Dame Anna gets right royal dress­ing down

Marlborough Express - - WORLD - LISA ARM­STRONG

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...

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