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The Chronicles of Condé Nast: The André Leon, the Wintour and the Vogue Closet


Kelly Florio Kasouf, the daughter of the late Steve Florio — former president and CEO of Condé Nast — has written the chicest children’s book of the year about growing up in and around the publishing house. The Adventures of Sophie and the City: All in a Day’s Work follows a little girl as she’s whisked away into a magical world of fictionalized Vogues and Vanity Fairs and oh, the people she’ll meet!

The Chronicles of Condé Nast: The André Leon, the Wintour and the Vogue Closet

There’s an André Leon Talley-esque character, clad in a Louis Vuitton cloak and a fairy godmother bearing a striking resemblance to Isaac Mizrahi in Swarovski crystal wings. I would assume Anna Wintour would be cast in the role of some sort of wicked witch, but Florio Kasouf’s memories of her are actually rather fond. The author recalls having her first lunch with the editrix at age 10:

“She asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said, ‘I’m going to take your job.’ Apparently she had said the same thing early on in her life, so she thought it was cute.”

Yeah, Wintour thought it was real cute. Next thing Kelly knew she was being sent off to live with seven queens who looked for diamonds all day and ended up fighting for her young life after Anna, disguised in Yohji Yamamoto, fed her a poisoned stick of gum.

Anyhoo, The Adventures of Sophie will be sold exclusively at Barneys — naturally — but it being the future and all, there will also be an app for it. And they all lived fiercely ever after. [WWD]

Written by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail