Anna Wintour is considered fashion royalty, so it was no surprise to see the editor of Vogue sitting front and center at New York Fashion Week. What was a bit surprising is that when she sat next to literal royalty, she kept her glasses on.
That’s a big no-no for Brits, who are royally pissed off at Wintour for not showing respect to their Queen by removing her signature sunglasses.
Queen Elizabeth was at NYFW for designer Richard Quinn’s show, where she presented him with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design; going forward, the award will be presented to a different designer each year.
Mashable spoke to royal etiquette expert William Hanson who said Wintour should have removed her shades in the presence of the Queen, saying that she’s removed her glasses for other royal events.
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“Although I know that Dame Anna would have meant The Queen no deliberate disrespect, it is a shame that the queen of fashion’s protocol was far from on trend yesterday,” he says.
He does admit that the Queen probably didn’t think much of Wintour’s failed removal of the glasses and that the Queen “would probably have noticed and internally thought it was a bit odd, but The Queen has seen it all and clearly took it all in her stride!”
Wintour, who is rarely seen in public without her shades, once told 60 Minutes that she wears them to hide her reactions at fashion shows, which makes total sense. She said, “They’re seriously useful. I can sit at a [fashion] show and if I’m bored out of my mind nobody will notice. If I’m enjoying it, nobody will notice. So I think at this point they’ve become really armor.”