Has Anna Wintour forbidden the fashion industry from dressing Ann Romney?

Ann Romney

This story is pretty funny because it’s probably true. Regardless of politics, has anyone noticed how Ann Romney — despite her husband’s enormous wealth (an estimated $250 million) — can’t seem to dress to save her own life? One would think that designers would be falling all over themselves to gain exposure for their lines, but apparently, the reality is just the opposite, and there’s a pretty good reason for that omission. Enter Anna Wintour, who has raised a total of $2.3 million (thus far) for Obama’s re-election campaign and is keen to see her investment protected. Allegedly, Anna is using all of the power in her arsenal to pressure designers into not (voluntarily) dressing Ann Romney for events. Of course, that doesn’t stop Ann from selecting and purchasing her own clothes “off the racks,” which has apparently caused some major panic amongst those particular designers because no one wants to anger the editor of Vogue magazine. What a hilarious mess:

Anna Wintour

Michelle Obama is a clear favourite in the fashion industry. Her outfits sell out within minutes, designers clamor to dress her, and she counts Vogue’s Anna Wintour and J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons as supporters.

While fashion publicists routinely send out handfuls of press releases as soon the 48-year-old is spotted in their client’s brand, 63-year-old Ann Romney’s outfit choices routinely go unclaimed; so much so that many have started asking why.

Some have posed the theory that Vogue’s resident Democrat, Ms Wintour, is silently threatening designers’ standing in her magazine should they endeavor to dress Republican presidential candidate’s wife.

Fashionista wrote: “We receive press release upon press release about Michelle’s campaign wardrobe and it’s become a major coup for a designer to dress Michelle Obama. But we’ve yet to receive one–one–about Ann Romney’s.” For example, after Mrs Romney wore Oscar de la Renta for the first time to the Republican National Convention, the designer’s usually vocal press team was silent.

Meanwhile, fashion and news publications quickly received word that Mrs Obama’s Democratic National Convention dresses were Tracey Reese and Thom Browne, from their respective public relations teams.

And when Mrs Romney wore a printed Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress, the brand’s press team first ignored it. Only after pressure from online media would they state they were “not quite sure how she obtained the dress,” revealing that, unlike many public figures, they had not loaned or given Mrs Romney the outfit.

At a Fashion’s Night Out event in Manhattan last month, the designer announced to the crowd: “Everyone here better be a Democrat; no Republicans!” Ms von Furstenberg then instructed guests to hurry home and “watch the President [on TV] at 10pm,” when he would be giving his DNC speech.

Fashionista’s Haley Phelan wrote: “It might be a little awkward to then turn around and dress his opponent’s wife – which may explain Diane von Furstenberg’s reticence to acknowledge Romney wearing her dress.”

Mrs Obama has long been a supporter of emerging American designers, even before she become First Lady, often wearing Mr Wu and Thakoon Panichgul, who afterwards, quickly became household names. However the Runway to Win campaign has been labelled a contributing factor in its contributing designers’ willingness to dress Mrs Obama so often.

Fashion publicist Lee Everett of LaunchPad PR told Fox News: “The fashion industry is predominantly on the left,” before noting that many brands and designers fear being associated with the Republican party and its marginalizing stances on same-sex marriage and abortion.

Boston-based Alfred Fiandaca is the only designer to publicly lay claim to dressing the “pretty and blonde” Mrs Romney who is often described by the public as today’s aesthetic epitome of a Stepford Wife. After Women’s Wear Daily revealed the he is the go to designer for the First Lady hopeful, Mr Fiandaca was quick to note that Mrs Romney purchases all of his clothes “off the rack.”

[From Daily Mail]

Nobody wants to make Anna Wintour angry! She’s got so much power and could make a lot of designers’ businesses go to hell in a single season if she merely decided not to feature their lines in Vogue. I guess this is fair though, right? Anna can put her money where she wants and use her power to tell designers not to make Ann Romney look good if she so desires. Republicans have their own support from big business as well, and everybody plays dirty when it comes to politics, so I really don’t see the harm in Ann having to pay for her own clothing “off the rack.” She just really needs the help of a much better stylist — but maybe Wintour has gotten to them too!

Ann Romney

Anna Wintour

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  1. Dani says:

    Honestly, this is disgusting. You shouldn’t stop ones success because you don’t like someone they’re dressing, regardless of who you are. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, someone should remind Anna Wintour of that.

    • Susie Q says:

      ? Um it’s just another Fox conspiracy, I mean theory. Ann Romney has enough money to BUY whatever clothes she wishes. Don’t get your knickers in a knot..

      • Dani says:

        It has nothing to do with Ann Romney or how much money she has – I’m not even a fan of hers. It has everything to do with Anna Wintour thinking she’s the sh*t. I’d say the same thing if she did it to anyone else; she’s abusing her power.

      • Lithe says:

        If this is FOX News conspiracy, I at least have to congratulate them on making the story highly entertaining.

      • Susie Q says:

        Blah, blah, blah blah, I come to this site for some gossip, if I want to argue with Republicans I will head over to a site on fb or something. I don’t dislike Ann Romney, don’t even think about Ann Romney, although someone did post a split screen shot of her and bride of chucky the other day, it made me laugh. So, I will go back to my original post and say DON’T GET YOUR KNICKERS IN A KNOT OVER A NON STORY/GOSSIP. This posted in the wrong spot, should be a reply to Genevieve.

      • Annie2 says:

        So does Michelle Obama- so what? They’re all rich

    • Neekie says:


    • Susie Q says:

      It hasn’t even been proven to be true, the article says someone says, it could maybe, be a theory, so saying Anna is throwing her weight around is also..just a theory.

      • Dani says:

        True it wasn’t proven, but it wouldn’t be the first time you heard of Anna Wintour abusing her power and not allowing some to be somewhere or doing something.

    • Alexandra Bananarama says:

      Even if this is true, so what? It’s cut-throat at best, but not disgusting. This is how most companies and industries do business and nobody cares until a light is shined on it.

      She has so much money to buy whatever or have a daughter in-law go in and buy off the rack for her.

      And really. Do you expect any less from the woman allegedly used as inspiration for the devil wears prada!?

      • Dani says:

        I still don’t get what Ann’s money has to do with it. Michelle Obama has more than enough money to dress herself as well.

      • Alexandra Bananarama says:

        Let me see if i can get this right.
        Wintour is putting out a threat that if any designer or stylist tries to style and clothe Romney she will bring down the wrath of vogue upon both the stylists and designer of clothes Romney would be wearing. Probably by boycott of designers stylists used and it would work as a trickle down effect.

        The money comes into play because Romney has a lot of money and clothes already. She like anyone else can buy off the rack, but a stylists has the creativity to make someone look the best.

        Stylists get loaned clothes from designers, designers fear wintour…yada yada. Wintour might be hoping ann romney will dress her husbands campaign into losing the presidency. And sadly, just like the candidates wives favorite cookie recipe bake offs what they wear matters too.

      • Msbock says:

        You know what? After seeing devil wears Prada, I thought she must be the biggest bitch in the world. If this is true, my hard little heart just thawed towards Anna! You go girl! I’m at the “whatever it takes” point in this election

      • gg says:

        Whatever what takes? You think this is going to bolster an election?

    • The Original Genevieve says:

      Oh, PLEASE….everything that doesn’t fall in line with your political beliefs is a ‘Fox conspiracy’? Lol.

      If this is true, I totally agree with Dani. I certainly hope that this story from the Daily Mail is a delusional, fictitious grab for headlines. If not, then shame on Anna Wintour. As arguably the Queen of Fashion, she certainly has the power and balls to mean girl anyone she chooses (and if true, I think her blackballing of the fame-whoring KK at the Met Gala was actually hilarious and much deserved), but threatening designers who would ordinarily be standing in line to dress a presidential nom’s wife is pretty damned low.

      Yes, Ann Romney has the money to dress herself, and she should; but so does Michele Obama. Anna Wintour, who prides herself on her class and exclusivity, has just hit a new, classless low. Using your power to discriminate against someone because you disagree with their politics is pretty pathetic and unspeakably petty.

      Jeez, Anna…stay klassy 🙁

      • Relli says:

        Have you ever watched Fox “News” its pretty terrible and I feel sorry for those who consider it their first source of information.

        Besides its a totally fabricated story. Ann Romney turned down a Vogue profile that ANNA offered her in August, but it was before the election really heated up. This story was recycled and generated as a way to drum up drama.


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      • Susie Q says:

        Oh please, READ the article…’Some have posed the theory’ so the story is just a theory and your post ‘just morally reprehensible and a complete abuse of a person’s powers within their sphere of influence.’ is ridiculous because SOME HAVE POSED THE THEORY. Sheesh..

      • The Original Genevieve says:

        “Oh please, READ the article…” Actually, I have, Susie Q. And I’m certainly intelligent enough to dissect an article and pick out the salient points. Such as, this is only a theory being posed, not a stone cold fact. Even though Bedhead, the author of this post, states that it’s “probably true”.

        Also, my response to this post is just as heartfelt as your obvious dislike of Ann Romney. And Relli, yes, I have occasionally watched Fox news, and at times I find them just as politically skewed toward raging libs as I find CNN to be against political conservatives. Solution: I watch neither of them and tend to watch or read media outlets that aren’t clearly biased one way or another.

