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Anne Hathaway and Anna Wintour; More than just a PR Stunt

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Holy Cross chapter.

In the city that never sleeps, the most talked about week of the year has concluded. It has left fans swooning over paparazzi pictures, taking glimpses of the runway, and noting celebrities’ front row seats at the shows.

As a girl raised on the iconic ‘Florals for spring? Groundbreaking,’ Anne Hathaway and Anna Wintour’s coincidental seating at the Michael Kors show reminded me of my childhood days quoting every scene. Hathaway, turning heads not only for her timeless beauty and favorable seating chart, but her striking resemblance to her past role, Andrea Sachs. A PR stunt? Maybe. Still, iconic nonetheless.

From the hair to the outfit, Hathaway nailed the seemingly purposeful similarity to the ending scene of the classic film ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’ Her blunt bangs and appropriately messy ponytail, accompanied by her girl-next-door brown jacket, symbolize her walking away from the hardships that followed working for the fictional Miranda Priestly, inspired by Anna Wintour’s powerful position.

Not only did the paparazzi pictures reinforce my endless love for the movie, but they sparked the curiosity of my personal pursuits in the journalism world. Is it possible to, as Andrea Sachs did, sacrifice herself for the sake of her career? Or as the Kors show just reminded us, step away from success to find her own personal happiness? Is it instead possible to find a middle ground; success and happiness?

Her clothing this past fashion week reminded me of the importance of self-awareness. No matter how much you try to meld yourself into a world that doesn’t fit, you will always find your way back in the same leather jacket and bangs. Just like her past role had symbolized, Hathaway sitting next to the infamous Anna Wintour embodied a sense of authority, making it in an outwardly competitive work field.

It was a genuinely groundbreaking scene witnessing two powerful women in the world of fashion, publishing, and acting, finding common ground at such a prestigious event. Waving the white flag between Sachs and Priestly, we see two strong women collaborating over the power of fashion and self-expression.

Gioia Guarino

Holy Cross '23

Bostonian, Creative