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THE ANNA SHOW: It should surprise no one that Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour has personally OK’d (or vetoed, as the case may be) all the 150-plus outfits that will go down the runway during Fashion’s Night Out: The Show, “the largest public fashion show in New York City history,” which will take place in front of 1,500 spectators on Tuesday at Lincoln Center and live-streamed on cbs.com/fno. All of the looks in the show (from brands across the price and prestige spectrums) will be current season and organized by Vogue-determined trends — which trends, the magazine isn’t saying, though “trenchcoats” is said to be one of them. Groundbreaking fashion news? That’s not the point. But the models showing off the fashions are certainly newsworthy (Alessandra Ambrosio, Gisele Bündchen, Naomi Campbell, Lily Donaldson, Karolina Kurkova, Adriana Lima, Angela Lindvall, Sasha Pivovarova and Coco Rocha have all signed on).
In her September editor’s letter, which is almost exclusively about FNO, Wintour called the show “two-hundred-plus-models-wearing-at-least-as-many-designers-and-labels major” — she slightly exaggerated the number of outfits here — and thanked Vogue contributors Tabitha Simmons and Edward Enninful and fashion market-accessories director Virginia Smith for pulling all of the looks together. She writes that her team “became acquainted with conquering adversity, too, curtailing their holiday plans to work on the event.” She doesn’t mention the adversity the designers faced to meet the June submission deadline, or that a few fashion feathers were ruffled during the selection process. Sources said Vogue editors made their initial requests to designers and brands, who were given the option to either reproduce the selected fall look or hand over their sample to the magazine (and thus lose out on p.r. opportunities on that look until mid-September), for inclusion in the show. There have been grumbles about requested-then-rejected outfits and ill-timed Vogue-mandated edits, too. Anyone willing to go on the record about this? We didn’t think so.
— Nick Axelrod