        Furthermore, some of the revisionist history I’m reading about Obama’s past is laughable and outrageous. I don’t care for Romney, but I sure as hell won’t attack or ‘mean girl’ his wife because of it. And if you truly believe this country is in better shape than it was four years ago, great. If you find our economy and the downgrading of our nation’s credit rating to be inspiring, good for you. But oh yeah, that was all Bush’s fault. Just like the past four years of complete fiscal and foreign policy failure is always someone else’s fault, too.

        I’m sure your faith in the current administration will be reflected at the polls on November 6th, just as many others whose opinions clearly differ from yours will be. But for God’s sake, don’t bully a candidate’s wife just because you don’t care for his beliefs. Oh yeah, I forgot…if this ‘rumour’ is even true. 🙂

      • Chatcat says:

        Relli…if Fox News is nothing but “terrible” then what is CNN? The Communist News Network?

        I read many different news organization websites and I watch CNN and Fox news. I don’t bother with network TV because they are completely incompetent to cover ANYTHING with integrity and without bias. I watch both CNN and Fox because in my experience both of them cover all the stories. Yes CNN tilts left (or falls over with Pierce Morgan and Soledad Obrien) and Fox leans right (horizontal right with Hannity), but at the end of the day both of these outlets will cover all angles of a story/subject. People should want to, because they need to, hear all sides to an issue to be truly informed. I’d have to say if there was no Fox news we’d hear only what the liberal’s wanted the public to hear and nothing from the middle or the conservative side. You don’t have to agree with any or all of them but life isn’t lived in a vacuum of “just what you want”.

      • Relli says:

        @ The Original Genevieve & Cat;

        Soooo in you rational because I bash Fox I MUST AUTOMATICALLY LOVE CNN because I am clearly liberal right… is that what you are getting at…right!

        Because I dont see me saying anything about CNN in my comment, i just said Fox “news” is a joke, which it is. I mean sure there was a time and place that i watched CNN and loved the Wall Street Journal but then i graduated from HIGH SCHOOL….

        I think you both need to calm down and have a drink and perhaps step away from the computer.

        AND CHATCAT thank you for assuming i live in a vacuum and only want to hear the liberal view point. I think you need to stop assuming you are so enlightened. There are plenty of conservative news outlets that don’t resort to out and out lying, I should know i used to work with them.

      • Alexandra Bananarama says:

        @susie this makes sense now. Anna is openly very much a left leaner. An interview offer by Vogue was probably seen and treated as a trap and avoided.

        I believe Wintour would want to hurt the Romney campaign somehow so without the chance to humiliate ann in an article she will control what she can.. fashion! Let’s not read into conspiracies. Occam’s Razor people! Learn it and apply it!

      • Alexandra Bananarama says:

        @Relli Genevieve Yes fox is a joke, but so is cnn. If you want your news i suggest researching yourself on sites that state opinion free facts like bbc or ap. Of course on occasion fox and cnn do get it right.

        Candidate’s wives will always be mean girled. They are a HUGE part of the presidency! Did you ever hear… the voice a man listens comes from the mouth his ear sleeps next to?.. a wife has influence. Sometimes above all advisors.

        Anyway, without getting into a full rant if voters were actually informed citizens it wouldn’t be a 2 party system and the electoral college would be abolished.

        Anyways to quote my all time favorite politician though not completely fitting i will post anyways… the best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.- Winston Churchill.

      • Relli says:

        @ Alexandra Bananarama

        Yes, exactly individual research is always the best way to go. It allows you form free thought and gain opinions based on consideration rather than propaganda.

        I am not sure why these loonies went off on a CNN tangent, I didn’t even mention CNN and they both flew off the handle about it. Maybe it was the exact polar opposite of Fox (in their minds) so they went there and by looking at the comments they were pretty charged already….

        truthfully i was raised by Republican who encouraged me debate him, so I am used to hearing “the other side” and containing myself. I guess for others they just don’t know how to deal with people having opposing views and not automatically agreeing.

      • Alexandra Bananarama says:

        @ Relli also raised republican, but came out libertarian and a strong paul supporter. Loonies will always have strong opinions based on 5 seconds of someone elses opinions.

        Hearing the other side and the patience and openness to try and understand another’s point of view will be the worlds downfall.*shrugs*

      • Sonya says:

        @Relli – totally agreed, CNN came out of nowhere (which if anything was a strange channel to pick, since most Fox supporters bash MSNBC as opposed to CNN). Also wanted to say, the economy would be growing at a faster pace if there wasn’t INSANE OBSTRUCTIONISM coming from the Republicans in Congress.

      • Alexandra Bananarama says:

        EDIT! OR rather the lack of having an open mind and that just because you’re dem or rep doesn’t mean both sides aren’t full of corruption and leaving behind their original statements.

        Not all republicans are strong antichoice
        Not all dems want to spend, spend, spend.

        Americans are just not informed. it hurts to think about it for me…

      • The Original Tiffany says:

        Does no one understand that both parties and all politicians lie, cover up and the media on both sides are just mouthpieces for them? That banks and corps really run both parties? Everyone is so worked up over the differences in parties, but they both are just lackeys for the real bosses.

        We need a complete overhaul and a real viable third party and to get rid of the electoral college.

        I watch Fox, CNN, BBC and even Al-Jazeerah at times (mostly AJ in the UK, it isn’t on here) and read online news. I stay as informed as possible on both sides and consider myself to be very socially liberal and fiscally conservative. I do believe that most media is skewed to the left, most anchors are either Dems or they are not registered, but are still very left leaning. It is important to get your news from both sides.

        The bitchfight in here over AW is amazing to me.

        She doesn’t even do her job well. Vogue sucks these last many years, AW can’t even put a proper model on the cover, just celebs. She is the worst of the worst and being blackballed by her WOULD be a source of pride for me.

        Not only does the devil wear Prada, but she has and has had the worst bangs trauma for years!

    • Me Too says:

      This is nothing more than a BS story promulgated by Fox News and right wing radio. This whole victims r us scenario that seems to characterize almost every segment of our society by so many on the right is ridiculos.

      I have no doubt most fashion designers aren’t thrilled about crowing about Mrs. Romney choosing their designs…but not because they’re afraid of Wintour.

      Maybe it’s because Mrs. Romney’s husband and the Republican party stand for everything the designers find opposite to their own beliefs. Most major designers are gay or have close gay friends. If they’re women, they have those pesky reproductive organs Republicans want to legislate. Why would they want their designs on someone who represents a party which believes they have the right to tell women what they can do with their bodies or tell gays who they can marry or even have sex with?

      • Miss Bennett says:

        @Me Too
        I agree with you. Although I doubt the veracity of this story. The Daily Mail has been printing this sort of nasty mean girl garbage for months in an attempt to portray Ann Romney as the classy victim of evil liberals. I’m disgusted by the horrible comments made about Michelle Obama at the Daily Mail. This sort of high school petty garbage has no place in the election of a person who will be the president. Take it to Facebook or keep this crap at the Daily Mail.

    • Missykitten says:

      Dani, I agree with you. Anna Wintour is a bully.

      Susie Q, you’re the one who is getting her knickers in a knot. What is it to you if somebody calls Anna Wintour out on her bad behaviour? Why do you feel the need to shut Dani up?
      & Im Australian, don’t even think about labelling me as a republican. In politics you’re choosing between a liar and a liar every time, it doesn’t matter who you choose.

    • Nat says:

      Omg Anna get a life! How old are you?? I will never purchase another vogue magazine again! These designers need to stand up to this rich stuck up heartless b! What is wrong with this country? Everybody is so influenced by designers and actors! It’s so annoying! Our country is going down the drain!

  2. emmie_a says:

    I don’t know if I buy this theory because the few designers noted in the article are very vocal Democrats… but I’m strangely loving the belt Ann is wearing in the first picture.

  3. Lizzie says:

    I really don’t think Anna Wintour would behave like this. This story orginally came from Fox News, so right there it loses like 95% credibility.
    I mean, Ann Romney wore Oscar De LaRenta (the pink outfit, I think) and Michelle Obama wore Thom Browne at the last debate so I don’t think it’s a issue of designers not letting her wear stuff. They probably aren’t OFFERING it to her.
    I think it’s more like the fashion industry simply likes Michelles style a lot more that Ann Romneys.

    • Amelia says:

      It’s one of the funnier stories, though. I can help but be reminded of the Devil Wears Prada.

      • gg says:

        Me too.

        And if there’s any truth to it, Tha Devil will have to do some serious backpedaling if Mr. Teeth wins the election. Because at that point, people will be dressing AR whether they like her or not or they shoot themselves in the feet.

    • giddy says:

      The story isn’t really about Ann Romney. It’s about that pathetic, delusional, has-been d i c k Anna Wintour.

      Ann Romney will have the last laugh. Every one of my rich lib friends has stopped buying Vogue years ago. They all HATE Wintour. She’s totally irrelevant. As the economy continues to spiral downward — and impacts fashion designers to a larger degree than other industries — then Anna will be seen as having hurt her own cause and (more importantly) the industry writ large. They’ll toss her out of the life-boat faster than you can say “Tallulah Bankhead”. In the future S U X economy her B-S won’t cut it. Stick a fork in her. She’s done.

