the traffic lights!


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