STOPPING BY: Anna Wintour will swing by Madrid on her way to Paris Fashion Week. According to a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in the Spanish capital, the editor in chief of American Vogue and artistic director of Conde Nast is due to spend a few hours in Madrid on Monday as guest of Ambassador James Costos. Wintour is scheduled to take part in “a conversation” with Michael Smith, the White House interior decorator and Costos’ partner. The purpose of the visit, according to local media, is “to strengthen commercial relations between the U.S. and Spain.”
To be held at the Museo del Traje, the morning event is expected to draw a group of design school students and aspiring designers, along with such established names as Alvaro Castejón, co-creative director of Alvarno (the brand won L’Oreal’s award for Best Collection at last week’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid). There reportedly were 53 invitations sent out to members of the Madrid-based Spanish Fashion Designers’ Association (ACME). But there is one group not invited: the press. The U.S. embassy spokesman confirmed no journalists (well, other than Wintour, that is) are allowed.
The visit may fuel speculation once again that Wintour is eyeing an ambassador’s post should Hillary Clinton win the 2016 presidential election. Maybe she just wants to see what the residence looks like?