      • Lipstick Girl says:

        Singing to the choir Giddy! And why, pray tell, would anyone buy a fashion magazine from someone who hasn’t changed her hairstyle in the past 100 years! Stick a fork in Anna…she’s done.

      • mln89 says:

        yeah that’s EXACTLY why vogue STILL exists and why anna wintour is STILL the editor of vogue, despite shrub jr.’s presidency ( A.K.A. 8 years of the most ignorant presidential administration known to man) AND the recession caused by shrub jr. and his greedy band of conservative idiots in congress. ::eyeroll:: if vogue and anna wintour can survive what shrub jr., cheney, and rove did to this country’s ecomony it can DEFINITELY survive romney’s bid for the presidency blowing up in his face, lol. and it’s not just going to be because his boring wife looks like an old sack of shit and no sense of style, it’s going to be because romney doesn’t give two shits about 47% of this country and only cares about lower his personal tax rate from 15% to 0%. the only way ann romney is going to have the last laugh is that she and her filthy rich buffoon of a husband will continue to pay less taxes on their captial gains income then the maids who clean up after their lazy, out of touch asses.

    • Zvonk says:

      As most designers are either gay or gay friendly, I think it’s entirely possible that they don’t want to dress Ann Romney purely because of Ann & Mitt’s stance on gay equality. No need to be forbidden by Anna Wintour. If I were a fashion designer, I wouldn’t want Ann Romney wearing my clothes either.

  4. KellyinSeattle says:

    In the last pic, what’s that gold thingy she’s holding? Some kind of purse/clutch, or a feather????? Looks like something Joan Rivers would wear.

    • Dirtnap says:

      It’s actually a lobster design that is on the (Prada?) dress. Saw several photos of it after this event, and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. : )

    • m.k. says:

      Oh, do you mean that gold-plated lobster that looks like it’s crawling away from her behind?

  5. xogami says:

    They’re rumors, and she’s allowed to do whatever she wants, it’s not illegal, isn’t that what the Repubs say when someone says something bigoted?

    • The Original Genevieve says:

      @ xogami:

      No, it’s not illegal, just morally reprehensible and a complete abuse of a person’s powers within their sphere of influence.

      But, hey…that’s ok, because Ann Romney is clearly not a meaningful part of your personal political beliefs, right? So using that philosophy, if you didn’t care for a certain race or other minority, discrimination would be ok?

      Please help me to understand how that comment isn’t totally offensive. Maybe I’m missing something?

      • moja31 says:

        If a wealthy woman not getting press for her designer duds because she’s somehow been “blacklisted” by a fashion editor is what’s considered a moral outrage these days, then I despair for humanity.

      • Marie Antoinette Jr. says:

        moja31 I couldn’t agree more.
        And did anyone stop to think–maybe Ann Romney just has bad taste? Or maybe fashion just doesn’t appeal to her?
        I mean, she has been a multi multi millionaire for most of her life. If she hasn’t found a look that works for her yet, she clearly hasn’t even tried.

      • The Original Genevieve says:

        Ok, moja & marie antoinette…

        Fair enough. But by this barometer, why should Michele Obama be favored and emulated? It sure as heck isn’t her taste in cloths. She rarely dresses for her body type, and she has the money to afford her wardrobe and not be given freebies.

        I’ve already agreed with you that Ann Romney can and should afford to by her clothes. But the fact that you fully support the discrimination going on here and refuse to admit your politics are coming into play is hysterical.

        Instead of getting defensive or dodging the main issue (political discrimination), why not just cop to it and stop throwing shade at Ann Romney? That would be a lot easier to swallow than excuses to back up your basic dislike of the Republican candidate and his wife. If this story is true, then the same rules should apply to Mrs. Obama.

      • Zimmer says:

        Even if it is “reprehensible,” I believe it’s pretty much impossible that someone with the power of Romney, Obama or Wintour hasn’t done many far more outrageous and reprehensible things. I think we’ll get over this one.

      • Marie Antoinette Jr. says:

        Genevieve I’m not “refusing to admit” anything. And I didn’t mention Michelle Obama; my post was about Ann Romney and her lack of fashion sense. I don’t understand how you can misconstrue my opinion that Ann Romney might not care about fashion into a political position.
        Designers dress people in the public eye to get exposure and therefore make money. I’m sure if Mrs. Romney was willing to make the effort they’d be beating a path to her door.
        I know it’s hard to believe for some people; but many women find that following the whims of fashion is a complete and utter waste of time, effort and money.

      • The Original Genevieve says:

        @ Alana Fajini…

        Uh, no need to go all gangsta on me, why don’t YOU just Step. Away. From YOUR Keyboard if my comments offend your delicate sensibilities? Last time I checked, I had full control of my laptop, my comments and how I respond to threads on CB. Nobody’s taken that away from me yet, nor will your admonishment scare me away from posting, lol.

        And “in over (my) head” on this site?! *snorts with laughter* As far as I can remember, I haven’t threatened anyone, wished them harm or death. Nor have I insulted anyone, although you would certainly be a candidate if I were so inclined. Yes, it IS a gossip site…and guess what? The hits on this thread keep going up, up, up. I’m sure CB just HATES that.

        Run along, DARLING. I’d use the old line, “You bother me, kid”, but in point of fact, you’re actually pretty amusing.

    • Lulu says:

      @xogami – Nothing like a little generalizing to spice up my day! What a bigoted statement. I am a republican and I find Ann Coulter’s Twitter behavior (calling Obama a ‘retard’ – twice!) during the last debate to be absolutely reprehensible. Do you think FOX news is calling her out? Hell no! I forbade my husband to watch Hannity last night because he’s had her on there. Damn, it pissed me off. And her twitter response to National Coming Out Day? “To be followed by National Disown Your Son Day”. Thank God for Republicans like Michelle Malkin.

      IF this story is true, it’s bad behavior. Period. This is not rocket science to figure out.

  6. Susie Q says:

    Top pic looks like she got dressed in the dark, or as my guy friend used to say, she looks like a clown at a Ukrainian picnic. No offence to any Ukrainian’s reading this.

    • Littlestar says:

      I’m Ukrainian and I think it’s hilarious! Made me think of how my large faily dresses :D.

  7. Reece says:

    Meh she looks like every other kept New England woman. (on vacation in Florida-1st pic)

  8. bar world land says:

    Hey, if this is true, I say GO ANNA.

    • giddy says:

      Yea! GO ANNA. Kill the fashion industry fast as you can! Go baby! Piss-off all those crazy Republican and Independent women — maybe a good chunk of them Vogue readers who are tearing-up their subscription renewals as you play your “dissing Ann Romney card”. Not to mention those rich Repubs that have jobs and buy designer fashions. You go girl! Spit on your hands and hoist that big black “out-of-business” flag to fly over 7th Avenue. Wonder who’s throat the industry will slit? Your’s or Ann’s…

  9. LilDebbi says:

    O.M.G. That gold lobster bag Wintour is carrying in the last photo! Out of control.

    That said, I totally agree that both sides’ supporters are throwing their weight around behind their candidate in their respective industries. Though this feels a little mean girl-y.

    And Ann Romney needs a stylist, badly.

  10. moja31 says:

    This is complete and utter nonsense. Last I checked, Ann Romney and her staff have plenty of cash and access any high end department store of her choosing; she can buy and wear whichever designer looks she chooses. As for identifying said designer outfits, all it takes is an internet connection. She’s not getting much press for her fashion simply because, money doesn’t buy style, and most of her clothes just aren’t that different from old school first lady wear.

    • carrie says:


    • Relli says:

      LOL totally!

    • Esmom says:

      Yes I call BS. Anna wishes she had that much power. Although I have to admit in the style department, Michelle O has Anne R in a landslide!

      • gg says:

        Because somebody else is picking out her clothes. It’s about the wearer being catered to Iand designed for* by the designer, not if somebody can afford to walk into a department store and grab a dress off a rack.

        Michelle only dresses well now because she has styles completely redone for her by the designers; i.e., if they think she’d look better in a 3/4 sleeve rather than short sleeves, they buy two dresses and cut new sleeves from the fabric, and then the designer gets a bunch of accolades.

      • Esmom says:

        Sheesh, I wasn’t trying to be partisan but I guess you have to get your digs in wherever you can get them.

        I think it’s a tradition for all First Ladies, R or D, to wear custom-tailored clothes.

        And even though she’s not first lady, I’m sure Ann Romney doesn’t do all her styling on her own.

      • gg says:

        Nothing at all partisan – just the facts. People are really knee-jerk today on this thread. I make a point of never talking politics and this is no exception.

    • Raven says:

      Agreed. The Romneys have so much money that if Ann liked a designer, they could just buy the company. I think Ann dresses the way she wants to dress and Anna Wintour has nothing to do with it.

  11. Mimi says:

    Let’s face it Anna W.’s power is just a myth – an urban legend. There is no such a thing like successful designer who is his own boss. Corporations rule this business.

  12. Ranunculus says:

    I would boycott her too. No way I would support a woman like Ann Romney. NO binder Mitt, not a single one!

