Tuesday 17 October 2017

Vogue's editor Anna Wintour throws out family Christmas tree because it's 'too messy'

Editor-in-chief of American Vogue Anna Wintour and Bee Shaffer
Editor-in-chief of American Vogue Anna Wintour and Bee Shaffer
Bee Shaffer posted a picture online of a lonely collection of presents piled against a wall where a tree had stood until her mother, Anna Wintour had thrown it out Photo: Instagram
Miss Shaffer also posted two pictures of her presents from her mother – a Downton Abbey mug and pair of pyjamas. Credit: Instagram

Peter Foster

Covered with tinsel, kitsch baubles and with a frizzy, unkempt hemline that sheds pine-needles everywhere, the humble Christmas tree is just ‘so last year’.

That, it seems, is the verdict of Anna Wintour, the Vogue editor-in-chief whose love of sharp lines and clean spaces has caused her to throw out the family Christmas tree this year, even before the festivities had begun

Covered with tinsel, kitsch baubles and with a frizzy, unkempt hemline that sheds pine-needles everywhere, the humble Christmas tree is just ‘so last year’.

That, it seems, is the verdict of Anna Wintour, the Vogue editor-in-chief whose love of sharp lines and clean spaces has caused her to throw out the family Christmas tree this year, even before the festivities had begun

Even by the standards of Ms Wintour’s legendary froideur, it was act of extreme de-cluttering. However, since it came from a woman who has made a career as an arbiter of taste, it was instantly welcomed as a new trend.

“That is so much more memorable than having a tree!” gushed one commentator on the photo sharing website Instagram where Miss Shaffer posted the pictures, “I'm doing that next year.”

If it catches on, the size-zero Christmas tree would end a tradition that began with Prussian nobility more than 200 years ago.

Ms Wintour’s new Christmas asceticism did not, apparently, extend to gift-giving itself. Miss Shaffer posted two pictures of her presents from her mother – a Downton Abbey mug and pair of pyjamas, albeit ones that cost $687 (GBP420).

“PJs and Downton... AW knows me well!”, wrote Miss Shaffer, posing in the mirror for a ‘selfie’ in her pyjamas in a green kaleidoscopic print by Proenza Schouler, the New York-based 2002 womenswear brand started a decade ago by the designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez.

Miss Shaffer, one of two children from Ms Wintour’s marriage to former husband David Shaffer, has recently moved back to New York to take a job at NBC television working for the comedian Seth Meyers.

Telegraph.co.uk

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