It’s been a long time since so many people told me to go see a movie. The same movie. And not just fashion and magazine people. All kinds of people have seen this documentary about American Vogue starring the iconic Anna Wintour and have enjoyed it. Even male people.
And so did I. Without spoiling it for you – there’s no plot to speak of so there’s nothing to really spoil – here are my thoughts.
2. Your staff will not always like your decisions. Sometimes they will think you’re a bitch. Other time’s they’ll think you’re insane. But if you’re good, they’ll still respect you in the morning, even if it’s through gritted teeth.
3. An editor is charged with responsibility for the whole magazine – the money, the advertisers, the fashion, the staff, the pictures, the coverlines and the words. The editor is the gate-keeper to all those things but must delegate constantly if she is not to drown in a sea of minutiae.
4. Anna seems cold a lot of the time. Physically cold. She is always slightly hunched over and always has her arms folded or is holding herself. Maybe it’s because her body fat is very low. Or maybe it’s just her body language for “fuck off and leave me alone”.
5. The longer you are an editor, the less patient you are. It’s true. Your tolerance for other people’s stuff ups and weaknesses tends to decrease in direct proportion to how many years you’ve been editing. I have so been there. I may well have been cow-like on more than one occasion towards the end of my editing tenure. It was born out of frustration but still. Mooo.
6. Anna does actually smile and laugh a lot more than we have been led to believe. She has genuine fondness for young designer Thakoon who she almost…..nurtures. And she’s clearly gaga over her daughter Bea.
The movie really is a true reflection of what goes on at a magazine – although obviously on a grander scale than any in Australia. Like when the publisher hires some kind of theatrette to meet with all his sales team. At any Australian magazine, you could squeeze everyone around a small table at Starbucks.