Dame Anna gets right royal dressing down
BRITAIN: Overnight, an army of sunglasses-etiquette experts rose up last week following Dame Anna Wintour’s decision not to remove hers at Richard Quinn’s catwalk show. Dame Anna’s customary sunnies, which may or may not have prescription lenses, remained in place throughout proceedings.
‘‘Very bad taste and ignorant’’, ‘‘so naff’’ and ‘‘she needs to learn some respect’’... you get the drift of the reaction on social media. Kate Garraway, one of the hosts of Good Morning Britain, donned an oversized pair of shades in mock protest at this perceived lesemajesty. ‘‘Apparently this is what you’re meant to do on the f’row,’’ she said.
It isn’t, Kate, although God knows it’s tempting some mornings to stick a pair on to mask the bags. But should one remove them in the presence of the world’s most revered royal? Intuition suggests yes, eyes being windows to the soul and all. Buckingham Palace, perhaps not wishing to look out of touch with this season’s accessory trends, was in a forgiving mood when we inquired about the non-removal business. ‘‘The Queen meets thousands of people each year in the UK and overseas. Before meeting Her Majesty, many people ask how they should behave. The simple answer is that there are no obligatory codes of behaviour - just courtesy,’’ the press office told us.
Perhaps Her Majesty thought the glasses were a quaint form of national dress, which, in a way, they are in the fashion world. Sam Taylor, editor of The Lady takes a sterner line. ‘‘It’s a mystery to me why any fully sighted person would wear sunglasses indoors. But I’m sure the Queen really didn’t bat an eyelid that the woman seated to her left had come dressed for the beach.’’
Far be it from me to come between an editor-in-chief and her sartorial catchphrase. To the rest of us, what I will say, is that if one needs specs to see the catwalk, might one consider investing in some clear lenses, or those photosensitive ones that adjust to the light? Ever since the super-stylish Linda Rodin told me that’s what her signature grey-tinted glasses are, I’ve sworn by them. Even Specsavers do them. I’m sure they ship to the US, too. - Telegraph Group
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth sits next to fashion editor Dame Anna Wintour as they view Richard Quinn’s runway show before presenting him with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, as she visits London Fashion Week’s BFC Show Space in...