    • BooBooLaRue says:


    • Alana Fajina says:

      ITA!! If you and your hubby are against Gay marriage and homosexuality in general, how can you expect the Fashion Industry to back you when there are A Lot of gay people employed And creating said designs?? I wouldn’t get Anywhere Near those Romneys personally, but I’m just a nobody entitled to my Own Opinion.

  13. mel2 says:

    I’m sure the designers will be flocking to her if the Romney’s win the election.

  14. andy says:

    Wintour is Miranda Priestly minus the charm.

    *Yes, I know the character of MP was reportedly based on AW.

  15. Oi says:

    Since when is Michele Obama a fashion icon? Sorry but her style is just as bad. If MO has all these designers giving her stuff she’s the one who needs the help. None of the political ladies look any good.

    And I don’t think I buy this. Didn’t designers give Sarah Palin clothes the last election?

    But if it is true I wouldn’t be surprised. The fashion industry, Wintour in particular are such mature, gracious people. /sarcam.

    Edit: and that line about not having any Republicans at fashions night out is despicable. I hate politics as it is, but even though I don’t have a party affiliation I’d walk out. Anna, you are a fashion editor, not a politician. Get over yourself.

    • Dusty says:

      You are so right. Michele Obama has no sense of style. With her height, she could look like a million bucks in classic clothes, but she insists on wearing clothes that looking ill-fitted for her frame.

    • The Original Genevieve says:

      ^^ THIS

    • Jen says:

      I think it’s ridiculous to say that Michelle is a fashion icon. She dresses the way any woman who enjoys clothing, has decent fashion sense, and a lot of money would. Nice and stylish, but I wouldn’t call her a trendsetter. Not at all. She usually looks well put together and appropriate, but i’ve seen a couple of outfits that were not totally awful, but just not right.

      I think Ann Romney dresses fine as well, although this outfit is not good. I think her fashion sense is fine. Who cares if designers and stylists aren’t falling all over themselves to dress her. Honestly, I don’t think she cares much and is happy to just buy off the rack. She likes Oscar de la Renta and wears that line often.

  16. judyjudy says:

    We don’t like you so you can’t wear our clothes!

    Jeezy creezy.

    • The Original Genevieve says:

      I know, right? It feels eerily like blackballing a sorority pledge. Pretty nasty and so vindictive. Most college students I know are more mature than Ms. Wintour appears to be.

      But then again, I guess that’s why a book and screenplay showcasing her EXTREME bitchery came into play, right? This thread seems entirely credible to me, based on her past behavior.

      Anna Wintour is a legend in her own mind. It’d be an AWFUL shame for her if Romney actually won the presidency, huh? If he’s as much of a barracuda as Nuclear Wintour is, she might have to worry about job security at her age. Things that make you go….hmmm. 😀

      • PaulY says:

        With the fortune she’s amassed, I’m sure she’s shaking in her boots worrying about job security.

      • The Original Tiffany says:

        Except, PaulY that AW doesn’t get her rocks off with her money she gets from her job-with her it is about the POWER and she would die if she lost that!

  17. lucy2 says:

    That’s so dumb (if true). I can’t stand hearing stuff about people in a position of power (employers, church leaders, etc) telling people how they should vote.

    I didn’t care for whatever Ann wore to the last debate, it looked like the dye was running out of the material.

    • Oi says:

      Did you hear about the community college teacher in Florida that made her students sign pledges to vote for Obama? She was suspended without pay, but how the *&$* do you, as an educated teacher think that that’s ok???

      • ahoymatey says:

        umm…did you hear about the multiple employers that have sent emails to their employees threatening layoffs or cut benefits if they vote for obama?

      • lucy2 says:

        Hadn’t heard that one, that’s terrible. Rightfully suspended.
        Have heard a few CEOs telling employees if Obama wins there will be layoffs. Lovely, right? Threaten people with their jobs so they vote the way you want.
        Everyone needs to just back off and vote for who they want, and then it is what it is.

      • Oi says:

        @Both of you: Yes I’ve heard those stories as well. I don’t like that anymore than I like the instructor one. Its just that one that astounded me the most. Employers is one thing, they were just making threats; they had no way of knowing one way or another who voted for whom. But a teacher the first day of class passed out pledge cards and made the students sign them if they were going to stay in her class. It was a math class too. Totally irrelevant to politics, or so I would have thought. It also didn’t get reported enough IMO. I really not trying to pick on one side, I’m just talking.

  18. Krissie says:

    I would kill to be Ann Romney’s stylist. No need to say anything else there (I’m a stylist in NYC so dressing Ann would be major)

    I used to admire Anna Wintour. She was one of my idols when I was young and dreaming of working in the fashion industry. Now not so much, she is nothing but a big bully in designer heels. It’s pretty sad. Diane Von Furstenburg too. Yuck. These people are out of control.

    It’s funny how all these fashion people and celebrities are for Obama and are so vocal about how Mitt is awful because he has money ( I know there are other reasons) but hello!! These people get paid millions to do absolutely nothing. Bizarre.

    • Chatcat says:

      Krissie…AW has appeared to be a bully at many levels for years. She is an icon in her own mind and in those few multi-millionaires like herself that she associates herself with.

      It may make for good “gossip” but really, only a small number of small minded people cast their vote based on who a celebrity endorses. The AW’s and Eva Longeria’s (who dropped her boy toy as quick as a fumble on a rainy day because he isn’t the NY “it” boy this season)and Clooney’s raise millions of dollars from other millionaires. Because soooo many of them (celeb’s) lives are soooo similar to the average American we are to believe they know best and follow their lead? Uh, no.

      And besides, who could take anybody who wears a cast off of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man seriously I ask. Pfftt. It just makes me want a s’more.

    • Cazzie says:

      Surprised the writer didn’t mention Anna Wintour’s well-known desire to be appointed Ambassador to Great Britain.

      “No wonder Vogue editor Anna Wintour is hosting glittery events for Barack Obama. Wintour, 62, reportedly wants an ambassadorship from Obama, possibly even the highly coveted one in London.

      While ambassadors are sometimes career diplomats, many times they are well-known personalities who have helped the president raise money….

      The London posting is the most prestigious position in the United States Foreign Service.”


      Vicious little lizard woman. My prediction is that Wintour will not last long in the State Department – they are just as mean as she is, and much better at leaking damaging stories to journalists.

      • Chatcat says:

        Cazzie…thanks for the link. Very interesting. So she is trying to buy/influence herself to be Ambassador to GB. Poor GB! This woman is a nasty piece IMO.

      • Trashaddict says:

        This ranks up there as one of the mysteries of the universe- why does this woman Anna Wintour have any influence whatsoever? I really just don’t get it. And while we’re talking about how people dress, all eyes on A.W. – WTF? Throwback to bad 50’s fashion? Same hair for years? The only thing interesting about her is what the heck goes on in that lizard brain of hers.

      • gg says:

        She’s in dreamland if she actually thinks she should be an ambassador for anything other than Fashion Week.

  19. vixo says:

    I love Anna’s first picture !!! LOL !

  20. Tiffany says:

    I have watched interviews with First Lady Obama and Mrs Romney and they strike me as the type of women that would not make something like this a priority. That’s just me.

    • Sweet Dee says:

      +1 Tiffany. I have been scrolling through these ridiculous posts trying to find a single one I agree with, and it’s this one.

  21. lucinda86 says:

    Yeah right.

    The Daily Mail is a conservative mouthpiece in England. They always have ridiculous political conspiracy theories on their front page straight from Fox news.

    Mean ice queen Anna Wintour is picking on poor Ann Romney.

  22. Talie says:

    There is some truth to the fact that designers don’t want to be associated with her. Even Oscar de la Renta, who seems to despise Michelle Obama, refuses to acknowledge Ann wears his clothes.

  23. RobN says:

    Meanwhile, the economy sucks, people are unemployed and losing their homes, and we’re supposed to care what the fashion industry thinks? We’re supposed to be surprised that Anna Wintour is a bitch?

    If I were Ann Romney, I’d take it as a point of pride.

  24. Janet says:

    I can’t stand either of those cows but this is hysterical. I hope it is true.

  25. SamiHami says:

    I am sure the designers will be flocking to Ann Romney as soon as Mitt wins th election.

    • Lee says:

      Totally agree with you Sami !!!!

    • Sweet Dee says:

      Can I ask why people state unknown things as if they are already true, especially this political stuff? Is it considered to be optimistic?

      I’m just wondering, not at all disagreeing with your politics. I would have asked if you’d said Obama as well.

  26. Malificent says:

    This would be so juicy if it were true! However, I tend to think the cause is the opposite.

    Mrs. Romney is married to a man born to wealth, so they’ll want to downplay her wearing expensive clothing. Also, there is a lot of discussion that her husband made a lot of his own money through agressive, if not immoral, means.

    If you’ll notice, “W” was the only member of his wealthy, connected EASTERN family to talk with a Texas accent. There was nothing accidental about that either.

    The Obamas are also well-off, but the President didn’t come from wealth, and Mrs. Obama came from a working-class family. Outside of some of the tonier areas in the US, the majority of Americans, Democrat and Republican, have more respect for self-made success than inherited wealth.

    They’ve been dressing Mitt in jeans and button-down shirts a lot. And I don’t have any doubt that Mrs. Romney’s less than fashionable choices and lack of designer call-outs is also planned too. They’re doing everything they can to portray the Romneys as “just folks.”

