Anna Wintour, the comic Vogue editor is surprisingly funny on Colbert
19:14 GMT, 10 May 2012
She is one of the world's fiercest fashion figures. But Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, 62, revealed a lighter side to her personality on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report last night.
Exchanging banter and poking fun at Stephen Colbert, the late-night show's host, Ms Wintour was arguably funnier than the comedian host himself.
Appearing on the program to promote Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations, the Metropolitan Museum Of Art's Costume Institute exhibition, the iconic editor made fun of Mr Colbert's own fashion sense.
Animated: Anna Wintour (pictured) showed a comical side to her personality on Comedy Central's Colbert Report last night. She spoke about fried shrimp and zebra-striped sweatpants among other things
It came after he had, in fact, attempted to shame Ms Wintour for her reputation for being hyper critical within the fashion world.
Labelling her a 'tough guy', he began telling the fashionista that he had a bone to pick with her.
'With one hesitation, you could destroy someone's career,' he told her.
She responded: 'Don't you think you could take a few more risks with the way you're dressing'
Giving it back: The editor had an answer for each of Mr Colbert's critical questions, even firing her own biting comments at times
Face-off: Ms Wintour spoke so passionately about the fashion world that the host said he might get 'sucked in'
The studio audience erupted in laughter at Ms Wintour's quick-witted response but, admitedly, Mr Colbert threw it right back at her.
He said: 'What are you talking about My suit's not buttoned and I went with a four hand knot, I mean that's crazy. I should have at least had a half windsor.'
When quizzed about whether or not fashion can be classed as art, the editor took it as an opportunity to put the host back in his place.
'I believe fashion can be just something you can wear, like yourself,' she said before explaining that she believes the two forms of creative self-expression are certainly interchangeable.
Funny girl: She explained that art and fashion are very much linked even after the host voiced his skepticism
Easygoing: She even committed to a date with Mr Colbert, who proposed they go 'bobbing for french fries'
As expected, Mr Colbert was quick to fire back: 'You mean something that I rock'
Her sense of humour also shone through when the host asked her if there was ever a time where she is not concerned with fashion.
you ever just say to yourself “to hell with this,” put on your zebra-striped sweatpants and go to Long John Silver's and lose yourself in a
pile of batter-fried shrimp'
The editor said: 'Well I haven't done it recently but maybe now that you suggest it I should try'
'Perhaps you and I should go bobbing for french fries,' he replied to which Ms Wintour agreed would be a good 'date.'
To that, the host paused before stuttering: 'I'm flattered.'
Surprised: The host stuttered a little as the editor played along with the proposal of a 'french fries' date
She also spoke about how pleased she was about President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage.
Ms Wintour, who has organised multiple charity events to help benefit Mr Obama's election campaigns, said: 'I am thrilled. There were tears in the office of Vogue today in the support of gay marriage.
I think it's a long overdue endorsement and we're glad that he's come forward finally.'