In an interview in this weekend’s La Repubblica newspaper, Anna Wintour lambasted Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s philandering and corrupt government. “I am disgusted. I have no other words. I am disgusted and embarrassed: How can Italy tolerate Silvio Berlusconi and his bevy of girls?” said Wintour. She called his government “in effect a dictatorship” and suggested that women should protest in the streets against Berlusconi during Milan Fashion Week. She noted a dichotomy between fine Italian craftsmanship and its ineffective government. “On one side, there is the Made in Italy, the designers, the great creations that credit you around the world and that have no equal. On the other side, there is a political reality that is so compromised. How can you tolerate all this?” Berlusconi has been previously condemned by Wintour’s Italian Vogue counterpart, Franca Sozzani, who said that he “gives the impression that Italy is one big casino.”
Anna Wintour and Franca Sozzani.