Vogue has already formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, but Anna Wintour, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, was in get-out-the-vote mode at the first fundraiser she has headlined in Washington.
Thursday night, Wintour co-hosted a Georgetown reception at the home of real estate mogul Connie Milstein, alongside designer Diane von Furstenberg and Clinton right-hand-woman Huma Abedin, in her first public appearance since the FBI announced last week that it would investigate emails found on a laptop shared with her estranged husband Anthony Weiner.
A crowd of media waited outside for Abedin — she of the recently discovered, possibly pertinent, possibly insignificant emails. Her arrival, via a black sedan that pulled into the circular drive rather than curbside, sparked a few jeers from several cellphone toting, T-shirt-wearing men in the crowd, but Wintour and von Furstenberg greeted Abedin at the door with kisses.
The supportive, mostly female crowd of guests cheered when Abedin stepped up to speak. All the evening’s remarks were “strictly about the campaign and getting out the vote,” Wintour said during a post-reception debriefing in the house’s garden. (“This is so Watergate,” she joked.)
Wintour, wearing a multicolored patterned Prada coat, described the crowd as optimistic and “great-looking,” although one woman, as she was mincing her way out on a pair of heels, remarked: “I’m ready to cut off my feet! I haven’t worn heels in a long time.”
The hosts encouraged the group to spend the weekend knocking on doors and making phone calls. Von Furstenberg, one guest noted, was particularly impressive in her remarks, putting Clinton’s campaign in the context of her own life of challenges, both personal and professional.
Abedin, said another guest, seemed humbled by the crowd and overwhelmed by the support that Wintour and von Furstenberg have shown Clinton, describing the fashion dynamos and her boss as “three soul sisters who put ‘other’ first.”
What are Wintour’s weekend plans? “Knocking on doors,” she said. “Ohio, here I come!” (Pretty sure she was joking, at least about that last part.)