When life changes like this, we begin to look at familiar things in a new way. I am sure that each of us during these weeks has studied every corner of our house to the smallest detail. I hope everyone now knows what it is like to put on a mask just outside the door. According to doctors, this measure is one of the most important and necessary in order to slow down the spread of the virus. If you don’t have a medical mask, any cloth bandage will do. Please obey this prescription, never before has it meant so much as it does now.
Face shields, social distancing, weeks at home – life has changed dramatically. I think of the simple pleasures that we just recently took for granted – for example, going to the theater, dining with friends, going to work every day – now they seem to me an unprecedented luxury. Yes, the time has come for anxiety and blues, and there will only be more of these emotions ahead, but I believe that this is also a time of gratitude. I am so grateful to the people with whom we have been calling in recent days – friends and acquaintances whom I have known for a long time, but until recently did not pay enough attention to them, but should be worth it. Since we resumed communication, I never cease to be amazed at how open and defenseless everyone is and how glad they are at the simple opportunity to talk. Isolation has reminded us that we need each other.
There are a few more points on my thank you list – generosity comes first. I am deeply moved by the charity gestures, which are now so numerous in the industry. Including, of course, donations – large and small – to A Common Thread, a fund that the CFDA and Vogue Fashion Fund have created to support American designers in difficult times. If you haven’t seen the grateful responses the guys send to Vogue yet. Hearing talented guys unadorned talk about what they have encountered is a poignant emotional experience. We must not forget that fashion is people who need help now.
What else makes me feel grateful? The other day my granddaughter celebrated her third birthday, we threw a virtual party for her at Zoom with a lot of participants, and it was so happy to see her happy.
I’m unlikely to be the first, but I still want to thank the Governor of New York. Mr. Cuomo speaks openly about the crisis in front of cameras every day. He speaks the whole truth, not sweetening it at all, and accomplishes a feat that the president has not yet dared to do. This is very encouraging. How lucky we are with him.
Of course, I am grateful to my Vogue team, the conditions are not easy, but they continue to work: they publish stories on the site, which I am infinitely proud of, come up with a new issue, and I can’t wait to show it to you. It is very difficult to search and find an opportunity to act together now, but my colleagues succeed. Someone at the same time manages to take care of children and other loved ones who need support. I am extremely grateful to them and for them.
Finally, I am grateful for the daffodils! Especially for David Hockney’s daffodils. The 82-year-old artist, whose work I’ve always admired, creates new canvases right on his iPad, such that you can’t imagine more wonderful. His daffodils are absolutely outstanding – color, optimism, and hope – they remind us that isolation won’t last forever and that new ideas, like flowers, won’t stop growing.