– EN Fashion – Anna Wintour broke down in tears at an airport the day after Karl Lagerfeld’s death.
Following health complications, the Chanel creative director died in February (19) at the age of 85, with the news sending shockwaves throughout the fashion industry.
Among the first to pay tribute to Lagerfeld was U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour, and she has now shared that it took her a full day to come to terms with the fact that the German-born designer was gone.
“I was in an airport reading all of the papers, the obituaries, sitting next to a very unfashionable man, in a chequered shirt, you know, and I just started to bawl,” she recalled during an interview held as part of the recent Women in the World Summit in New York City. “(The man) just started silently handing me kerchiefs. I said, ‘Thank you for being so kind,’ and he said, ‘Madam, the world has lost a great figure.’ Even he felt the loss. Karl was just this force.”
In the wide-ranging discussion, Wintour also spoke about how the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements fighting sexual harassment are impacting the fashion business and how she has found New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s leadership inspiring in the wake of the terror attacks, in which 50 people were killed, in Christchurch last month (Mar19).
The editor praised Meghan, Duchess of Sussex too, describing her as “bringing modernity” to the British royal family, and shared that she is a fan of the former Suits star’s chic outfits.
“I think it’s a little bit boring and it’s time to change,” the 69-year-old shared of her own signature dresses. “I’ve been thinking a lot about suits lately. Thank you to the Duchess of Sussex.”
However, Wintour did not give any details about her outfit for the upcoming Met Gala in May, though as this year’s theme is Camp: Notes of Fashion, she is excited to see how guests interpret the concept.
“I’m really hoping that someone will arrive in hiking boots and a backpack,” she smiled.