There are a number of powerful women in the fashion industry and will probably never be a shortage of ladies to look up to. However, among all the inspiring females in the business, there’s one who reigns supreme: Vogue’s Anna Wintour… and with good reason.
The British-born editor and artistic director tends to be elusively tight-lipped, rarely speaking publicly or making controversial statements of any kind—save for her surprising comments about the conversation-starting Kim Kardashian and Kayne West Vogue cover. Yet, over the course of her nearly 40-year career, Wintour has let a few of closely guarded jeweled thoughts slip —and the fashion world has been all the better for them.
Given that Anna Wintour has guided the likes of Alexander Wang, Rodarte and Proenza Schouler and a long list of others to success over her 25-year tenure at Vogue, following her advice might give you a good chance of following in her lavish footsteps too.
Here are our five favorite tips from Anna Wintour the godmother of style:
Anna Wintour On The Importance of a Good Team
“I’m much more of a believer in finding a great team of people and trusting them to follow their instincts. They work better when they feel they have freedom and they are trusted.”
Anna Wintour On Staying Confident
“Even if I’m completely unsure, I’ll pretend I know exactly what I’m talking about and make a decision.”
Anna Wintour On Taking Risks
“It’s very important to take risks. I think that research is very important, but in the end you have to work from your instinct and feeling and take those risks and be fearless.”
Anna Wintour On Interaction
“In today’s world, you have to interact. You can’t be some difficult, shy person who is not able to look somebody in the face; you have to present yourself. You have to know how to talk about your vision, your focus, and what you believe in.”
Anna Wintour Being Careful
“The only thing I worry a little bit about going straight from school to starting your own business is that many do not succeed. I personally would advise you to think carefully before you start your own business, and consider possibly working for a designer or a company whose work you admire.”