Fashion icon Anna Wintour is deemed not only editor-in-chief of Vogue but editorial director of the fashion industry.
Two years ago, since becoming artistic director of Vogue’s parent company, Condé Nast, she’s led the firm on a move to One World Trade and revamped a number of publications. The company’s monthly digital audience is 76.7 million, a 56% increase over the first quarter of 2014.
Wintour is controlled, focused, comfortable with power and averse to errors.
Here’s what she learned about risk from longtime chairman Si Newhouse:
“He read everything and he remembered everything, and if I ever had a question like, you know, this is a beautiful, safe, traditional Vogue cover and then this one is maybe a bit of a risk, he’d always push you toward the risk. And it’s important to know when to go in a new direction. Obviously, you can’t do it all the time or it’s meaningless, but it’s important to be able to make that leap.”
— Adapted from “In Conversation: Anna Wintour,” Amy Larocca, New York.