There’s been lots of discussion recently about the uptick in influence the fashion industry has had on politics, but it’s not so much as “the fashion industry” as it is, “people who have money who are also loosely affiliated with the fashion industry.” Nobody does this sh*t for free, least of all artists, who the Obama administration has a history of f***ing over, anyway. They haven’t been promised a DC fashion week, and while arguably necessary, I highly doubt Congress will ever be suitably convinced that a measure banning leggings worn as pants will ever truly be warranted.
So why is the fashion industry so keen to hop on the Obama bandwagon? Because, apparently, their Queen Bee wants the hell out of the fashion industry.
An article in Saturday’s Guardian mused that Anna Wintour might be rewarded with a political appointment in return for all the money she’sraising for Obama’s reelection campaign. Namely, that she’d be named the U.S. ambassador in England, a post that’s expected to open up later this year.
At first blush, the possibility of Wintour leaving Vogue for a jaunt back to her native London seems absurd, but the Guardian makes a good case for it. The post in question is traditionally reserved for deep-pocketed “friends” of the president, as it’s a cushy job that doesn’t require much heavy lifting when it comes to diplomacy. Recent history supports this: The position is currently occupied by 74-year-old Louis Susman, a retired vice-president of Citigroup, whose fund-raising abilities during Obama’s 2008 campaign earned him the nickname “the vacuum cleaner.” During the Bush administration, the spot was held by wealthy supporters William Farish and Robert Tuttle.
This is harder than it looks, unfortunately. A great haircut and a reputation for angrily launching multiple cups of coffee won’t cut it. Hell, Doug Kmeic sold his entire moral code to the Obama campaign machine and all he got was Malta. A seat in England, glamorously royal as that is, is gonna take a lot of money and a lot of support to achieve, especially considering that after the appointment of all of his first-run high end donors was completed, Obama promised that wealthy Americans could no longer buy their way into diplomatic posts abroad, but that clearly was only applicable in a variety of extreme situations, considering the practice has been duly observed by the administration as recently as April.
Personally, Wintour seems especially suited to a job that requires the kind of diplomatic acumen that comes with being a fashion editor. She’d fill her calendar with ridiculously posh events where she’d be forced to extoll the virtues of third world dictators until it was necessary to stab them in the back with an ice pick and a smile. And no one’s more practiced at that than Anna Wintour.