To further demonstrate the global pulling power of the ‘Meghan Effect’, even Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of US Vogue, has taken sartorial cues from the royal mother-to-be.
During an interview with journalist Tina Brown at the 2019 Women in the World summit on April 11, the fashion muse was asked for her thoughts on the Duchess of Sussex.
“She’s really bringing modernity to the royal family in a way that is inspiring,” the 69-year-old said. “I think the image that I have in my mind… the Duchess of Sussex walking down the aisle by herself, that to me was representative of a modern woman.”
Like the rest of the world, Wintour has also fallen under the spell of Meghan’s sell-out Kensington Palace wardrobe, admitting that she’s considered breaking her penchant for trademark prints in favour of a slick suit. The editor was discussing how someone finds their signature wardrobe, when she mentioned that she’s considering shaking things up.
“I think that’s an entirely personal decision … It’s probably an easier decision to wear the same thing every day and not have to be concerned,” Wintour said. “Maybe it’s a little bit boring and time to change.”
“I’ve been thinking a lot about suits recently so … thank you to the Duchess of Sussex!”
Since marrying Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex has pulled of a series of protocol-breaking ensembles and Wintour is sure to be referencing the Stella McCartney suit she chose for her first evening engagement at the 2018 Endeavour Awards.
But Wintour’s love of the royals doesn’t stop there; she went on to reminisce about a lunch she and Brown shared with Princess Diana just six weeks before her death in July 1997.
The trio met at the Four Seasons hotel in New York and according to Wintour, the late royal chose a mint green Chanel suit for the occasion.
“She looked incredible first of all. That was the most important thing and she looked fantastic,” Wintour revealed. “I heard that she spent a lot of time deciding what to wear to that particular lunch.”
Brown also noted how “terribly lonely she seemed” but also “how lovingly she spoke about her boys”, referencing Princes Harry and William.
Wintour added that she was bowled over by how brilliant Princess Diana was when it came to handling the media spotlight.
“I think that the part of her popularity was that Princess Diana really was so good with the media and was so in tune with them and welcomed them rather than standing back,” Wintour said. “In a way, she was certainly the first person in the royal family to understand the benefits of that.”
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK