Was Anna Wintour killing two birds with one stone at the Paris couture shows today?
Despite her heavy involvement in Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, Wintour was front row at Raf Simons’ highly-anticipated second Dior couture show in Paris during today’s Inauguration.
Though no one was shocked to see her there, it wouldn’t have been the first time she’d passed up fashion for politics, had she decided to postpone her trip to Paris.
A natural problem-solver and multi-tasker, however, Wintour didn’t let her distance from the U.S. Capitol affect her political networking game. At today’s Giambattista Valli couture show, she brought along US Ambassador to France Charles H. Rivkin and his wife Susan Tolson as her personal guests, according to tweets from Derek Blasberg and the New York Times‘ Stuart Emmrich (who took the above photo).
Couture and fashion in general are more highly-regarded in France and to see a political figure front row isn’t unheard of (a quick search reveals that Rivkin and Tolson have attended a few Paris shows over the past couple of years). However, we can’t help but wonder if this is more than a coincidence, at a time when it looks like Wintour may not be getting a UK ambassadorship after months of rumors. The French ambassadorship is more up in the air, it seems, though the Times seems pretty certain she won’t get it.
One thing’s for sure: Wintour’s involvement in politics hasn’t come to an end.