Anna Wintour always seems to pique the curiosity of the public. Wintour rarely grants interviews, but when she does, everyone in the room sits up and listens. After all, she is considered the queen of fashion, if not the queen of style. As Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Wintour has a huge impact on what’s hot and what’s hot in the fashion world. However, she admitted in a 2019 interview with CNN that she was often unfairly criticized for her own looks. She explained, “Sometimes a certain level of personal criticism has been leveled at me that might not have been aimed at a man in a similar position,” but added that she’s too “focused” to let what others say bother her . That, and she’s also too busy taking selfies with Kim Kardashian to obviously care about what other people think of her.
Though style is often a priority, many fashionistas wonder why Wintour always wears her signature sunnies, even when indoors. It’s not because she’s trying to dodge the glare of the headlights every time, but for a completely different reason.
Anna Wintour doesn’t want you to know what she’s thinking
While some people prefer a sleek and mean poker face, Anna Wintour would prefer to reach for her sunglasses to hide her true feelings from everyone in the room. Wintour said that one of the reasons she’s rarely seen without her oversized glasses on runways is because she doesn’t want to give the wrong impression to anyone with her facial expression. In other words, she wants to keep her feelings about runway shows to herself, or at least until she’s ready to pick the right style for the Vogue cover. She told CBS News in 2009, “Well, they’re really useful. I mean, I can sit on a show and if I’m bored to death no one will notice. And if I enjoy it, no one will notice. So, I think at that point they’ve become actual armor.
As she summarized to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in 2019, her dark sunglasses are “incredibly useful because you avoid people knowing what you’re thinking about.”
And while it may seem like Wintour sits in the dark on the front row at Louis Vuitton and Chanel shows, she’s not one to prefer the color black, even though it’s her favorite color for her sunglasses. In fact, there’s a good chance you’ll break rule #1 in their fashion book by wearing their least favorite color — and for this reason, too.
Anna Wintour isn’t a fan of all black outfits
Anna Wintour likes to add a pop of color to her carefully chosen (we assume) outfits. If there’s one thing fans will never see Wintour in (except maybe a pair of Crocs), it’s the color black from head to toe. During a video interview with Vogue, Wintour was interrupted by one of her assistants, who handed her all-black attire for the December lead. Wintour responded with, “Virginia, where’s the color?”
In another moment, when model Karlie Kloss asked her what she would never wear, the fashion editor promptly replied, “Head to toe black.” In a separate episode of “Go Ask Anna,” Wintour said that wearing black was easy “acts too somber, like going to a funeral”. She also said she couldn’t leave the house without her sunglasses, Starbucks and phone.
That being said, it sounds like Wintour really doesn’t want you to know what she’s thinking, just in case she sees you walking down the street in that all-black outfit that she obviously despises.