anna wintour is giving the tonys a lesson in class
A nuclear wintour is blowing into theatreland as the Vogue editor in chief is tasked with making the awards more chic.
Anna Wintour has been drafted in to make theatreland's biggest awards, the Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre - or the Tonys for short - more chic. A Tony Award might be the most prestigious gong in US theatre, but the stage stars are not winning in the style stakes: Vogue Editor in Chief Wintour branded last year's ceremony a fashion "disaster" in an interview with Suzy Menkes at Central Saint Martins in 2014. She told a crowd of fashion students, "I was just recently at the Tony awards in New York, and, God, they need your help. Let me tell you, it was a disaster," adding, "How many mermaid fishtail strapless sequins [gowns] can we see?".
Anna is no sideline heckler though, she's a real theatre aficionado, regularly attending show openings in both New York and London. She also comes from a stage-loving stock; her father Charles founded the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 1955, and Anna and her siblings chose to celebrate his life by endowing the Charles Wintour Award For Most Promising Playwright after his death in 1999.
Rather than slouching off to lick their wounds, it seems the Tony awards organisers instead fell at Anna's feet and begged for her help. In the worst-kept secret appointment ever, theatre fan Wintour has been tasked with bringing some Met Gala sparkle to the ceremony. Leading actors have been given their marching orders, directly into the Vogue fashion cupboard, with the magazine apparently picking up the tab for the Anna-approved outfits. It is also rumoured that Wintour will replace the usual ad board photo backdrop with a tasteful box hedge, à la the Vanity Fair Oscars after party; giving those not selected for a Wintour styling sesh something to hide behind at least.