Anna Wintour gets a MAJOR promotion

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Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour

So about those nagging rumors that Anna Wintour is up for an ambassadorship in the Obama administration–or even those rumors that she’ll retire soon: This latest bit of news should put them to rest once and for all.

Condé Nast has promoted Anna Wintour to the newly created role of artistic director. She will stay on in her role as the editor in chief of Vogue and editorial director ofTeen Vogue.

Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld

Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld

“The establishment of an Artistic Director is a reflection of our commitment to preserve and champion all that exists ‘Only at Condé Nast,’” Charles H. Townsend, the chief executive of Condé Nast, said in a release. “This is the ideal time to leverage Anna’s extraordinary vision and leadership to amplify and elevate the profile of Condé Nast U.S. both domestically and abroad. Anna is an icon in the worlds of fashion, business and the arts, she has the foresight and wisdom to influence the major trends of our society and is respected globally as an accomplished businesswoman.”

Finally speaking out on those ambassadorship rumors, Wintour told the New York Times, “It was an honor to work for President Obama… but there was never a long-term discussion about anything.”

Townsend admitted to the Times that he would “go to great distances to avoid losing Anna, particularly in the prime of her career.” This promotion is meant to ensure that Wintour, who is now 63 and coming up on 25 years at Vogue, stays with Condé Nast.

Marion Cotillard covering French Vogue (ok so this is unrelated but I just love Marion so much!!)

Marion Cotillard covering French Vogue (ok so this is unrelated but I just love Marion so much!!)

So what does Wintour’s new role entail?

According to a release, she will “curate and cultivate the creative vision for the Company, working with the extraordinary editorial talent at Condé Nast to shape its artistic inspiration and innovation across all platforms.” What that really means is that Wintour will function as a “one-person consulting firm” (her words to the Times) for the publishing giant, meeting with the editors of Condé’s various titles to weigh in and offer advice. That doesn’t mean she’ll be involved in nitty gritty editorial decisions at other titles–as The New Yorker editor David Remnick so succinctly put it, “I don’t expect Anna to be picking the cartoons or directing our war coverage.” Think more big picture. Additionally, Wintour will reportedly be involved in Condé Nast’s “expanding portfolio of platforms,” like those recently announced branded web TV series.

If you’ve ever watched The September Issue (and we’re betting you have) you’ll know that consulting is part of what Wintour does already. In her role as editor of Vogue she essentially serves as consultant to designers, retailers, and even the Mayor on matters concerning the fashion industry (see: Fashion’s Night Out).

Lara my love covering another Vogue that's not American Vogue.

Lara my love covering another Vogue that’s not American Vogue.

Taking on these new responsibilities, it’s likely that Wintour will not be able to devote as much time to Vogue (she is, we’re pretty sure, only human). Our money’s on Sally Singer taking on a bigger role. But don’t expect any reshuffling of the masthead. A Voguespokesperson confirmed to us that there will be no major masthead changes as Wintour’s role at the magazine “isn’t any different.”

Emerson College Fulbright Students Discuss Freedom of Press in their Home Countries.

Yesterday, The Emerson College Journalism Department hosted a conference in order to inform its Journalism students about international freedom of press. The guest speakers where four Fulbright graduate students from countries such as: Indonesia, Russia and Ukraine. They discussed how in their countries freedom of press is a very symbolic thing, since most big news networks are privately owned. These are owned mostly by people who are directly associated with the government, and the news they receive are tailored to benefit the interests of the aforementioned owners.

This is especially problematic in Indonesia, where there are strong censorship laws and the media is largely utilized for government propaganda. The Indonesian student who was speaking at the conference said that journalists are scared to defy news censorship since in Indonesia there is a long history of violence against Journalists and they don’t have an organization to go to, since the local press council is run by the government so it’s hard to escape the authoritarian regime.

Regarding freedom of press in Russia, Olga and Yuliya the two Russian students who spoke at the conference explained that there is a huge paradox in Russian journalism. The reason why the journalistic situation is so complex in this country is because it is too big and centered around the capital. Although everyone knows what is happening in Moscow, people in the capital and the rest of the world aren’t aware of the rest of Russian news. Even thought there are over 330 television channels in the country, most Russians only have access to the 17 government sponsored ones. These are owned by oil tycoons and the Russian elite and whatever is broadcast in these channels is dictated by what the owners of the channels want to show on them.

By international standards, both Russia and Ukraine have partial freedom of press. However Ukrainian student Vitalii Moros says that in his country freedom of press is progressively getting worse, since most media outlets are owned by the country’s elite who utilize the news to protect their personal interests. Since in Ukraine the elite is linked to the government, this makes most tv channels pro government and utilized for propaganda as well. This conference taught us that America is the leader in freedom of press, but as Moros said: “America’s version of censorship is called ratings.”

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Young and beautiful? Too easy. 91-year -old fashion icon Iris Apfel

Young and Beautiful? Too easy!! 91-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel graces the cover of British magazine Dazed and Confused to motivate us to not get old, just get better.

I dedicate this to my fabulous grandmother who, like a bottle of fine wine just keeps getting better and better with age.

Fashion Image Consultant

During my summer in Paris I attended Istituto Marangoni, a world renown fashion school. I did a 3 week Fashion Image Consulting course which basically consisted in learning how to  be someone’s personal shopper and also a magazine fashion editor.Our final project was to come up with an editorial for a fictitious fashion magazine. We had to create a theme, choose a model and shop for the clothes and props we would utilize for the photo shoot. My theme was 1950’s Jet Setter.

Here are some instagram pics of my final project.

And here are the final, edited versions of the pictures.

Photo Credit goes to Fabio Piemonte

What I’ve Been Doing While You Were Sleeping

My followers keep asking me why my blogging has been so sporadic for the past 3 months or so. The reason behind my inconsistency is because I was traveling for the most part of the summer. Those of you who keep a close eye on my blog saw my “snapshots of London” post, which is one of the many cities I visited throughout the summer. I also visited Paris, where I stayed for a good amount of time since I was doing a Fashion Image Consulting course. I roamed around Istanbul, the south-east of Turkey, Istanbul again, Cannes, Nice, Juan Les Pins and finished off once again in Paris.

However that wasn’t quite the end of it. My summer concluded with me landing a job in New York Fashion Week, working for The Daily Front Row which is Fashion Week’s official publication.

During my job there I got the opportunity to attend Fashion Shows, work for their social media outlets and attend their booth at Fashion’s Night Out. However the coolest part of my job is that I got to HOST the Daily Style Sessions at the Empire Hotel’s rooftop bar. Here are a few snapshots of my glory days this past NYFW.


Empire Hotel Rooftop View

Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad Visits The Daily

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne Visits The Daily

Miroslava Duma

Miroslava Duma walking right past me outside of the Jason Wu show


Uber Stylish man reading The Daily

Flower children

And yours truly messing around with some of the free gifts they offered at the Style Sessions

September covers unveiled

Vogue: Lady Gaga

Harper’s Bazaar: Gwen Stefani

Marie Claire: Miley Cyrus

Glamour: Victoria Beckham

Elle: Katy Perry

Cosmopolitan: Lucy Hale

Allure: Sofia Vergara

Vanity Fair: Kate Middleton

Lucky: Eva Longoria

W: Penelope Cruz

In Style: Jennifer Lopez