    • Chatcat says:

      Mitt Romney’s father was born and raised in Mexico, immigrated to the US as a young man and became a successful business man creating family “wealth” which as every parent does, shared with his offspring. (Duh)

      Obama was raised upper middle class…he lived in a gated “rich” neighborhood in Indonesia, attending private schools, then again when he moved in with his grandparents in Hawaii. His grandmother was a Vice President of the Bank of Hawaii (Barak inherited $500K worth of BOH stock when she died) and he attended a private college preparatory school from the fifth grade until his graduation in 1979.

      So if one is going to be honest of the background of both men: Mitt’s father the immigrant, who made his wealth here in the US provided wealth to his kid … and Obama’s grandmother, the Bank’s first female VP and a success in her life provided the same for her grandkid. Good for both of members of both men’s family for being successful and leaving “legacy” for their children and grandchildren. It’s what all of us parents and grandparents hope we can do for us and our’s.

      • lem says:

        You’re distorting facts when you say that George Romney was a mexican immigrant. He was born to American parents (making him an American citizen) who were living on a Mormon colony in Mexico.

      • cs says:

        Why did Romney’s grandfather moved to Mexico? Because the US was coming down hard on the Polygamist in Mormon Country. Couldn’t stand the heat. No Different than Mel Gibson’s family moving to Australia from NY ..His father was scared that his sons would be drafted into the Vietnam war.

        So now Obama comes from an upper class family although his mother died at very young age from Cancer and couldn’t afford the medical expenses.
        Let’s just rewrite history.

      • Chatcat says:

        @Lem it’s not distortion but I will add “by American Citizens” for clarification. “Mitt Romney’s father was born and raised in Mexico, by “American citizens”, immigrated to the US as a young man and became a successful business man creating family “wealth” which as every parent does, shared with his offspring.

        IYO any distortion on Barak’s family childhood or treasury that I need to clarify? I’d be glad to if something is “missing”.

      • Relli says:

        You also forgot that Obama’s grandfather was a WWII veteran and that he attended private school on scholarship, otherwise it looks pretty accurate 🙂

      • Chatcat says:

        OMG CS…talking about re-writing history.
        “So now Obama comes from an upper class family although his mother died at very young age from Cancer and couldn’t afford the medical expenses.”

        Obama’s Mom died at 52 years old from Uterine cancer that was diagnosed while she was living in Indonesia. She came back to the states for treatment and by the time they started treatment it had spread to her ovaries. Yes she was “young”, my MIL died at 49 from the same exact cancer! So I know first hand what it does and how low statistics are for successful treatment it is when it spreads like that. It sucks, but she didn’t die due to lack of medical coverage/treatment she died because she was one of the diagnosed, like my MIL, of a very progressive cancer with low percentage of survival odds. Yes, our family was burdened with some “non covered” medical bills but they were worked out and not a ‘hardship’ burden to family and estate.

      • Fleur says:

        First of all,probably 90 percent of our past presidents have come from some sort of wealthy background. So whatever, I don’t understand why this is relevant. I won’t blame Romney for it. But if you want to talk facts..

        Having a father that *lived* briefly in Mexico by way of his missionary parents does not make his descendent poor. Nor does it make someone a Mexican immigrant. And though I doubt very much that their sojourn in Mexico was lush, not everyone in Mexico is poor. So I’m not sure where you were going with this statement other than to say that Romney’s father built a financial empire all on his own.

        If we’re talking descendents, I do know Mitt Romney is a descendent of George Romney, the famed English portraiture artist whose work hangs in the National Gallary.

        I do know Mitt Romney is the son of the President and Chairman of American Motor Corps.

        I do know Mitt Romney has an estimated net worth of 250 million dollars. I think it’s safe to say he inherited the bulk of that.

        I don’t know how the fact that someone’s father’s parents lived briefly in Mexico to escape polygamist rulings in the United States gives his descendent some sort of mystical tie to Mexican culture or to the poor (though again not everyone in Mexico is poor). I do think actually living in Indonesia would give one exposure to Indonesian culture, though I doubt I doubt a ten year old Obama would have had much self awareness about economics.

        If we’re talking lineage though, I do know Obama’s absent father was born in Kendu Bay Kenya to an African father who worked as a missionary cook. I know Obama Sr earned his economic scholarship on the generosity of a third party foundation. I know this ‘bank president’ grandmother began as a secretary and worked her way up through the ranks. His grandfather served in WWII, as most men of that generation did. That he lived the rest of his working life as a salesman. I know Obama’s ‘gated community’ education was paid via scholarships and that his mother’s marriage in Indonesia ended in divorce. I do know he was passed around from place to place, didn’t know his father, lived his teen years with his grandparents.

        But again, how does this affect Romney’s views on Mexico?

      • Chatcat says:

        @Fleur…additions to your fact check

        Fact. Both Romney and Obama attended private prepatory schools.

        Fact. Both Romney and Obama attended Harvard.

        Fact. Obama inherited $500,000 worth of Bank of Hawaii stock from his grandmother when she died but it has not been disclosed what he did with the stock certificates…kept them or cashed them in.

        Fact. Romeny inherited and undisclosed amount in a fund when his Dad died and the the entire amount was donated to BYU in his father’s name.

        My point is to see clearly when people point out rich vs poor. That although Romney’s parents may have had more money, Obama had a far from “poor” upbringing. Both of these men had private school educations and excellent college educations at Harvard and I would hope both men are grateful for that!

      • Fleur says:

        True that, chatcat 😉 You do make some good points, especially that closing line! how blessed both men have been to have such opportunities! They both had parents who worked very hard to give their children the best opportunities they could. I don’t blame Romney for his family’s wealth and I don’t think we should blame him for it any more than we should blame someone for coming from poverty.

        I think we have the same aim, really, trying to clarify the issue. I’m quite impressed Romney donated his father’s inheritance to BYU. I had no idea. It’s a very generous gift. Honestly, I have trouble listening to him talk because I disagree with so many of his policies I feel like my blood pressure goes up just hearing him talk. But I can read a print interview of him and really enjoy it (I just read one of him and Anne and found them charming) and I’m sure many people feel the EXACT same way about Obama (My Republican best friends call O “The Most Arrogant Man in the World”, so I get it. They can’t stand him 😉 ). At the end of the day Romney wants to be a good leader for our country, and despite the pressure of his father’s name (which must have been HUGE) I know he’s worked very hard to carve out a role for himself in public service, just like Obama has.

        AND I think we both agree that Anna Wintour et al are Meangirling poor Ann Romney, which is uncalled for, unfair and at the end of the day downright prejudice. The woman should be allowed to shop where she wants. Thanks for the opportunity to debate! 🙂

      • Chatcat says:

        Fleur…here here. Most of us want what we believe is best for our families and our country. We may disagree on who will help “us” achieve that, but that is the beauty of the American Way and Democracy…we get to debate and agree to disagree and share information. There are so many millions in other countries that don’t have our liberties.

        As far as AW…I am thinking here intials inidcate Ass Wipe! As bad and nasty as politics are and can get, nothing drives me crazier then when the “celeb” world behaves like they know all there is to know and we should follow them! UGH, they play and dress up in make-believe-settings for Christ sake. Grrrrrrrr. 😉

    • Malificent says:

      Chatcat, I think you’re missing the point of my original posting. I wasn’t making a political statement one way or the other — I save that for the voting booth.(For the record, I’m an Indepedent — and I think Mrs. Romney is a pretty class act.)

      My comments weren’t about which candidate comes from a more posh background. I was simply observing that the Romney campaign is trying to fight any public perception that Romney is out of touch with the lower and middle classes because he was raised in a wealthy, politically connected family. Justifiably or not, this isn’t a PR issue for the Obama campaign. If I were the Romney campaign manager, I would be making the same call — dressing the candidate in more casual clothes and downplaying the expense of his wife’s wardrobe.

  27. TG says:

    I can’t stand the romney’s but I take more offense when a designer dresses a Z list celeb than if they are dressing the wife of someone running for president. I think designers lose their credibility when they are designing wedding dresses for the likes of the Kardashians. Or when you see a B, C, and D Lister in the front row at a fashion show. The wife of a presidential candidate is a person worthy of a designer.

  28. Relli says:

    I cant wait for the elections to be over so that the trolls that lurk to respond with negative comments and feed off of putting people down, retreat.

    Its one thing when we do it to celebs who are fame-whores and want us to talk abotu them, its quite another when people just want to perpetuate out right lies.

    OVER IT.

    Besides Ann was the one turned down Anna, but way to spin it FOX and way to eat up those of you are and delighting in it!


    • giddy says:

      …ummmm…maybe Ann knows a zero-sum-game when she sees one.

      • Relli says:

        I don’t recall saying anything against Ann, she seems like EVERY.SINGLE.ONE.OF.MY.FRIENDS.MOTHERS minus the alcoholism of course. I think you are assuming that I dislike Ann, and therefore I am being negative. Nope, I don’t roll like that, hating on others because they don’t agree with me, I’ll leave that Gen & Cat who have clearly been on this post all day battling fact vs. perception or opinion.

