Anna Wintour is racking up the job titles over at Condé Nast.
The 69-year-old fashion industry icon has been the editor-in-chief at Vogue since 1988, and in 2013, the company named her artistic director for the entire US branch of the company.
Now, Condé Nast’s new CEO Roger Lynch has also named her global content advisor for international brands, meaning she will also have a hand in the international editions of the company’s many popular publications.
Lynch, who was named CEO in April after former CEO Bob Sauerberg stepped down, said in a statement on Wednesday that the move was part of his efforts to bring together the US and International wings of the company.
‘One of my top priorities have been to define our organizational structure so that we can take full advantage of our unique growth opportunities and exceptional content around the world,’ he said.
While Wintour likely won’t be involved in the day-to-day of running the other publications, the new title makes it clear that the editor is on top at the company and likely to stick around for a long time — something that wasn’t so certain last year.
In April of last year, Page Six spoke to several sources that said Wintour would depart in July, after the wedding of her daughter Bee Schaffer.
Speculation continued to grow as the 2018 Met Gala grew nearer that it would be the last one thrown by Wintour, and that she was planning on leaving the company after the September issue was published.
Showbiz411 speculated that rising budgets, lower donations, and the drama-packed spectacle of the guest list and red carpet was leading to the huge event’s demise.
Guests are expected to fork over up to $50,000 for a table to the ball, which raises funds for the Costume Institute. Designers shell out up to $500,000 to buy a table for the night and fill it with a bevy of stars wearing their designs.
But despite tickets costing a small fortune, the 2017 gala didn’t raise quite as much as the year before. Gross receipts for the event were reportedly $12.2 million, compared to $13.5 million in 2016.
And yet the gala also cost more money to put on, with the Met spending $3.859 million on the event. In 2016, it spent $3.556 million.
There has also been a rising chorus of celebrities who’ve spoken out about the stress and mean girl attitudes at the gala, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Lovato, Tina Fey, and Amy Schumer.
And the celebrities who do show up have caused some trouble. In 2017 and 2018, dozens of stars were photographed smoking cigraettes in the bathroom, in flagrant disregard of New York City’s no-smoking laws.
Board members and donors at the Metropolitan Museum of Art also called the behavior ‘disrespectful,’ particularly given the incredibly valuable art in the museum that could have been damaged.
The drama seemed to be another reason Wintour might call it quits, but she and Condé Nast ’emphatically’ denied the rumors.
They denied them again in August, when then-CEO Bob Sauerberg told WWD: ‘Anna Wintour is an incredibly talented and creative leader whose influence is beyond measure.
‘She is integral to the future of our company’s transformation and has agreed to work with me indefinitely in her role as editor in chief, Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast.’
Wintour’s status in the publishing world is certainly secure.
The daughter of former Evening Standard editor Charles Wintour, the fashion editor had her first job as an editorial assistant at Harper’s & Queen in 1970.
She then moved to New York City and was a fashion editor for Harper’s Bazaar, Viva, Savvy, and New York before heading back to the UK and taking over British Vogue in 1985.
Since taking over Vogue in the US in 1988, she has overseen over three decades of iconic issues and Met Galas, as well as starred in a documentary called The September Issue.
In 2014, the institute that the Met Gala raises money for was renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center,