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Anna Wintour Is Not a Big Fan of Black

>> Though a spokesman denies it, Vogue is rumored to be getting a revamp — but don't expect more black to play a part in the purported new look. In The September Issue, Grace Coddington wonders of a black leather jacket: "Will Anna [Wintour] like this one?" "It's black," an assistant points out. "That's true," Grace says. "You'd get fired for that."  

Fashion insiders are notorious for their tendency towards all-black — Grace Coddington included — but for Anna, not so much.  A quick flip through her ensembles in the past year reveal that she will wear a black coat, boot, or dress every once and a while, but it's always embellished or paired with color.

Her staff — Grace aside — is hardly known for its riffs on all-black the way Team Vogue Paris is. 

And that's the way Anna likes it »As The Independent UK's Susannah Frankel recalls, that's the way Anna likes it:

As a fledgling fashion editor back in 1996, I witnessed at first hand the fallout this by now legendary aversion might entail at . . . the cloakroom of the central location of the Milan women's ready-to-wear collections. In the cubicle next to mine, a young woman was sobbing inconsolably while her companion tried to avoid full fashion meltdown by unearthing the root of the crisis. All that could be seen by any onlooker were two pairs of twig-like ankles clad in the prerequisite spike heels peeping out beneath the door. All that could be heard? "Anna is cross with me," wept the desperate fashion victim. "She says we're all wearing too much black."

 

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