The backlash over Anna Wintour's political activities — the Vogue editor is a top-tier Obama "bundler," having raised more than $500,000 for his reelection campaign, and has personally donated over $96,000 to Democratic candidates since 2004 — is here. And it is very, very sexist. On his radio show, Glenn Beck attacked Wintour and the Web ad she recently filmed for the Obama campaign (the one where she invited supporters to donate for a chance to dine with the president at a fundraiser Wintour is co-hosting with Michelle Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker) by referring to everyone's favorite hit dramedy of 2006, The Devil Wears Prada. "She was the devil part," said the radio host. "She was the person who was actually in the movie treating her co-workers... like garbage, waiting on her every whim. She is what [Obama] says capitalists are like all the time. She is everything she says the Republicans are and she's an Obama supporter." He then put on an accent to mock Wintour's pronunciation of "Mee-chelle Obahhma," and her invitation from the video: "I'm saving the best seat for you. Actually, I'm lying. You're gonna get a crumbum seat because you're part of the people." For good measure, he added, "She's not from a foreign country, she's an American." Wintour is in fact "from a foreign country" — she was born and raised in the U.K. (though she is also a naturalized U.S. citizen).
Meanwhile, paleoconservative-with-a-Post-column John Podhoretz devoted his entire weekly rant to Wintour and her fancy-schmancy, "ridiculous," nose-in-the-air high-fashion turpitude. Podhoretz posted a still from the video, and called Wintour a "horror show" in the image caption. "The head-scratching political event of the weekend was the Obama campaign's release of a video starring that peerless political thinker and ideological visionary, Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour," he writes. (John Podhoretz's qualifications to opine on matters political include the fact that he won Jeopardy! like five times in the 90s.) Podhoretz calls out Wintour's "relative lack of fame" compared to her co-hosts, and swoops in low for a joke about how fashion people have food issues, asking whether "the menu will include a salad of three lettuce leaves without dressing with a Tic Tac for dessert?"
The conservative Web site the Daily Caller put a photo of Parker on its homepage under the headline, "Horse Race." The subhed: "FROM THE STABLES: Horsing around with Sarah Jessica Parker."
That politicians sometimes host fundraising events with celebrities and figures from the media is hardly news. Mitt Romney is currently pimping a strikingly similar celebrity dinner sweepstakes with Donald Trump in New York. "Dine with the Donald!" promises Romney's Web site. For donating $3 or more, you too can be entered to win a chance to "Ride in the Trump vehicle while in New York," get a tour of Trump Tower, and "Dine with Donald Trump and Mitt Romney." Why is Obama's dinner fundraiser getting so much negative attention? Probably because it happens to be co-hosted by two women who can be painted as frivolous, for entirely sexist reasons, thanks to their involvement with fashion. [HuffPo, NYPost, ThinkProgress]
- Alexander Wang finally filed an official response to the lawsuit leveled against him by two former employees. The employees allege that violations of minimum wage and maximum working hour laws are routinely flouted at the company, and that workers were forced to work 16-hour days without overtime or breaks in an unventilated, windowless workroom. Wang says that the two employees in question were paid $25 and $22 per hour, and given all legally mandated overtime, breaks, paid sick leave, and paid vacation time, plus health insurance and benefits. The defendants "have complied with all applicable wage and hour and leave laws, and there is no basis whatsoever for plaintiffs' frivolous and entirely unsupportable accusations," reads the response. The company described its workspace as a "modern, brightly lit studio with high ceilings and large windows." [WWD]
- Legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland is the subject of the new documentary Diana Vreeland: the Eye Has to Travel. Anna Wintour has nothing on this lady:
Ali MacGraw, who worked as her assistant in the days before she became a movie star, talks with evident alarm of Vreeland "storming into the office" and barking out orders. [...] On one occasion, Vreeland returned to the office after lunch and hurled her coat at MacGraw, expecting the assistant to hang it up. Instead, MacGraw hurled it back. Vreeland was furious but also admired her assistant's gumption. Invariably, half her staff was reduced to tears before the day was over. Even so, they grew (and remained) devoted to her.
- Outside the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards on Monday night, fans waited behind police barricades to catch a glimpse of top designers, models, and celebrities, as if it were the Oscars or something. And things got pretty testy. Marc Jacobs proved a disappointment — he told a fan desperate for a picture, "I'm not coming over there. If you want a picture with me you are coming over here," which was mean, considering the police barricades — and host Seth Meyers was applauded when he tripped over just after ignoring fans' requests for a photo. [Fashionista]
- Paco Rabanne has another new creative director: Lydia Maurer. Maurer was previously the label's studio design director, and has also worked for Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, and Martine Sitbon. [WWD]
- Rodarte is designing costumes for the first performances of Benjamin Millepied's new L.A. Dance Project. [THR]
- Georgia May Jagger is now the face of the Sunglass Hut. [WWD]
- Doutzen Kroes says it's pointless to compare her body to that of a normal person with a normal job. "I box, I jump rope, and I do lots of leg work, you know, to keep the butt up. So, it's lots of things. I have an amazing trainer and I'm really fortunate to have that, you know? But it's also my job. You can't compare my life to somebody who goes to work everyday; I have to look this way." [Fashionologie]
- Swedish fashion blogger Elin Kling is launching a limited-edition line with Guess. Kling previously did a collaboration with H&M, and she co-owns Fashion Networks International, the blog platform that hosts Bryanboy.com, Fashiontoast.com, and Anna Dello Russo's blog, which was recently sold to Fairchild Fashion Media for an undisclosed sum. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with Leighton Meester. (And "Single Ladies" writer Kate Bolick, who interviewed the actor for Lucky.) Leighton, how has playing Blair Waldorf changed your personal style?
"My friend says that before the show I dressed like a homeless person," she says. "I used to buy everything at garage sales. It was hard to give up! I'd be like, ‘But this crazy sweater is amazing, and it only cost 25 cents!'"