Well, we’re only a few weeks in to 2014 and already, Anna Wintour is conquering more of the universe than we thought possible. The Vogue editor, who was appointed to Condé Nast’s artistic director last year and recently had the Met’s Costume Institute named after her to the Anna Wintour Costume Center (whatever, it’s not a big deal), will be joining The Fashion Fund, a documentary TV show with an impressive panel of judges and a boring name — we’ll get to that later.
Wintour is certainly no stranger to the camera — she can hardly go anywhere, whether walking on the street or to a runway show or gala, without being photographed, and she was the star (and a surprisingly empathetic one at that, as many critics said) of The September Issue, an R.J. Cutler documentary about putting together the most highly anticipated Vogue issue of the year and, perhaps to a larger extent, her complex bond with Grace Coddington.
Also filmed in documentary style, The Fashion Fund follows how the judges choose the highly contested winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition, which is actually now in its tenth year. Wintour joins J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons, CFDA president Diane Von Furstenberg, Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing, and Theory CEO Andrew Rosen on the panel of judges. Designed to bring more attention to the competition, The Fashion Fund was actually on Hulu in 2012 but wasn’t very popular — that should change now that Anna’s on board.
But what’s up with the name? The Fashion Fund? So the show is about choosing who will win the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition, we get it, but did they really have to just take two words out of the name and then call it a day? So blah. We don’t know about them, but we’ve fully embraced that since Anna Wintour joined the show, it will be Anna’s show (I mean, she already has a department of the Met, so why not?). We suggest:
– Wintour Wonderland
– Vogue Gone Rogue
– Wintour is Coming
– The Ice Queen’s Keen
– The Smirk
Any of these would have been more accurate. But it’s fine, we aren’t bitter. We’re sure The Fashion Fund will still be more popular this year than last season. It debuts on Ovation TV on January 22 at 10 p.m. if you’re interested (we know we are, if not for the continuous hashtagging of the Anna-isms that will doubtlessly ensue).
What else could The Fashion Fund be called?
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