The anniversary passed quietly. With the November, 2013 issue of American Vogue, Anna Wintour marked her twenty-fifth year as the editor-in-chief of the storied magazine. That’s a quarter century, over the course of which Wintour assumed her current role as the most powerful and most influential person in fashion. She’s made careers and inspired books and films. Her persona is larger-than-life; her bob, iconic. Her work speaks for itself. In the industry, she is known, simply, as “Anna.” So why no party?
Most likely because it would have been impossible to top the one Mr. Valentino and Mr. Giammetti hosted for her at Chateau de Wideville this summer. Dinner was lavish, with four long tables set for guests that included designers such as Marc Jacobs, Christopher Kane and Riccardo Tisci, editors including Alexandra Shulman and Franca Sozzani, and models Karlie Kloss and Natalia Vodianova. Of course, Anna is more than familiar with entertaining, Valentino-style; as she recalled when she introduced the FIT Couture Council award for Mr. Valentino in 2011, he made one of his first big splashes on the New York fashion scene with a party at the Pierre Hotel celebrating an early payday. “Anyone who was anyone in New York then was there," Wintour said.
As well as mutual respect, Mr. Valentino and Ms. Wintour share an obvious affection for one another. At the FIT event, Wintour was asked by a reporter from the Wall Street Journal whether she’d see a play based on Mr. Valentino’s life. “Of course,” she replied, with typical sang froid. “Front row.”