I think Mr. Lagerfeld said something that was a really nice compliment. But I think people should take it as he took it: a compliment. No more, no less. And the man is still there, and he’s not retiring. Trust me on that one. We know each other and we really respect each other. I spent last Saturday with him, and it’s a pleasure to be with such a person, because he is so very generous, and he’s got so many things to tell you. You can only just absorb and observe.
Oh, God no. You’re making me draw my champagne at the thought! Not initially, anyway. We’ll have agents selling it, and we’re hoping it will have kind of a global presence, and then who knows? We’ll see how it goes.
It's no secret that there have been many changes in the magazine world, most of which have been true reports but unfortunately the rumour that Anna Dello Russo is moving to W is false.
Many alleged that ADR was spotted in New York talking to the magazine about coming on board as the new fashion director. However, after the Valentino couture show, Stefano Tonchi spoke to Daily Front Row and said such reports were wrong:
"I love Anna, but she has a great job at Japanese Vogue that she quite likes and I don’t have any idea to actually move her to New York. She’s a good friend, but I didn’t really even have a conversation with her about this seriously. She’s a fashion director, but she’s not necessarily the one that’s doing shoots and maybe that’s what I’m looking for. Alex is doing that, and that’s what we need at W."
Despite Stefano Tonchi saying that he "should be set" regarding his new team at W, rumour has it that he may be recruiting Anna Dello Russo as fashion director at the magazine. On the contrary, the magazine's current fashion director Alex White doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon leading many to believe that this is nothing more than a rumour.
Daily Front Row points out that "Dello Russo essentially hires photographers and stylists for Japanese Vogue...which someone's gotta do at W, right? (Without [former creative director] Dennis Freedman, who had twenty-year-old relationships with A-list photogs like Michael Thompson, Mert & Marcus, and Bruce Weber, there's a real void in that category.)"