Vogue Editor Anna Wintour to Skip Gucci's Milan Show for Obama's London Fundraiser
The fashion editor will host a second European fundraiser to re-elect President Obama on Oct. 1, during Paris Fashion Week.
The Obama presidential re-election campaign has not revealed exactly how much Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s fund-raising tally is. But she is unquestionably one of his top fundraisers (over $500,000), has co-hosted four dinners at more than $30,000 a plate and convinced her designer friends Marc Jacobs and Thakoon Panichgul to team up on "Runway to Win" and "Bark for Barack" pet accessories. The 2008 online store selling the pet items raised over $1 million for the campaign.
And she’s not done yet. Wintour will host two more fundraisers for President Barack Obama's reelection.
The first one, in London on Sept. 19, is described as "dinner with Anna Wintour, Tom Ford and David Plouffe" at Mark's Club. Price is $15,000 for dinner guests. (Plouffe is a political strategist, who was campaign manager for Obama in 2008.)
The interesting thing is that the event is being held the day after the London shows end. That's good. The bad part is her presence at the fundraiser means she will miss Day 1 of the Milan shows.
Frida Giannini’s major Gucci runway presentation and Alberta Ferretti’s hotly anticipated collection both take place on that day. Emporio Armani and Prada are on Day 2 so at least Wintour be sitting in her front row seat for those important shows.
The second fundraiser -- on Oct 1 -- is described by the official White House sked as a "Paris Fashion Week Reception with Anna Wintour" at La Maison 8, "the Kenzo House," with a $2,500 ticket to attend a reception and a $10,000 ticket for dinner.
Michelle Obama was profiled in Vogue in 2007, the year Wintour began working on the Obama's behalf. She raised $200,000 for the campaign in 2008. After they won, Obama posed for a Vogue cover. You just can't put a price on White House connections.
But interestingly the New Republic reports that an Anne Romney/Vogue interview recently fell through. Is that why Wintour is more determined than ever to see the Obamas back in the White House?
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