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How Anna Wintour Controls Her Big Gala

Anna wants a cape, people!Photo: Getty Images

One week from today the swans come out for the glorious, glitzy, fantabulous event that is the Met’s Costume Institute gala. We’ve been diligently digging up top-secret info on who’s wearing what, but we’re a bit worried several guests will give Anna Wintour a true reason to scowl. According to the Daily News:

Anna Wintour thinks you’d better go large with the “superhero” theme of next Monday’s Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala if you want to see yourself in Vogue. “People tend to play it safe, but Anna likes anyone who makes an effort,” says an insider. “Bolder looks really make the party, and they make it into the magazine.”

Recall that Vera Wang, who’s dressing several ladies for the party, said though she offered, no one went for superhero looks. We’re not sure why everyone’s so scared to give up their frilly frocks, since it’s not like anyone actually has to don a cape to keep with the theme (though there’s no telling what André Leon Talley will sashay down the red carpet in). But this explains why Wintour hand-picks people to dress, like Emmy Rossum. She can ensure her table is Wonder Womaned–out and have the Vogue party page she wants. So, Emmy, how’s that red and gold bustier treating you?

New York Minute [NYDN]
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How Anna Wintour Controls Her Big Gala