Wintour also said: “After an incredibly challenging time for all of us in fashion, especially here in New York, we’re thrilled that this year we are able to support all of our finalists. ” Regardless, the move to award all designers the grant seems like it could be tactical as well—at least for Anna Wintour, who has received an overwhelming amount of criticism in the last year for allegedly racist work environments at Condé Nast, the undoing of Bon Appétit, and André Leon Talley’s memoir, which called Wintour a “colonial broad.”


In her statement following the announcement of this year’s finalists, Wintour claimed that “It’s not only a vote of confidence in their talents, but in a brighter future for American fashion.” To those same designers, I say: take the money and run with it.