Fashion Week Tribe: The Establishment

Anna Wintour, Emmanuelle Alt, Franca Sozzani, Illustration by Tanya Leigh Washington
Location: Fashion Week
Tribe: The Queen Bees, aka The Establishment

The Establishment—led by its most visible members, fearless fashion editors Anna Wintour, Emmanuelle Alt, and Franca Sozzani—are rarely spotted in the wild, but can often be glimpsed, perched front row, in the protected confines of top-tier fashion week shows in New York, London, Milan, or Paris.

Members of this tribe are distinguished from their surroundings by their expensive, luxurious clothing, distinctive plumage, and facial expressions that, for the most part, can be best described as "unenthralled."

Defining markings: The "Anna" can be identified by her banged bob, print dresses, dark shades, and Manolo Blahniks. The "Emmanuelle" is marked by skinny jeans or trousers and blazers in the daytime. And the "Franca's" long, bright-blonde, curly tresses can be spotted from a mile away.

Stay tuned for our next Fashion Week anthropological study: Bloggers.
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