It’s always about timing. If it’s too soon, no one understands. If it’s too late, everyone’s forgotten.

— Anna Wintour

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If you can't be better than your competition, just dress better.


If you look at any great fashion photograph out of context, it will tell you just as much about what's going on in the world as a headline in the New York Times.


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.


You either know fashion or you don't.


You can’t really worry too much…about what the competition is doing or what other people in your field are doing. It has to be a true vision.


Go get a job. Whether it’s working as a designer or working in a restaurant and then doing your own thing in your own time, it’s a reality of life. In the end it’s going to be helpful to you and so many others.


Everyone should be sacked at least once in their career because perfection doesn't exist. It's important to have setbacks, because that is the reality of life.


I look for strong people. I don't like people who'll say yes to everything I might bring up. I want people who can argue and disagree and have a point of view that's reflected in the magazine. My dad believed in the cult of personality. He brought great writers and columnists to The Standard.


It's the mishaps that make it fun, and brings you the surprise.


Just be true to yourself, and listen as much as one is able to to other people whose opinions you respect and look up to but in the end it has to come from you. You can’t really worry too much by looking to the left and the right about what the competition is doing or what other people in your field are doing. It has to be a true vision.


Even if I'm completely unsure, I'll pretend I know exactly what I'm talking about and make a decision.


Create your own individual style. I'm not interested in the girl who walks into my office in a HEAD-to-TOE LABEL look that's straight off the runway. I'm interested in a Girl who puts herself together in an ORIGINAL INDEPENDENT Way


About Anna Wintour

Quotes 58 sayings
Profession Magazine editor
Birthday November 3, 1949

If one comes across sometimes as being cold or brusque, it's simply because I'm striving for the best.


I'm very good at delegating - people work much better when they have a real sense of responsibility. But at the same time, I don't like surprises. I don't pore over every shoot, but I do like to be aware at all times of what's going on.


People constantly make the mistake of comparing London with New York, Milan and Paris and that's not what it's about. London has its own fashion identity. You come here to find the next Alexander McQueen or John Galliano.


I'm an ice queen, I'm the Sun King, I'm an alien fleeing from District 9 and I'm a dominatrix. So I reckon that makes me a lukewarm royalty with a whip from outer space.


I don't think of myself as a powerful person.


Gisele Bundchen is a bit of a jock. 1 of my fave shoots is her playing football


I've been very lucky to put women that I sincerely admire on the cover of 'Vogue:' the then First Lady and now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and, more recently, First Lady Michelle Obama. Those were benchmarks for the magazine, and certainly covers that I've been very, very proud of.


[The democratization of luxury] means more people are going to get better fashion. And the more people who can have fashion, the better.


It's not so much about powerful women.

In some cases, there are stereotypes about women. I often don't hear men talked about in the same way. It's more a sexist stereotype than a powerful stereotype.


I saw young women in the street dressing in a way that I thought was influencing the designers. Fashion was being influenced by all sorts of different people, and culture and also across the street. So I saw more as a trickle up, than a trickle down influence. When I came to Vogue, that's what I wanted it to reflect.


The notion that Anna would want something done "now" and not "shortly" is accurate.


Well it just looks so ugly. Is it a boy or is it a girl?


One wants to be surprised.


One should look forward rather than backwards.


It's possible in today's world to be instantly famous, whether it's through Instagram or whatever platform it may be, but it's a very different matter to be successful financially and in the long-term


The Trump Card is appealing, grounded, smart, and has a sense of humor.

Ivanka Trump proves that believing in yourself and working hard never go out of style.


We are devastated to learn of the death of Alexander McQueen, one of the greatest talents of his generation. He brought a uniquely British sense of daring and aesthetic fearlessness to the global stage of fashion. In such a short career, Alexander McQueen's influence was astonishing - from street style, to music culture and the world's museums. His passing marks an insurmountable loss.


I think possibly what people working for one hate the most is indecision.

Even if I'm completely unsure, I'll pretend I know exactly what I'm talking about and make a decision. The most important thing I can do is try and make myself very clearly understood.


When I hear a company is being run by a team, my heart sinks, because you need to have that leader with a vision and heart that can move things forward.


Models today, she explained, don't understand that to be successful you have to have a personality, intelligence, and issues that you support, and Gisele embodies these qualities.


The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn't true.


Fashion is a reflection of our times.

Fashion can tell you everything that's going on in the world with a strong fashion image.


I don’t like people who are late.


People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.


It's important for young women and men coming out of the fashion schools to think seriously before starting their own collections.


I'd just been on a trip to Minnesota, where I can only kindly describe most of the people I saw as little houses.


Gisele Bundchen, along w Kate Moss, is a phenomenon.

I wish models knew they have to have a personality


I'm interested in seeing just the girl on the street because she is unlike any other. I'm inspired by whatever it is she might be wearing.


To be in Vogue has to mean something


I wasn't academically successful. And maybe I've spent a lot of my career trying to make up for that.


There is something about fashion that can make people really nervous.


The best way to make dream come true is to wake up.


I think what I often see is that people are frightened about fashion.

Because it scares them or makes them feel insecure, so they just put it down. On the whole people that may say the mean things about our world I think that’s usually because they feel, in some ways, excluded or, you know, not a part of ‘the cool group’ so as a result they just mock it.


Fashion is not beautiful, neither is it ugly. Why should it be either? Fashion is fashion.


Fashion goes in only one direction -forward- and I am a firm believer in thinking that way too.


Tears? Are you going for a Barbara Walters moment?


Fashion's not about looking back. It's always about looking forward.

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