        What is annoying is anyone who has been reading and paying attention this was a story in late August & early September (around the time when Ann wore that hideous bird shirt?) There was a big kerfuffle because of the Vogue rejection and then there was some stink about her choosing Oscar De La Renta, because Michelle has never wore him. My point? This is a made up recycled non-story that was out almost 2 months ago, they even interviewed different designers asking them why they wouldn’t/or would dress her and most of them were honest with their OPINIONS. Which, you cant hate on.

        Honestly, I think the Romney family has been investing in the political future of wrong family member. Ann is the golden ticket. But its nice to see Romney has fans i mean he only used about 90 million of his own cash to make people like him, so good for him!

      • Chatcat says:

        Relli…you need to unbuch your panties. You trashed Fox was terrible and you felt sorry for ANYBODY that used them as any source of information. I responded to your trash and condemnation of Fox and anybody who watches it (because I do) along with CNN as BOTH being left (CNN) or right (Fox) leaning but the best source of fully covered news. What’s wrong with that? I responded to YOUR post. Oh wait, I am wrong because I don’t see it your way? But you say that isn’t “how you roll”. Hmmmm. You trash me becaused I defended Fox news but don’t “roll that way” when somebody disagree’s with you.

        Oh and then later, you say “you don’t “dislike Ann”? Yet in the same post you say “her hideous bird shirt”. So maybe that isn’t enough to find you guilty of “hating her” but you certainly showed how much you “hate” on her clothing choices. Then a dig about the families 90 million dollars. But hey, we’re all wrong and your not a hater. And you said we’re the loons. Well IMO people that talk out of both sides of their mouth and get all defensive when they opened a thread up for debate on a topic and can’t take an opposing view are loonie.

    • Relli says:

      @ Chat
      Hahahahaha get a life dude, i know your old but seriously your taking this way too personal. I do feel sorry for you though as you lack objectivity.
      It is complete reasonable to like someone and make fun of them because on the real for real that shirt was fugly and because i am a visual person i remember that those stories ran almost simultaneously… And thats all.

      You and your thugs have been running up and down the page all day bullying and chastising anyone who didn’t agree with yu and have on EVERY political post that has run on CB lately. You make the same points over and over agin and frankly its tragic. You didn’t even know about the Anna Wintour ambassadorship thing which frankly is very old news. You
      better watch yourself before you get banned.

      And yeah 90 million on your pipe dream is hilarious. If you don’t like what i am typing stop reading my posts troll.

      • Chatcat says:

        Yes, Relli I am an “old” 49 year old woman…but I am not a mental midget. I have respect for other’s views and are “mature” enough to agree to disagree. Continue with your trashing and bashing of me, at my age I can take it, and have, by far better at it then you. Cheers!

      • Relli says:

        Your posting history today says otherwise… Go back and read everything you have written. You started attacking me because i was stating my opinions in thread that was not even directed at you. So if your going to dish it learn how to take it, acting like your SO above it all at this point is totally transparent.

        AND You called yourself old in your last political posts when you went on a tangent about roe v. Wade stating that you have been voting for a few decades and it nothing but a hot button issue (which i agreed with you on) AND in the last thread i actually thanked you when you corrected me on the budget. Yeah i am paying attention.

        Responding to your attacks doesn’t make me someone who cant take the truth, i am just standing up for myself and i am not going to agree with you today. if that makes me moron in the eyes of someone anonymously on the internet i don’t know, and therefore whose opinion doesn’t matter, i don’t care.

        Use your energy wisely work for your candidate.

      • Chatcat says:

        Relli…the one and only post I responded to you was early on when SusieQ brought up Fox News, you replied to it and you said it was terrible if people went their for the source of news. I then replied to you how I obtain my news, Fox included. No other interaction from me on any thread you posted on until you started #28 and went after me and Gen. Of course when somebody attacks me I was going to defend myself, who wouldn’t? From there your personal attacks escalated to attacks on my age and some imagined agenda. But like I said, I am a “big” girl and can take it, but really personal cyber bitch slaps against me personally I will not let go unanswered.

  29. mkyarwood says:

    Noway, Vogue has no political affiliation when it comes to money, just like the rest of this forsaken corporate continent. And anyway, it would work in the Romney’s favor for them to buy their own stuff instead of being given it because of that $250 million.

    • Marie Antoinette Jr. says:

      Great point.

    • gg says:

      Maybe it needs restating that buying clothing has nothing to do with this article. It’s about patronage to designers and the designers’ exposure/PR. These people rarely “buy” clothing. It’s borrowed and gifted to them.

  30. PoliteTeaSipper says:

    Citation needed.

  31. jani says:

    From Fox News and the Daily Mail, conservative liars and rabid Obama haters, I believe nothing. Rich bitch Romney has enough $$$$ and POWER to buy whatever she wants. To think that Wintour, who I also dislike, holds some kind of unfair advantage over them is ludicrous. Romney could have plenty of people to design just for her and to style her. Also, we are not voting for the wardrobe of someone who isn’t even the candidate.

    • Lulu says:

      You who keep insisting that she has plenty of money and can by whatever she wants so this obviously makes this story untrue obviously did not READ THE STORY.

      There is a vast difference from buying designer clothing off the rack and having a designer get all your measurements and send entire outfits/wordrobes to you in several sizes to make sure you look your best in THEIR clothing. And then they crow about it when you wear something of their’s in public. That is what they mean by a designer DRESSING someone.


  32. Fleur says:

    Well, I’m voting Obama, so the who wears what debate is lost on me.

    That said I really don’t get why Wintour has such a stranglehold on New York fashion. Girl hasn’t come up with a decent Vogue layout since 2002. If you look up magazine circulation statitstics, not only does Vogue sell and distribute the fewest number of copies among all the high fashion rags, the magazine is also one of the most expensive to produce. I just don’t get it. I keep expecting her to get sacked.

    And I think it’s pretty stupid for designers to put a moratorium on who dresses whom. I can barely stand listening to Mitt Romney prattle on for more than thirty seconds (which made all three debates a tortorous experience :P) but I think his wife should have the same designer access as Michelle. These designers really want to act all high and mighty when they bulk of their accessories are manufactored in slave labor conditions in China on the half-penny? When they both perpetuate and encourage youth obsession and anorexia by hiring teenage runway and print models that barely pass their BMI test? Come on now. They need to get off their high horses.

    • TG says:

      @Chatcat – Show us a charity that romney has donated to that is not affiliated with his church. The only thing that matters to me are women’s rights anyway. Supporting candidates who think is its God’s gift for a woman to be raped and impregnated is outrageous and the American Taliban as I have come to call them. Maybe we should stone the victim since she enticed the rapist. And yes, romney still endorses mourdock. At least he is honest about something.

    • gg says:

      Clar: The article wasn’t about the designers acting high and mighty, it’s supposed to be about Wintour cowing them down.

  33. Ang says:

    Whether or not this is true, if the Manolo Blahnik was on the other foot and this was even alluded to…oh boy!
    There would be such loud cries of racism and bigotry that a deaf person would hear them and Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would be leading protests and crying for justice.

    • Susie Q says:

      Apples and oranges, Michelle Obama is the First Lady and at this point Ann Romney is just a wanna be.

    • Sweet Dee says:

      Oh, come now. Let’s not get stupid. This whole comments section has amused me but I was waiting for this comment: “if it were switched the liberals would cry racism,” because nobody ELSE does that right?

      Do you remember the last election? Dems jumped all over Palin for the hundreds of thousands of dollars she ADMITTEDLY spent on clothes, shoes, and makeup. Do you know what happened? “SEXISM! SEXISM” cries from the GOP.

      MOST people in fashion are vapid morons with an eye for style, but one thing they are not is racist. Bigoted against fat people, yes, but racist? No.

      The heated arguments are one thing, but when you stoop to pitying yourself for being white, you’re done.

  34. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    Again just great diversity of comments that’s why i like this site. ALL politics aside, who the hell does AW think she is? She should ask herself why she has ruined Vogue and turned it into Variety East. THe supermodel era was so much better real fashion as entertainment and aspiration, Going political isn’t what fashion is about.

  35. Madriani's Girl says:

    I loathe Wintour and her “muse”, that caftan-wearing jacka** Andre Leon Tallow or whatever he calls himself. This woman should never have been given so much power and people who kowtow to her should be slapped. But I’ll give her big points for banning Kim Slutashian from the Met Ball.

  36. annie says:

    Well I’m not American, but I can certainly understand why the fashion industry, staffed largely by women and gay men, would be reluctant to have any form of association with the Republican party. The Republicans seem to have serious difficulties with both women and gay people.

  37. mystified says:

    After Vogue’s fawning article on the first lady of Syria Asma al Assad in the March 2011 issue entitled “A Rose in the Desert”, I wouldn’t mind being on Anna Wintour’s hate list. Sure Assad has murdered thousands of his country’s citizens but his wife sure is chic!?

    Wintour has proven time and again to show horrible judgment not just in her tired juvenile hair style but in world leaders.

  38. L says:

    Vogue was trying to get Anne Romney for the august issue, so I’m not buying it.

    And please, Anna Wintour isn’t THAT powerful. If this was true it would have come out months ago.

