You’ve probably been told by your mom (and common sense and school/office dress codes) that flip flops are not an acceptable form of footwear. Forever, the consensus seems to have been that flip flops are for beach days, showering in public places and taking out the garbage. Well, it looks like it’s time to forget all that and expand your casual footwear collection, because fashion’s matriarch, Anna Wintour, says flip flops are a go!
In her latest “Go Ask Anna” video, the Vogue editor-in-chief was asked how she feels about “flip flops outside the nail salon” and she responded simply, “I love a flip flop.” We can assume she doesn’t mean those rubbery Old Navy ones (Anna says earlier in the video that she’s “not too big a fan of casual”) but some nicer ones (like perhaps the ones Vogue recommended last week) are apparently totally acceptable by Wintour’s high standards.
Rihanna’s KISS Method of Design
Anna also had high praise for Rihanna’s foray into the fashion world, especially for her creation of simple pieces that are infinitely re-wearable.
“When looking at Rihanna’s collection, one might be surprised by how simple it is… she’s looking for clothes that have a life, that you can wear again and again which I think is much in step with the way fashion is going right now with sustainability,” Anna said.
Wintour added that Rihanna certainly shouldn’t be counted out of the fashion game just because she’s “a pop star” and she cited the successful design careers of Pharrell Williams, Victoria Beckham and even Kanye West as proof.
Anna’s Miranda Priestly Moment
Remember that scene in The Devil Wears Prada when Meryl Streep calls out Anne Hathaway for being dismissive of the fashion industry and proceeds to give one of the most compelling monologues in cinematic history just on the colour cerulean? Anna had her own “fashion is serious” moment in the video when she was asked about a “common misconception” in the industry.
“There’s a misconception, I think, about women—that because they love fashion, they might be frivolous or not someone to be taken seriously,” she said. She added that working on the Met Gala with Andrew Bolton is “thrilling” because it puts fashion in a larger cultural and historical context (exactly like Miranda does in the movie).
“He puts costume into a historical context that can show how important fashion is in terms of being a reflection of our culture because I feel that helps explain to people that there’s so much more to fashion than maybe they just see on the surface,” Anna said.
Anna finished off her talk by shouting out some of her favourite people right now, including a possible 2020 endorsement. Wintour has big appreciation for New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern who not only gave birth less than a year ago but also just recently “led her country through a terrible, terrible tragedy with enormous grace and a message of hope.”
The Vogue editor also sent some love to Met Gala co-chair and generally incredible human being, Serena Williams, for how she faces hardships “with equal grace and charm and humility and humour.” She concluded her list with an endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (or “Mayor Pete”).
“I think it’s wonderful that a young man from South Bend, Indiana who speaks a hundred languages, was a military vet, went to both Oxford and to Harvard and just happens to be gay, is part of the conversation in the Democratic race,” she said.