Anna Wintour and Vogue international editor Suzy Menkes sat down last Friday for a discussion at London's Central Saint Martins art school, where they chatted about the business of fashion, including the fabricated state of the red carpet.
"The red carpet, in the United States, has become too much of a business. It's a fact that celebrities are paid to wear everything, and to me that sometimes comes across as very manufactured," said Wintour, according to the art school's student-run blog, 1 Granary. "I was just recently at the Tony Awards in New York, and, God, they need your help. Let me tell you, it was a disaster. So, there are opportunities, but don't expect the Oscars the first time out."
She continued: "They have all these teams of people telling them what to do, what to wear, how to do their hair, makeup. And they're so scared of being criticized, whereas, you know, what's wrong with looking different? How many mermaid fishtail strapless sequins [gowns] can we see?"
Wintour also shared that making it in the industry means to quit being shy.
"In today's world you have to interact. You can't really be some difficult, shy person who is not able to look somebody in the face: You have to present yourself. You have to know how to talk about your vision, your focus and what you believe in. If you can't be passionate about who you are and what you are doing: how can they [your audience] be?"
Find more of Wintour's wisdom here.