  39. Camille says:

    I’m surprised in all the comments I’ve read no one has mentioned the b word….bully
    That’s exactly what this is IF this did indeed happen

  40. Camille says:

    That being said What’s w the lobster get-up?

  41. Nan209 says:

    Anne is selecting off the rack to look like one of the little people who have no other choice but to do so.

  42. G says:

    Yeah, personally, I have a hard time believing that Wintour would risk offending Republican millionaires.

    They’re the prime market for the high price luxury goods she’s in the business of promoting.

    More like Romney wants to avoid criticism for a too up-market style. She got crucified for a having a caddy. There is a recession on you know.

  43. JD says:

    I still don’t understand why Anna is editor of Vogue. Has she ever followed any of the advice the mag dishes out?
    She needs a makeover.

    • Onyx XV says:

      No kidding! Her “style” is SOOO out of date. And bangs?? Really?? On anyone over the age of 5 they look ludicrous.

      • gg says:

        Her style, and especially her hairdo, is only like that to conceal telltale age clues. The ‘do covers as much of her face as humanly possible. Imagine what she would look like with all her hair pulled back. Eeeek! :0

  44. Kim says:

    The fashion industry is despicable. I’d rather dress a blond ‘stepford wife’ than a big black moose.

  45. Onyx XV says:

    If Wintour did do this, she just earned one “like” point from me, for the first time ever.

  46. Janet says:

    Any woman who supports republican candidates has absolutely no self-respect.


    • trudibell says:

      agreed x a million.

    • Dirty Martini says:

      Oh please. I find this position to be utter dribble. As women we have one thing in common: possession of a vagina. To portend we should all share the same political affiliation on the basis of v-jay possession is breathtakingly simpled minded.

      I’m more than that. I have a mind too. And that mind is individual and unique. We’d squeal with righteous indignation at the concept in reverse, and call it sexist and neanderthal.

      And I find this “as women if we arent card caryying democrats then we aren’t women” mindboggling insulting.

      Carry on. Vote for whom you choose on the basis of what is important to you. But dont dare be so self important to assume that what is important to you is equally important to all owners of a vagina.

      • Janet says:

        You’re partially correct. As women, you and I both a have a vagina. Where we differ is that I also have a brain.

      • Camille says:

        @dirty martini
        I like your post and your drink choice

      • Dirty Martini says:

        I have enough of a brain to recognize that stereotyping and generalizing on the basis of gender is intellctually lazy and as offensive as doing it on the basis of race or ethnicity.

    • JD says:

      God, you’re stupid.

  47. skeptical says:

    Or it’s just that the lardgly pro-gay fashion industry doesn’t want ties to the very anti-gay and anti-woman republican xtian-taliban.

  48. andyandy111 says:

    Did anyone actually read the referenced article, or are we all reaching for the torches and pitchforks like good sheep who do what we’re told?

    There is no proof, or even indication that Ann Wintour has forbid anything. It is just a ridiculously far-fetched theory that someone pulled out of their rear and it has no basis in anything even remotely resembling fact.

    The only facts are Anna Wintour is a Democrat and Anna Wintour has donated money to the Obama campaign.

    Short of that, everything else is a fabrication. Everything else is wild musings that could be true in the same way that it could be true that YOU are a devout satanist and serial killer in your off-time. After all, there is no possible way of verifying either outlandish claim.

    Also, everyone who goes to a satire entertainment website for real news is a complete dumbass. I hope you don’t have children.

    • Sweet Dee says:

      Okay, but did you read the comments before you posted yours? The ladies in this forum are actually very well informed about the news and history, on both sides.

      Also, nobody reads the Mail because it’s all bullcrap. EVERY Mail article is a fabrication, so don’t bother next time.

      Many of them have children who I’m sure will be fine because they read credible sources, unlike yourself. Clearly.

  49. Sweettart says:

    To Wintour & fashion designers et. al.

    Get over yourselves already!

  50. mln89 says:

    since this story is coming from the daily FAIL, part of rupert murdoch’s faux noise empire, that consistently uses conservative LIES and PROPAGANDA and tries to pass it off as news to people with no working braincells: i don’t believe one single, solitary WORD of it.

  51. mln89 says:

    and even if it WAS true, which i don’t believe, considering the rupert murcdoch approved conservative liars masquerading as credible journalists that generated this crap, SO WHAT? designers DO NOT have to send clothes to ANYONE. ever! i mean wouldn’t that be against romney’s beliefs of people getting HANDOUTS anyway. let her idiot husband and his campaign buy her whatever she wants to wear, she won’t die. i think the daily fail made this up because top designers are naturally inclined to want to dress michelle obama in the first place: she has a great body, a lot of press and exposure, a HUGE FASHION FOLLOWING and fashion influence since BEFORE she became the first lady, and last but not least, um HELLO: she’s ALREADY the first lady! duh. i’m tired of conservative rags like this cooking up these stupid lies and conspiracy theories about liberals; as if anna wintour would have time or give a flying fuck about who dresses ann romney. first its weapons of mass destruction and now it’s a plot by the fashion industry to destroy romney?!? lol romney and his “47%” comments have done a good enough job of that already. i mean designers aren’t dumb: they are going to go with the KNOWN entity and ESTABLISHED fashion plate, with BUILT IN press who would probably look TEN times better in their clothing ANYWAY. meaning michelle obama.

    • Chatcat says:

      mln…you have strong opinions on conservatives lying about liberals and that is fine. We each take away something away from the stories we are “fed” by any media. But speaking of lying and credible journalism, what is your take on Benghazi and the 4 dead Americans that now there is “credible proof” that the Administration knew 2 hours into the attack that it was an AlQueda sponsored attack and not as a result of a 6 min video? I mean “credible journalism” cuts both ways doesn’t it? I believe all politicians lie, but I have to say some are bigger then others and when people die and the media generates and perpetuates a lie isn’t that worrisome too? It is to me.

      • Janet says:

        Oh now you want to get into lying? If I had a nickel for every lie Romney and Ryan have told during this campaign I could retire rich.

        BTW how did you like Kim’s comment above? Is that the kind of racist trash you want to be associated with?

      • Chatcat says:

        No Janet, I think Kim’s post was disgusting and so was mln’s response to her racist remarks with her own racist remark “go drink bleach” that was just as disgusting.

        Don’t dare dare try to drag me into a race thing BECAUSE I have been coming to CB for years and one thing NOBODY can say about me is that I am a bigot of any kind, so if you want to discuss the lie’s (as I said ALL politicians do lie) and the scope of one vs the other is fine by me, but don’t try to bring race into it by jumping all over posts and trying to insinuate I am racist because of liberal vs conservative media coverage by blending my post with any other poster’s bigotted remarks.

      • Janet says:

        Oh for Pete’s sake, “drink bleach” is not a racist comment”‘ any more than “eat sh*t” is a racist comment. What Kim said was absolutely foul and mln and I both called her on it.

      • mln89 says:

        @ what?

      • mln89 says:

        cat what?

      • Janet says:

        @mln: Sounds to me like she thinks “drink bleach” is racist. 🙄

      • Chatcat says:

        mln…in your post you display that you feel so strongly that the “conservative” media are liars masquerading as journalists what your view was with the lack of coverage from the “liberal” media on the death of 4 Americans in Benghazi? My point really being that the conservative and liberal media covers what they want, reports on what and who they want, and if somebody only watches, reads or listens to one and not the other then who can say who is lying or “acting” like a credible journalistic outlet and who isn’t. I personally don’t give a rats ass how the first lady dresses, who dresses’s her, how it’s paid for, but it has been an interesting and enlightening thread here at CB today.

      • mln89 says:

        @chat cat- first of all don’t you fucking dare try to insult my intelligence or ANYONE ELSE’S intelligence here. you know goddamn well that saying “drink bleach” is not a racist comment. NO BELIEVES THAT. not even YOU. and to equate that with kim’s comment that was ACTUALLY racist calling OUR first lady a fucking big BLACK MOOSE? seriously, how DARE you. no one is going to roll over, play dumb, and give credence to your conservative LYING and false equivalencies here. try again, and try it on fox noise with the OTHER peons who have their braincells turned off, kay?

        and here’s a tip: if you don’t want to have anyone think that you’re a conservative bigot, then don’t fucking defend a conservative bigot with the stupidest tactic in the book: to say the person calling them on their RACISM is a racist when you and everyone with two eyes, reading comprehension skills, and a THE TINIEST grasp of history know damn well that it isn’t true. stop with the righteous indignantion in support of your racist piece of garbage conservative compatriot kim. you may not LIKE my response to kim, and you may even think it’s VULGAR. idgaf. oh well, that would be your opinion and like an asshole, everyone has one. but don’t try to mitigate her hateful comment in support of a republican with “racism” that you just pulled out of your ass. not only does it make you look stupid and like your not playing with a full deck of cards (or braincells, or intellect) to come up with something so patently absurd, it makes you look SUSPECT. kay? so gtfoh with that crap and don’t try and insult anyone’s intelligence with your made up b.s. again.

    • mln89 says:

      @janet- thank you for having my back and dealing with chatcat’s STRAIGHT UP stupidity, lies, and obfuscations. you definitely responded to chatcat’s attempt to denigrate your intellect in a nicer way then i did, and i give you credit for your infinite patience.

