Wintour Defrosts Slightly For Max Azria’s Flowing Gowns

090907 wintour Wintour Defrosts Slightly For Max Azrias Flowing GownsThe Anna Wintour seal of approval is more elusive than catching a model feeding in her natural environment. At the BCBG Max Azria show in the main tent at Bryant Park on Friday, the Vogue editor-in-chief was seated quietly in the front row with a scrum of assistants towards the end of the first runway. (After all were seated, in came preggo Nicole Richie, surrounded by security wearing an oversized flowing sequined dress.)

Models emerged for their walk around the double U-shaped runway and Wintour’s head turned to glance at Max and wife Lubov’s designs. If she liked the oufit, her eyes—hidden behind dark black shades as always—followed the models as they made the bend around the center aisle. If she didn’t, the pout on her face intensified and she stared straight ahead, waiting for the next flowing gown to emerge. The ratio of pouts to pleasure was about equal.