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Unlike, say, Karl Lagerfeld or Roberto Cavalli, Anna Wintour is one fashion super star who doesn't give a lot of interviews. But if you were hoping that today's profile in the Telegraph, which includes a rare Wintour one-on-one, would be full of revelatory details about Wintour's personal or professional life, you're going to be disappointed. It's not.
Vogue's editor in chief was as in control as ever, giving very little away. And though Telegraph writer Luke Leitch describes their conversation as "perfectly warm," he also admits to being "too gutless" to ask about that British ambassadorship rumor that won't seem to die. So, the downside is that there's not much new in the interview, but the upside is Anna speaks! A few highlights after the jump.
On her Vogue staff: "I look for strong people. I don't like people who'll say yes to everything I might bring up. I want people who can argue, and disagree, and have a point of view that's reflected in the magazine."
On high street fashion: "Fashion today is available to everybody in a way that it's never been before: you've got every designer you've ever heard of working for H&M or Target. That's fantastic."
On Michelle Obama: "Look back at the history of First Ladies and you'll see they wore a good suit or a ball gown. Now we have someone who wears J.Crew or Thakoon or Azzedine Alaïa: a gamut of different designers. She has changed the way American women see fashion."
On New York: "New York is a city for people who want to work. And I love that it is a city where everyone is from somewhere else - so you are not judged by your accent, who your dad was, or any of that Englishness."
On being a fashion editor: "I was young, and I wasn't very good at it. I don't have the patience."
On keeping a diary: She doesn't. "Nor will I ever write a book."
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