Anna Wintour, the legendary editor of Vogue magazine, is hosting a fundraiser for Barack Obama this Thursday. In another life, this in and of itself wouldn’t be news. The political left has increasingly associated itself with the glamour and celebrity of Hollywood and high fashion. That’s not terribly interesting.
But the timing is especially curious. This morning’s New York Times profiled how Wintour’s magazine published an embarrassingly gushing spread on Asma al-Assad, the First Lady of the Syrian regime. They’ve since walked back their love affair with a public face of the regime that has slaughtered thousands of Syrian civilians in the last year. In a statement, Wintour lamented the atrocities in Syria, noting, “we were hopeful that the Assad regime would be open to a more progressive society.” (In April, the magazine noted that Mrs. Assad was “extremely thin and very well-dressed, and therefore qualified to be in Vogue.”)
I’ll just say this. Wintour appears to have an exceptional taste in fashion and style. Not so much on her judgement of character.
Someone who's fundraising for Obama seen to have exceptional taste in fashion and style but not so her judgment of character.