In the world of fashion, Anna Wintour is pretty much as big as it gets. As Vogue editor-in-chief, she has the ability to make or break a designer, so in general they’re happy to bend over backwards to please her. So Luxe Models were pretty surprised to see her relegated to the second row during the Valentino show at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday.
The picture of the event was posted by fashion blogger Linah Hashmi and showed 64-year-old Anna perched behind Grace Coddington. Coddington is of course Vogue’s creative director and is pictured holding a notepad and pen, ready to take notes.
Rumours are rife that Wintour gave up her seat to Sarah Mower who was set to review to show for Vogue.com. The venue was extremely crowded, so it seems plausible that Anna would do something along these lines to ensure the young reviewer got a good view of the show. Indeed, it looks as though the pair are chatting – was Ms Wintour offering her keen fashion opinion for the article? Totally possible! Also in the second row was Hamish Bowles, the European editor for American Vogue.
Some people are saying that her PR reps wanted her to move to the front row, but she insisted the editors stay where they were. Maybe her infamously cold edge is melting a little in her old age!
Also on the front row were Russian fashion editor Miroslava Duma and Anna Della Russo, who edits Vogue Japan. American socialite Olivia Palermo was also there, perhaps as a favour from her close pal Valentino himself. Indeed, she was sat just three seats away from the man of the moment.