Anna Wintour has never struck us as someone who minces words or doesn’t communicate an opinion clearly. We love that about her. And when the Vogue editor in chief called the Tony Awards red carpet styling a “disaster” back in 2014 during a talk at Central Saint Martins, you’d better believe 2015 saw a change.
As a longtime patron and supporter of theater, Wintour quickly got her hands on the event (so to speak) following her public disapproval. As The Cut reported at the time, Wintour joined costume designer William Ivey Long to, well, zhuzh the major red carpet event. In fact, she even helped stock it full of It models and some of the most elite fashion designers in the world (see Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls, and Prabal Gurung).
“It’s no secret that William Ivey Long conspired with Anna,” Hamish Bowles said, according to The Cut. “He felt that there was such an incredible historic relationship between fashion and the theater, and the Tonys seem to have been sending some muddled fashion messages.”