FASHION EDITOR STYLE
When it’s your job to know about fashion, you better be damn sure you look the part.
We’ll start with the Godfather, because frankly, it would be rude not to. While many fashion editors move with the trends – after all, it’s their job to follow them, and set them too – Anna Wintour’s look is almost freakishly consistent, season after season, year after year. In fact, there’s really no need to tell you about Ms. Wintour’s style, because as fashion editors go, you can’t get much more iconic. Fall/winter 2015-16 is basically the Terminator in a Miu Miu shift dress; a preying mantis with a penchant for florals and zany prints; an iceberg with a bob. You get where this is going.
It must be said, though, that it wasn’t always this way: the fashion wilderness that was the ’90s saw Wintour out and about in rainbow sequins and gold lamé turtlenecks. Quel horreur! She’s been rocking her signature silhouette for about a decade now, which her fearful underlings must be grateful for, because it means her looming shadow is easily identifiable. Always nipped in to show off her tennis-honed figure, any style variations tend to oscillate between sleeves/no sleeves; and sometimes, incongruously, she does the soccer mom thing and flings a cardigan over her shoulders. Wintour also loves a good fur, and doesn’t much care what you think about it.
The antithesis to Wintour is Katie Grand, editor of British style bible Love, super-stylist and regular collaborator with Marc Jacobs (she master-minded the latest ad campaign featuring Helena Bonham Carter in mismatched spotty gloves – classic Grand). The fashion maven has made a name for herself with her ability to lasso the zeitgeist and make whatever she’s doing or whomever she’s working with seem fresh.
As for her personal style, Grand veers between the charmingly kooky – think oversized denim overalls wrapped in white faux-fur covered in red fried egg splatters, or colorfully wacky coats apparently appliquéd by a mad person – and the sophistication of some of her favorite designers, such as Azzedine Alaia and Prada. Given that she’s kept every single item of clothing since the age of 15, storing them in their own room in her London house and filing them alphabetically, she’s certainly got plenty to choose from. She also has a big toothy grin, hardly ever wears make-up and is often spotted out and about with an oversized bow in her hair. Friend crush!
Rounding off our fashion editor style icons is Carine Roitfield. Formerly editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, and now fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar, perma-smokey-eyed Roitfield is a woman is an exemplar Parisian who somehow manages to channel a bit of Kurt Cobain (is it the hair? It must be the hair.)
If Grand flies the flag for British eccentricity, then Roitfield gives us a lesson in French fashion like no other. Favoring a look that is timeless, tailored and confident, and the cool elegance of designers such as Saint Laurent, Chloé, and Balenciaga, Roitfield pulls off hip-hugging pencil skirts, leather pants and tuxedo trouser suits with regular aplomb, generally in black, black and black. She isn’t afraid to skew masculine, and is a big fan of oversized shirts, which is handy, because her husband owns a range of them. Having said all that, she recently told The Cut magazine that she thought the wetsuit was the next big thing and then went on to style a swimwear shoot in which all the models wore something called a “facekini,” so maybe she’s losing the plot.