AFP

NEW YORK

It’s Fashion Week and Anna Wintour is front row at all the best shows, immaculate in her trademark bob and shades. But come midnight she’s in drag in a nightclub.

The high priestess of fashion, the English editor in chief of Vogue who has sat atop a $300 billion industry for 26 years, is infamous to millions for her style and steely persona. Her world may be inhabited by a tiny clutch of the world’s most glamorous women, yet Wintour is so well known that she can pull in a totally different crowd for a music-comedy gig.

The four-night run at Joe’s Pub at The Public, “Ryan Raftery is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion” has even claims to have the blessing of his muse. The one-act show hinges on Wintour’s decision to put reality star Kim Kardashian and her now husband rapper Kanye West on the cover of Vogue in April to the outrage of fashion purists. Dressed in a blonde bob wig, shades, jacket and sequined top, Raftery’s Wintour pours scorn on lesser mortals and cracks in jokes for the fashion set by re-writing lyrics to pop songs.

There’s a cover of Adele’s “Skyfall” re-written as “Skymall” about shopping, and Raftery shimmies through a song confessing to an alleged extra-marital affair with Texan millionaire Shelby Bryan. There’s a running joke about constipation, gags about Michael Kors and Hillary Clinton, and lashings of Kardashian insults. Raftery sees Wintour as part Darth Vader, part Clinton. “She has the look of a Darth Vader in that she has this helmet type hair and she always looks exactly the same.