Customer Reviews


11 Reviews
5 star:
 (6)
4 star:
 (2)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:
 (2)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a must-read for people who love fashion sincerely
Some people out there think Anna Wintour is demanding, icy, aloof and career-obsessing.
And some of the others see nothing but the glamour and flash-lights surrounding her.

After reading this book, you will know how brilliant, smart and hard-working this woman is.
Of course, because of her father, Charles Wintour, Anna enjoyed some advantages that...
Published on 18 April 2012 by Kurt

versus
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Front row seat
Anna Wintour is one of those people that it's almost absurdly easy to hate... especially if you've worked under her. "Front Row: Anna Wintour" opens with a description of the poor girls who show up bare-legged in freezing temperatures, all to cater to the fashion diva's whims. It gives a taste of what is to come.

Anna Wintour was born the daughter of...
Published on 24 Mar. 2007 by EA Solinas


‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Front row seat, 24 Mar. 2007
By 
EA Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
(HALL OF FAME REVIEWER)    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)   
Anna Wintour is one of those people that it's almost absurdly easy to hate... especially if you've worked under her. "Front Row: Anna Wintour" opens with a description of the poor girls who show up bare-legged in freezing temperatures, all to cater to the fashion diva's whims. It gives a taste of what is to come.

Anna Wintour was born the daughter of high-ranking British parents, one a social do-gooder and the other a major newspaper editor. She followed in neither parent's footsteps -- from her early schooldays, it became obvious that Anna cared first and foremost about fashion, shortening her gym skirts and defying strict dress codes (which led to expulsion from high school).

As a teen, she was a minor club goddess. Then with her father's credentials as a calling card, Anna started delving into the world of fashion writing, including brief stints at magazines like Harper's Bazaar, the ill-fated Viva, and Home and Gardens, which she singlehandedly destroyed. Finally "nuclear Wintour" got her dream job: editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine.

Jerry Oppenheimer isn't exactly the ideal biographer, having written some truly awful biographies of Ethel Skakel Kennedy and Martha Stewart. However, he does a passable job with "Front Row," by coolly and calmly exposing the many flaws of Vogue's editor-in-chief, including how she incited rebellion and destroyed at least one magazine with her celebrity-obsessed revamps.

He also does an excellent job of deflating Wintour's imposing image, by revealing the times she was found sobbing, played "little girl," or acted in a manner that could have gotten her sued. For example, we find out that she pettily fired people for not being young and attractive enough, and scuppered a bestselling author's essay because he wasn't good looking. Juicy juicy.

Unfortunately, Oppenheimer's writing is not up to the challenge. At best, his writing is dry and distant, with the odd embarrassing moment (such as a lame erection joke early in the book). He also gives detailed exposes of Wintour's assorted paramours, but her kids get almost no coverage at all. He seems more interested in the "fashion wars."

Her icy attitude and ruthlessness have made her a legend in fashion circles, but "the devil who wears Prada" loses some of her sting after this book has been read.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Name droppings, 20 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Front Row: Anna Wintour (Paperback)
Actually I like Anna Wintour and her work in US Vogue. Her visual sense is great and she gets extremely interesting results out of her artists, whether photographers, art directors or fashion editors. Apparently she is neither nice nor emphatic. This book emphazises on her nasty sides and drops lots of famous names who mostly doesn't like AW. I guess many of them are as ego centered as AW and very filled up with their own ambitions and plans. Many of them have made good work for various publications under the aegis of AW, but probably feel pissed off because they didn't get enough credit. Might be AW is driven and snobbish but I would dearly like to read a biography that had her cooperating as well as an author who wasn't looking for the worst angle all the time (and wrote in a better style). In the beginning Oppenheimer asks: What drives her, what makes her tick? After reading 359 shallowly and boringly written text I'd still like to get an answer, what drives AW and what really makes her tick?
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a must-read for people who love fashion sincerely, 18 April 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Front Row: Anna Wintour (Paperback)
Some people out there think Anna Wintour is demanding, icy, aloof and career-obsessing.
And some of the others see nothing but the glamour and flash-lights surrounding her.

After reading this book, you will know how brilliant, smart and hard-working this woman is.
Of course, because of her father, Charles Wintour, Anna enjoyed some advantages that normal people usually couldn't have. But she does get the position by herself hard-working in many ways.

Please just drop the trash glamorous novel 'The Devil Wears Prada' and read this one, especially when you need some inspiration.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK but way too long!, 20 Aug. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Front Row: Anna Wintour (Paperback)
Anna Wintour is a very interesting person as seen in 'The September Issue', this unauthorized book about her is not! It's way too long and keeps repeating it self many times over. I don't think anyone who is not extremely interested in the fashion world would want to waste their time reading this. And it mostly talks about her relationships with the men in her life and only spends a little time describing her role at Vouge.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked from the first page, 11 May 2007
By 
This review is from: Front Row: Anna Wintour (Paperback)
Excellent!

Not the most intellectual and knowledge-ehancing biography you will read but its well written and a definite page-turner. I look forward to reading more of Oppenheimer's biographies. Now whenever I lay my hands on a scented, glossy new Vogue I think about the blood, sweat and tears that went into it.

STRONGLY recommended!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT AND FRIGHTENING, 25 Feb. 2005
By A Customer
OPPENHEIMER, AN AMERICAN BIOGRAPHER, HAS WRITTEN A SCRUPULOUSLY RESEARCHED PAGE-TURNER ABOUT OUR ANNA WINTOUR. I WAS AT BRITISH VOGUE WHEN SHE CAME ABOARD IN THE '80S AND SHE REALLY WAS NUCLEAR WINTOUR. THE AUTHOR HAS ALL THE FACTS. HE ALSO PAINTS A FASCINATING PORTRAIT OF ANNA'S SWINGING '60S LIFE IN LONDON. A TRULY REMARKABLE, ENTERTAINING READ.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!, 18 Mar. 2010
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
A book with great insight into Anna Wintour. Interesting on all fronts - personal, career history, friends opinions of this woman of fashion. A must read for all those interested in the whole fashion industry.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars Like it, 24 Mar. 2014
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Very entertaining book. Enjoy a lot the gossip and behind the scenes details. Also a lot of historical details. Good for holidays reading
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 18 April 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Front Row: Anna Wintour (Paperback)
Purchased as a gift.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks!!, 8 Aug. 2012
Recieved the book a few weeks ago now but thought I would still make a review. Got the package at the door before I knew it; very speedy service :) the book was in better condition than I thought it would be in. Cheers :)
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Front Row: Anna Wintour
Front Row: Anna Wintour by Jerry Oppenheimer (Paperback - 28 Feb. 2006)
£11.24
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews