Sleeves Please Dress

Anna Wintour, the British-born Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue, already an OBE, was made a made a Dame in HRH The Queen’s 2017 New Year’s Honours list. There is no shortage of information and imagery of Wintour all over the internet; her career, her quotes, her life and most recently a documentary about the lead up to the Met Gala Ball. I recommend it to all fashionistas. Here, however, I would like to highlight Anna’s personal style choices, top to toe. She had crafted her trademark sharp bob at the young age of 14 and has never wavered from this style, a bit shorter and darker in the 80s, now a longer warm brown. Wander into any hairdresser in the world and there is no further explanation needed: “An Anna Wintour Bob please.”

Anna stays consistent when it comes to her personal style. She has created a trademark look with her signature bob, dark sunglasses, statement necklace, nude sling back sandals and an affinity for sheath dresses by designers like Carolina Herrera, Chanel and Oscar de la Renta. It is a subtle lesson in knowing what works and sticking to it. Her shoes by Manolo Blahnik, especially made for her, have varied little in 20 years. They are delicate and feminine and go with all her clothes. Some years ago she completely abandoned wearing trousers and her consistent style of dress and slim figure means you can rarely put a date on a photograph of her. Her favourite silhouette has a nipped-in waist and a hemline just on or below the knee. Usually sleeveless or with short sleeves, now she is 66, she frequently wears a dress with a three-quarter sleeve or one of her pastel cardis; another trademark.  Her dresses are colourful; there is no missing Anna in a crowd, despite her small stature. Often printed or in interesting weaves, they are from the collections of the most sought after designers worldwide.  Her fashion choices reflect her job and hours spent in the front row of a fashion show, so the simple shoe and dress shape is ideal. She accessorises with the same colourful collection of necklaces made of semi-precious stones on almost every occasion, often wearing three at a time. In every close up photograph she looks bright, shiny and perfect. Brand Anna. Her sunglasses have always been commented upon but I happen to know they are prescription lenses and that her eyes are over-sensitive to light, particularly camera flash. I worked for Anna when she was the Editor of British Vogue the year she was in London; a wonderful and inspiring boss.

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By Vanessa de Lisle -