The haters can clutch their pearls over Meghan Markle’s rule-breaking style all they want — because the
The fashion bible’s editor-in-chief Anna Witnour was recently asked to give her opinions on one of the most visible members of the royal family, and only had praise to heap on Ms. Markle.
‘I think she’s amazing,’ said Wintour, 69, going on to say that she and the
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Q&A: Anew video series called Go Ask Anna debuted this week on Vogue.com. In the series, Anna Wintour answered readers’ questions
High praise: She said she thinks Meghan Markle is ‘amazing’ and that she and the Duchess of Cambridge ‘are going to keep the royal family afloat’
Perfect! On her wedding dress, she said, ‘I think that her choice was brilliant, it was sophisticated, it was chic, it was grown-up’
The praise was given in a new video series called Go Ask Anna that debuted this week on
The first question in the premiere episode was about Meghan, and Wintour made clear she’s a fan.
Will Meghan follow in Kate’s footsteps? In April 2016, the Duchess of Cambridge appeared on the cover of British Vogue’s 100th anniversary issue
‘I read somewhere that there were members of the royal household that were confused and upset that she woke up so early, at 5am,’ she said. ‘She’s a normal California girl, gets up early, does yoga and meditates.
‘And also [they’re upset that she] sent a lot of text messages. I mean what do they expect, that she was gonna send messages via pigeon?
‘So, I think she’s amazing,’ she went on.
‘And the royal wedding had the whole world watching and I think that her choice was brilliant, it was sophisticated, it was chic, it was grown-up.
‘It was an English designer, albeit one that was working for a French house, which in a way was a message to the world: Yes, I’m from somewhere else, but I belong.
‘I thought she looked fantastic. The fact that she chose to walk down the aisle by herself, I also thought spoke for an independent woman.
‘I think the picture of the Duchess of Sussex’s mother at the chapel at the wedding was so inspiring to so many women, men all over the world.’
She went on: ‘It was an English designer, albeit one that was working for a French house, which in a way was a message to the world: Yes, I’m from somewhere else, but I belong’
Go-to look: Wintour joked that she has been wearing the same hairstyle and sunglasses for ‘100 years’
Her enthusiastic praise didn’t stop at Prince Harry’s bride — Kate Middleton earned some too.
‘I think the two duchesses, the young duchess that they have in Britain, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex are going to keep the royal family afloat, quite frankly, ‘ she said.
It is not the first time that Kate has received approval from Vogue; in April 2016, the Duchess of Cambridge appeared on the cover of British Vogue’s centenary issue, helping to mark the publication’s 100th anniversary.
British Vogue – which was helmed by former editor Alexandra Shulman at the time – collaborated with the National Portrait Gallery on a series of striking portraits of the royal, capturing her looking happy and relaxed while enjoying time in the countryside.
It was the first time that the Duchess of Cambridge had ever posed for the front cover of a magazine, and saw her following in the footsteps of Princess Diana, who graced the front page of the publication on four occasions.
Wait a minute! She said it can be ‘boring’ to have a signature style, though she is known for hers
Uniform: Wintour favors printed dresses, beaded or gemstone necklaces, and her Manolo Blahnik sandals
And now it seems, given Wintour’s positive appraisal of Meghan, that the Duchess of Sussex could well be the next royal to make an appearance on the front of the famous fashion magazine.
Wintour was also asked her thoughts on wearing a signature uniform — and surprisingly, she mostly advised against it.
‘Well, it can get kind of boring, a signature look. So I think it’s good to shake it up every now and again. Cut your hair,’ she said.
But then, she admitted: ‘I’m probably the last person you should be asking ’cause I’ve had the same haircut for 100 years, and I wore my glasses for 100 years, and I tend not to change.’
In fact, Wintour most definitely has a signature uniform: She is nearly always seen in a floral or graphic print dress, which she pairs with a beaded or gemstone necklace.
Her blunt bob is iconic, as are the sunglasses she wears all the time, even inside.
Compliments: Wintour also gushed over Lupita Nyong’o (pictured left this month, and right in December 2018), praising the actress for always taking risks on the red carpet
Another favorite: She also admires Vanessa Redgrave’s style (pictured left in June 2007, right in January 2017)
She also sticks to her go-to nude Manolo Blahnik sandals throughout the warmer months, which the designer makes custom just for her. In the colder months, she tends toward boots.
Yet her famously impeccable taste clearly extends beyond her own signature look, and she spoke of other stylish dressers she admires — both those who have a signature and those who don’t.
‘Women that I admire that have amazing signature style are women like Vanessa Redgrave, who you always see looking absolutely immaculate in shades of silver, gray, camel, with beautiful jewelry. It’s just always appropriate,’ she said.
‘Or somebody like Lupita [Nyong’o], who’s taken such risks on the red carpet but always had looked like herself. She has never not looked like Lupita, but she’s fearless in her choices.
‘When we’re surrounded by so many celebrities that you feel are dictated to by their stylists and dictated to by what the press may think of them, and therefore end up in a strapless fishtail sequin dress that we’ve seen 5,000 times.
‘So I admire both. I admire women that have a signature style and I admire those who take risks,’ she said.