Does Anna Wintour have it in for Ann Romney -- politically and fashionably? Depends on who you believe. A recent Fox News piece suggests that the Vogue editor, an active fundraiser for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, is secretly putting the kibosh on designer dresses for Mitt Romney’s wife. The piece even suggests that the editrix is making it clear to designers that they will suffer if they dress the aspiring GOP First Lady.
It's true that Wintour has raised over half a million dollars for the Obamas and hosted several lavish dinners and talked her designer pals like Marc Jacobs and Thakoon Panichgul to design pro-Obama products, even for pets. She and designer Tom Ford hosted a recent fundraiser in London, during London Fashion Week last month.
“Wintour’s connections and influence in Hollywood, fashion, and society aren’t merely pretty, shiny things to have around; they have become vital to the financial success of the campaign,” explains Noreen Malone in the November issue of The New Republic. “She is in search of something more than a victory in November; she wants politics to take fashion seriously.”
And Ann Romney did turn down a Vogue profile offer earlier this year. According to the New Republic: "A hoped-for profile of Ann Romney fell through earlier this year, says one person with knowledge of the negotiations." And perhaps Wintour has not forgotten. Perhaps she never will. Wintour has not responded to any requests for comments so far.
It's also worth noting that while designer Thom Browne tweeted out his delight about “First Lady Michelle Obama wearing our Spring 2013 dress at the Oct 22 final presidential debate," there was no such enthusiasm on OscarPRGirl, the official publicist for Oscar de la Renta, about Romney’s teal dress with a print skirt.
And while news of what Michelle Obama wears is released to the press by the White House and her designers, it's almost impossible to find out what Romney is wearing. Her only designers noted so far are Alfred Fiandaca and de la Renta, both most well-known for dressing Nancy Reagan. When it was discovered that Ann wore a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress, the DVF team actually claimed that they were unsure how she got the dress. Really?
Of course, anyone would have trouble in a fashion fight with the reigning FLOTUS. Only Jackie Kennedy similiarly invigorated the fashion industry and set global trends. And Obama has taken it a step further, avoiding couture, encouraging new designers, and designers from around the globe as well as emerging American talent.
Of course, should Mrs. Romney become First Lady, everyone on Seventh Avenue will be falling all over themselves to dress her.
So what do you think? Is there a nefarious plot to keep Ann Romney looking ... well, not as well-dressed as Michelle Obama?