Front Row: Anna Wintour: What Lies Beneath the Chic Exterior of Vogue's Editor in Chief

Front Row: Anna Wintour: What Lies Beneath the Chic Exterior of Vogue's Editor in Chief

by Jerry Oppenheimer

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She's ambitious, driven, insecure, needy, a perfectionist—and she's considered the most powerful force in the more than $100 billion fashion industry. She's Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue, the world's fashion bible. With her signature Louise Brooks bob, trademark sunglasses, and glamorous furs, she's a sexy international diva, gossiped about the world over. As famed designed Oscar de la Renta declares, "She's a star."

How did Wintour, who quit school over the length of her hemline, and who had no real writing or communication skills, rise to the pinnacle of the fashion magazine world? Based on scores of interviews with present and former friends and colleagues, Front Row is the scrupulously researched, often shocking life story of this enigmatic icon—a candid portrait of a fashion-obsessed teenager in Swinging Sixties London who claws her way up the ivory tower in New York. It is also an intimate examination of Wintour's personal passions and needs, her loves lost and won, and her feuds and achievements. Anna Wintour's story is an inside look at one of the world's most influential women as well as the catty, competitive bitch-eat-bitch world of fashion. Meow!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312323110
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 742,572
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Jerry Oppenheimer has been writing definitive, bestselling biographies of American icons since the mideighties. His subjects have included Martha Stewart, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Ethel Kennedy, Barbara Walters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Rock Hudson. He has worked in all facets of journalism, from national investigative reporting in Washington, D.C., to producing TV news and documentaries.

Table of Contents

1Family Roots1
2A Teenage Bond12
3Swinging London19
4A Growing Independence28
5London Party Girl36
6Shopgirl Dropout42
7Finding Love at Harrods51
8Live-in Model56
9Making the Masthead63
10Family Affairs76
11Creative Energy80
12Meeting Mr. Wrong84
13Playing Hardball94
14Axed American Style100
15A Curious Betrayal111
16An Embarrassing Position116
17Complex Persona132
18Out in the Cold139
19The Chanel Affair151
20A Savvy Decision158
21New York by Storm173
22A Territorial Grab181
23Mister Big191
24In Vogue203
25Golden Handcuffs211
26Marriage Made in Heaven220
27Baby Makes Three229
28Anna's Guillotine236
29Lover, Friend, Mother247
30Beginning of the End257
31The Parking Lot265
32July Fourth Massacre274
33Anna and the Boss282
34Madonna, Di, and Tina289
35The Assistant297
36Fashion Battlefield303
37The Party's Over314
38An Affair to Remember329
39A New Life345
Selected Bibliography361
Author's Note on Sources363

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Front Row: Anna Wintour: What Lies Beneath the Chic Exterior of Vogue's Editor in Chief 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
hnkemp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although the subject of the book is far from interesting (a relatively vapid soul of a human), the writing is over-the-top sensationalistic, attempting to create something out of literal nothingness.
runmarathon More than 1 year ago
This book puts together some of the pieces of the myth of Anna Wintour. It would be great to have a sequel that goes up through now. In a book by Tim Gunn, there was a reference to Anna.... and a very interesting one at that. The sort of eccentric behaviors that she exhibits in social settings would be great material for another book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jerry Oppenheimer’s book about Anna Wintour is very informing about the Vogue editor. The book was written in 2005 and without the consent of Anna Wintour. Oppenheimer used many sources close to Anna in both personal and business. Many people were fired over the publication of this book, because it exposed the real Anna. Oppenheimer wrote about many of the demands that Anna wanted and the things she always looked for. In the first chapter, it show how demanding Anna really is and how far she will go to get what she wants. As the book progresses, it tells the story of how Anna worked her way up to being the editor at Vogue. Along the way, there were many people she stepped on to get to her position. She can easily be seen as some to hate, but her story of becoming an editor is to intriguing. In some ways Anna’s life can be seen as being easy, but Oppenheimer points out that it isn’t. He reveals Anna’s flaws of being once a do-gooder, to in a sense as becoming a mean girl. Oppenheimer’s writing in mediocre. His writing is dry and distant, with some inserts of awkward jokes. He covers about a chapters worth of her history and almost no information about her current family or children. There are some pictures of Anna that are helpful in identifying people in the book. Oppenheimer seems to be more interested in the cattiness of the fashion world, than about Anna. Overall, I would recommend this book for finding information about Vogue’s top editor and her story. The book was informing and did show the true side of the fashion world and how cruel it can be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love fashiom so it was very cool to read aboit one of my role models, anna wintour. I think she is just a very buisness like person, and that shes not as mean as everyone thinks. I hope one day to be as succesful as her. I mean, if you are that succesful, you dont have to be kind and loving.
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go outside whitch is the best thing ever! Talk to u later! Bye.