Report: Anna Wintour Wants Designers to Steer Clear of Ann Romney

Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 01:29 PM

By Peter Moses

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If Vogue editor Anna Wintour gets her way, fashion houses will shy away from clothing Ann Romney, this according to a recent Fox News report.

Let’s take Monday night’s presidential debate for example. "Honored to see First Lady Michelle Obama wearing our Spring 2013 dress at the final presidential debate," tweeted the account of fashion label Thom Browne. But there was stony silence on Twitter from OscarPRGirl, who officially tweets everything Oscar de la Renta, whose dark teal dress draped Mrs. Romney during the debate.

Why the silent treatment from the usually chatty folks at de la Renta? Rumor from the fashion industry is that Wintour, known as someone whose nod up or down can make or break careers, favors Obama and wants leading designers to shun Mrs. Romney. Wintour has even approached leading designers like Thakoon Panichgul and Marc Jacobs to design products specifically for the Obama side of the aisle.

“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,” Noreen Malone wrote in next month’s edition of The New Republic. “She is in search of something more than a victory in November; she wants politics to take fashion seriously.”

The glamour trendsetter has been a steady contributor to the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama and contributed $500,000 to his campaign and an additional $96,000 to Democrats, according to a story published in The New Republic.

Women’s Wear Daily claimed 53.9 percent of fashionistas gave money to Obama, while 45.9 percent donated to Republicans. “The fashion industry is predominantly on the left,” said fashion publicist Lee Everett of LaunchPad PR. “It’s such a disservice to so many brands who could benefit, to the other ’50 percent’ of the country. For the sake of the fashion industry, it should remain apolitical.”

What happens if Mitt Romney wins? “Anna Wintour will have no power to block Ann if her husband is elected President, it will be a totally different ball game. I think then we will see the Carolina Herrera’s and Oscar de la Renta’s coming out. Let’s face it, regardless of whether you are a Republican or Democrat, everyone wants to dress the First Lady,” said celebrity stylist Amanda Reno. “It is like an actress who comes to Hollywood. No one cares about her until she gets her first big movie, then all of the designers will fall over themselves to dress her. For Ann Romney, getting into the White House is like getting that big movie.”

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