      @chatcat- oh and for your information it was between telling kim to “go play in traffic” or “drink bleach”. soooo racist! omg! LMAO!

      and as for the news blurb you posted? wtf? it’s UNITELLIGEBLE. and what “liberal” news outlets are you even referencing? there have been NUMEROUS documented lies propagated as news by faux noise. it started with conservatives (reagan, to be specific) legalizing telling lies in NEWS broadcasts in the 1980’s. don’t even try to play with me, mmkay?

      • mln89 says:

        OH MY GOD, chatcat, do the lies and stupidity ever stop with you? and now i’m the “only” bigot and racist? you are so EFFEN dumb. do YOU even believe the bullshit you just wrote? and what part of the country are you from? because i’m going to google that shit RIGHT NOW. no one has ever used “drink bleach” solely in reference to white people! get real. hell, I’VE said it to people of ALL races just like i’ve told people of all races to play in traffic! is telling someone to play in traffic racist too? what the fuck is this the “faux noise” twilight zone?

        you are so fucking transparent. if you thought kim’s comment was racist why didn’t YOU chew her out for calling the first lady a big black moose and instead of bring your ignorance here and trying to pretend i said something racist, JUST so you could mitigate her comment. ugh! be gone! fuck out of here. oh and foul mouthed…when dealing with a bunch of idiotic bigots like you and kim, i don’t give a flying f*ck what i say to you people. i’ll wear the badge of a foul mouth PROUDLY.

    • Chatcat says:

      Wow mln…just two quick things, in my part of the country “drinking bleach” is absoultely known as racist remark against white people and second, the only bigotted foul mouthed racist on here is you!

      • mln89 says:

        OH MY GOD, chatcat, do the lies and stupidity ever stop with you? and now i’m the “only” bigot and racist? you are so EFFEN dumb. do YOU even believe the bullshit you just wrote? and what part of the country are you from? because i’m going to google that shit RIGHT NOW. no one has ever used “drink bleach” solely in reference to white people! get real! sorry to thwart your mission to justifiably call a liberal a racist, but “drink bleach” is just a REGULAR OLD insult, lol. along the same lines as “play in traffic” and “go fuck yourself”. hell, I’VE said drink bleach to people of ALL races just like i’ve told people of all races to play in traffic! is telling someone to play in traffic racist too? is go fuck yourself a slur against white people now?? lol! you can BE dumb all you want to but i REFUSE to PLAY dumb with you and so does janet. i refuse to give credence to your blatant lies. tell me exactly where you are from, and it better damn well be verifiable that saying “drink bleach” is a racist remark to white people.

        i also want to let you know fucking transparent you are. if you thought kim’s comment was racist why didn’t YOU chew her out for calling the first lady a big black moose and instead of bringing your ignorance here and trying to pretend i said something racist, JUST so you could mitigate her comment. ugh! be gone! fuck out of here. oh and foul mouthed…when dealing with a bunch of idiotic bigots like you and kim, i don’t give a flying f*ck what i say to you people. i’ll wear the badge of a foul mouth PROUDLY.

      • Trashaddict says:

        Um — what part of the country would that be? I’ve never heard that. And just how would one infer racism from that remark? (That is an honest question, not a rhetorical one). Anyway, MOST of the time people manage to get along on this site, regardless of their political or other differences. You really put your foot in it with the “big black moose” comment. So you have a couple of options: you can apologize for posting something really offensive and thoughtless, and get on with life, or you can find a site with views more compatible to your own and spare us the nastiness.

      • Janet says:

        The only racist on here is mln? You need to quit now. If you don’t think Kim is a racist behind that comment she posted, you’re as much of a racist as she is.

  52. Sweet Dee says:


    1. NEVER trust or even bother reading the Daily Mail. Half of their “news” stories are about women faking rape, and it’s ridiculous how biased they are.

    2. Should we be surprised the fashion industry has Obama in their pocket? So do the drug companies, they’ve been selling politics to ALL the dems for years. The oil and food companies have the GOP in their pocket, and It’s been that way for a couple of decades now. So, go ahead and get over that, it’s not changing.

    3. Anna Wintour, as many have stated, is a bitchy, full-of-herself, outdated bully, so anyone who gives a rat’s ass what she thinks is an idjit.

    4. Michelle Obama clearly does not dress herself, so let’s not give her credit for doing so. I don’t think she cares about fashion but knows how to win people over and understands the importance of a little help.

    5. Ann Romney clearly dresses herself, and she does so horribly. I honestly don’t think she cares about fashion either, and she might just get a stylist if she becomes the FLOTUS herself. I would. But why would a 60-something rich lady ever have to worry about that until all eyes were on her?

    6. This has been an amusing set of comments. Thanks for the entertainment.

    • ZenB!tch says:

      ITA on all your points. I also want to add that Michelle Obama is a much younger woman. That makes her more glamorous. The media cast her in that role the minute they saw her whether she wanted that role or not.

      I NEVER paid any attention to the First Lady before Michelle. Why? They were all older and dowdy. I don’t think anyone dressed Hillary and she’s a Dem. I still don’t think anyone does.

      When I first saw Michelle she wasn’t as fashiony as she is now but she was dressed like a young business woman and I took to her immediately as relateable. Now she’s that same woman WITH ACCESS!

      I am no fan of her husbands but I am a fan of hers.

  53. ZenB!tch says:

    I can’t stand Ann Romney – the Stepford comment is spot on. I find her much more loathsome than her husband to be honest.

    However, if this is true it’s awfully petty and Anna Wintour can be petty.

  54. Dirty Martini says:

    1. Anna Wintour is a (word deleted, even I dont say that word.)

    2. And she needs to get over herself.

    3. Ann Romney can afford to buy any designer she wants, any day.

    4. Whether they cough it up on their own–or she buys it — is immaterial.

    5. But I think more of HER for buying it without the eendorsement than I do of MO.

    6. Because AR has never announced she is ashamed of her country .

    let the Republican bashing begin. But I’m a liberterian and candidly–I think they are all crap.

    • Chatcat says:

      AMEN Dirty! I am an Independent and feel the same way. I am a fiscal conservative and a social liberal and find that the left wing loonies and the right wing nuts desire nothing more then to try and tear into us middle of the spectrum folks. UGH.

  55. debbi says:

    not for nothing but there is no way this is true, and I say that because so far almost everything Anne Romney has worn is designer. Just because she has no style and can’t put an outfit together doesn’t mean she isn’t wearing expensive clothing.

  56. Cleo says:

    Or the fashion industry who includes a lot of gay members or people with gay friends aren’t very interested in styling or dressing a group of politicians who at best want to deny them civil rights and at worst think of them as sub-human.

    • mln89 says:

      THANK YOU! most people wouldn’t want to support a political party that actively discriminates against them and uses denying them their civil rights as a ploy to attract ignorant, self-righteous, bible thumping evangelicals. because evangelical VOTES and MONEY are DEFINITELY more important then making sure that gay people are fully enfranchised. SO, SO much more important!

    • giddy says:

      Oh really… they LOVED dressing Nancy Reagan…

      • mln89 says:

        i’ll give you that. but gays inside and outside of the fashion industry sure did mind when her husband failed to acknowledge or deal with the hiv/aids epidemic in the 1980’s.

  57. Anon73 says:

    …b/c we need a shallow b*tch like Anna Wintour to influence our nation’s political agenda?? i think not…

    let’s hope Romney wins now and shows that cigarette b*tch just how irrelevant and unpowerful she really is. 🙂

  58. Anon says:

    just curious, where does Ann Romney purchase her clothing “off the racks”?

  59. Jessica says:

    I love Anna. I highly recommend The September Issue. She actually seems really cool, admirable, self-aware, smart. I like her a lot.

  60. Sam says:

    Wouldn’t surprise me one bit

  61. Sam says:

    At the end of the day, I think it’s ridiculous that people even need stylists to step out of the door not looking like shit.

  62. Luise says:

    Anna Wintour is one mean old bitch who looks like shit with her obvious nose job and her shellacked helmet head chronic boring hairdo.

  63. Ming says:

    If she wants or not, Ann Romney is tied to a lot of unvogue sh-t.

    Also known as verbal vomit from Michelle Bachman, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Todd Akin.

    Honest rape and being gay is a sin doesn’t go very well with Chanel.

  64. Jay says:

    Honestly, this is great. Capitalists think people should be able to vote with their pocketbooks, right? That’s all this is – big names are choosing not to support the Romneys because they don’t want to associate their names with Republican stances on social justice issues. Good on ’em.

  65. Chip says:

    Go Anna go! Ann Romney has no taste in men and no taste in clothes! If I were a designer I would hate to be associated with her and be accused of making her over.
    Ann Romeny reminds me of Syria’s first lady. She tries to pretend she’s one of the people but she’s really as out of touch as her husband. The dog probably crawled into it’s cage on the top of the car to avoid both of them on family vacations.

  66. natalina says:

    evil fur hag, i hope she passes away soon

  67. kateacher says:

    Anna Wintour better get used to the idea that Mrs. Romney will be a fashion icon within the next two weeks. Two point what million???? Wish she would just pay that in taxes and help to lower the national debt. Isn’t she one of those that her chosen candidate says should pay more????? Too freakin funny.