Front Row: Anna Wintour: The Cool Life and Hot Times of Vogue's Editor in Chief (English Edition) Kindle电子书
From the New York Times bestselling author of Just Desserts: Martha Stewart: The Unauthorized Biography comes a scrupulously researched investigative biography that tells the inside story of Anna Wintour's incredible rise to power
From her exclusive perch front row center, glamorous Vogue magazine editor in chief Anna Wintour is the most powerful and influential style-maker in the world. Behind her trademark sunglasses and under the fringe of her Louise Brooks bob she determines whether miniskirts are in or out, whether or not it's politically correct to wear fur. She influences designers, wholesalers, and retailers globally from Seventh Avenue to the elegant fashionista enclaves of L'Avenue Montaigne and Via della Spiga. In the U.S. alone a more than $200 billion fashion industry can rise or fall on Anna Wintour's call. And every month millions of women-and men-read Vogue, and are influenced by the pages of the chic and trendy style wish-book that she has controlled with an iron hand in a not-always-so-velvet glove since fighting her way to the most prestigious job in fashion journalism.
Anna Wintour's fashion influence extends to celebrities and politicians: because of it, Hillary Clinton underwent a drastic makeover and became the first First Lady to strike a pose on the cover of Vogue in the midst of Monicagate; Oprah Winfrey was forced to go on a strict diet before Wintour would put her on Vogue's cover. And beauties like Rene Zellweger and Nicole Kidman follow Anna Wintour's fashionista rules to the letter.
Now in her mid-fifties, as she nears her remarkable second decade at the helm of Vogue, comes this revealing biography that will shock and surprise both Anna's fans and detractors alike. Based on scores of interviews, Front Row unveils the Anna Wintour even those closest to her don't know. Oppenheimer chronicles this insecure and creative powerhouse's climb to the top of the bitchy, competitive fashion magazine world, showing up close, as never before exposed, how she artfully crafted and reinvented herself along the way.
She's been called many things-"Nuclear Wintour," by the British press, "cold suspicious and autocratic, a vision in skinniness," by Grace Mirabella, the editor she dethroned at Vogue, and the "Devil" by those who believe she's the inspiration for a recent bestselling novel written by a former assistant.
Included among the startling revelations in Front Row are:
* Anna's "silver spoon" childhood spent craving time with her father.
* Anna's rebellious teen years in London, obsessed with fashion, night-clubbing and dating roguish men.
* Anna's many tempestuous romances.
* Anna's curious marriage to a brilliant child psychiatrist, her role as a mother, and the shocking scandal that led to divorce when she had an affair with a married man.
“Gleefully vicious biography of a New York fashion icon.” ―Kirkus
“The revealing unauthorized biography unveils the Anna Wintour even those closest to her don't know….If you liked The Devil Wears Prada, get your gossip fill with Front Row…we couldn't put it down.” ―Complete Woman
“Better than fiction.” ―New York Post
“For inquiring minds, it's a juicy, tabloidesque read.” ―Houston Chronicle
“A fast-paced biographical romp... Mr. Oppenheimer uses Front Row to ladle out dish―just as he did in Just Desserts, his 1997 biography of Martha Stewart. What he serves up is pretty juicy.” ―New York Observer
“Filled with gossip and scandals and peppered with celebrity names and tales…[A] fascinating read about one of the great queen-bee bosses and her mission to determine and define fashion.” ―Booklist
“Schadenfreude enthusiasts will enjoy Oppenheimer's latest, Front Row, which offers Anna Wintour in extreme close-up.” ―Los Angeles Times--此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
Jerry Oppenheimer has been writing definitive, bestselling biographies of American icons since the mideighties. His subjects have included Martha Stewart, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Ethel Kennedy, Barbara Walters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Rock Hudson. He has worked in all facets of journalism, from national investigative reporting in Washington, D.C., to producing TV news and documentaries.--此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
- ASIN : B003J564PS
- 出版社 : St. Martin's Press; 第 First 版 (2007年4月1日)
- 出版日期 : 2007年4月1日
- 语言 : 英语
- 文件大小 : 715 KB
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I must say what I found most staggering from my reading of the book was the fact that Ms Wintour has been allowed to get away with treating staff and colleagues like garbage for the better part of four decades now. Not once has a senior executive stepped in to admonish her for her unreasonable, alienating, diva like behaviour. I find this absolutely extraordinary. I understand she is a very valuable asset to Conde Nast, but this sort of indulgence is pathetic. I live in Australia and we have very strict workplace laws here regarding age discrimination (it's illegal, end of story) and bullying and humiliation of employees (again, an illegal practice that an employer can be sued for). If she was editing Vogue here, Ms Wintour would have had her scrawny butt dragged before the Employment Tribunal umpteen times by now. Perhaps workplace laws are less strict in the US? Whatever, I find her management style and attitude towards staff and colleagues to be highly distasteful and a huge black mark against her. I don't care how influential she is in the shallow orbit of world fashion, you do not ever treat those who work for you with such open contempt.
Overall, Mr Oppenheimer has written a terrific biography about a fascinating, though polarising personality. It is well-researched, almost exhaustive in the number of people quoted and paints a very compelling portrait of the Vogue supremo. Highly recommended, I give this book five stars.
Also you "quoted" Grace Mirabella saying "we give our readers what they don't know they want". Um that was one of Diana Vreeland's quotes extracted from one of her famous memos. Tsk tsk tsk
It read a little too snarky for my tastes. I was more interested in learning about Anna Wintour and instead got a whole lot of disgruntled gossip. There were some interesting tidbits but the meanness which the author wrote makes me wonder if they had a grudge. If you want to read a wannabe Liz Smithish tabloid fodderish revenge piece then spend your money.
Personally I find educated people profiting from someone like Anna Wintour (who didn't need an education because she is that good) to be the real evil in journalism.