Anna Wintour Hosts a Breakfast and Conversation With Gigi Hadid, Tonne Goodman, and Ivan Shaw
“I can say that Gigi is in one of my favorite fashion stories,” announced Anna Wintour, “but it’s in our next September issue...so I can’t show you the pictures just yet!” What could be seen was a photo of Gigi Hadid in one of her first Vogue spreads ever—a feature with Michael Kors and his partner Lance LePere at their beachy home on Long Island. The trio is standing in the kitchen, relaxed and smiling; LePere is arranging sunflowers while Hadid is chopping carrots. “We were laughing because I was just chopping vegetable after vegetable for no reason,” Gigi said. “I was like, should we make this into a salad or something?”
Hadid was filled with amusing behind-the-scenes tidbits at this morning’s breakfast, hosted in Wintour’s own office, where the supermodel, currently wearing her blonde hair in tousled waves, sat poised beside Vogue’s Tonne Goodman (characteristically neckerchiefed) and Ivan Shaw. The conversation, moderated by Shaw, was focused on the bond between Hadid and Goodman; the duo’s relationship goes beyond that of model and muse—they’re more like family, as each pointed out throughout the morning. Goodman’s nurturing nature was all the more apparent with Hadid nearby, and, as it was later revealed, her role as model mentor comes from a place of personal experience, as Goodman began her career not as a fashion editor, but as a mannequin.
Evidence of Goodman’s earlier years was shown on the screen of Wintour’s office, which featured a memo that read: “Tonne has the makings of a good model...Tonne has not learned how to smile or use her eyes or make herself extraordinary...do not fail this girl.” That letter, typewritten by a certain taloned, highly rouged Diana Vreeland in 1970, was sent to the Vogue editorial staff. In the end, Goodman learned she was far more comfortable behind the camera—championing the career of Hadid and those of many a model before Hadid—and so began her long career producing some of modern fashion history’s most recognizable images—the bulk of which can be enjoyed in Goodman’s latest book, Point of View: Four Decades of Defining Style (Abrams).
This morning’s guests—limited to Vogue100 members and the editors—were served a quiche and granola breakfast while they sat at tables decorated with green stemware and baby buds of soft white peonies. Before the attendees found their seats, they enjoyed a catch-up session with one another. The conversations in the well-dressed room surrounded summer plans—one Vogue100 member was merely stopping by on his way to a Malibu retreat, while another was planning his escape to Mallorca. But before their various travels, it was clear everyone was happy to be gathering in such a hallowed space, if only for a short while. As the panel discussion came to an end and the guests finished their meal, Vogue’s Eaddy Kiernan stood to admit that, given the fact that we were all sitting in Wintour’s office, which had been cleared out for the occasion, it was time for the editor in chief to get back to work! “We need to bring her desk back in here,” quipped Kiernan. After all, it’s July, which, for Vogue staffers, means it’s September issue season!
Originally Appeared on Vogue