Vogue editrix Anna Wintour gets her share of (bad) press. Stories of her iciness, her inscrutability and for some, Wintour’s inherent evil have become urban legend. She’s also, apparently got her fair share of crazy and Tim Gunn has been witness to some of her antics. In his new book Gunn’s Golden Rules, the Project Runway star narrates how he saw firsthand that Ms Wintour doesn’t do elevators.
At designer Peter Som‘s show at the Metropolitan Pavilion, Wintour was carried by her bodyguards down five sets of stairs because she refused to take the elevator. He writes, “After the show, I was with a colleague from Parsons, and we had been discussing the will-she-or-won’t-she-take-the-elevator question, so we ran over to the elevator bay to see if Anna would deign to get on. She wasn’t there. Then we looked over the stairway railing. And what did we see but Anna being carried down the stairs. The bodyguards had made a fireman’s lock and were racing her from landing to landing. She was sitting on their crossed arms.” Oh no she didn’t!
And that’s not all. Gunn adds, “I ran to the window to see if they would put her down on the sidewalk or carry her to the car like that. They carried her to the car. And I thought: I will never for get this.” He doesn’t let Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley off the hook either. At a panel discussion with photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and People editor Martha Nelson, Talley flat-out refused to participate in a sound check in favor of being fed by assistants. Apparently, “When we return to the green room, we see that someone has spread a translucent barber’s bib over Andre and he’s reclining, his arms at his sides. He’s being fed grapes and cubes of cheese one by one, like a bird in a nest.”
Naturally, a spokesman for Vogue has stated, “Tim Gunn has a very vivid imagination. There is no truth to any of this.”
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