It’s not every day that you see Anna Wintour visibly ticked off, but that’s exactly what happened at Victoria Beckham’s Spring-Summer ’24 fashion show in Paris. The culprit? None other than reality TV queen Kim Kardashian, who arrived fashionably late to the event, causing a delay that didn’t sit well with the Vogue editor-in-chief.
“Kim was super late. Anna was pissed because the show was delayed until Kim arrived,” an onlooker revealed.
The Kardashian Effect: Always Worth the Wait?
Kim Kardashian, dressed in a stunning purple gown, arrived at the former home of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld with her mom, Kris Jenner. They were seated next to Anna Wintour, who was visibly unamused by the tardiness.
“Anna Wintour was visibly unamused, tapping her watch repeatedly in the direction of the PRs before the show finally started once les Kardashians had swept in,” wrote Lisa Armstrong, the UK Telegraph’s head of fashion.
Armstrong also pointed out that the Kardashians have a habit of making grand, late entrances. “The Kardashians’ fashion show routine is to keep everyone waiting at least 50 minutes before ‘making their entrance,'” she noted.
The Other Side of the Story: Was Kim Really to Blame?
While it’s easy to point fingers at Kim Kardashian for the delay, another source insisted that wasn’t the case. According to them, the show was scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. and actually began just before 6 p.m.
“Kim and Kris arrived at 5:50pm so they were only 20 minutes late,” the source clarified. “The show would have started without [Kardashians], but [Beckham’s team was] not ready backstage… shows don’t usually start right at the invite time. Usually they start 20-40 minutes after the allotted time.”
The Aftermath: Is There a Chill in the Air?
Despite the apparent tension, a source close to Wintour said the two women did chat during the event. “Anna had to leave early for another engagement,” the source said, dispelling rumors of a rift between the two fashion icons.
“Anna had to leave early for another engagement,” said a source close to Wintour.
The Final Take: A Lesson in Fashion Etiquette
Whether you’re a Kardashian or a Wintour, time waits for no one, especially not in the fast-paced world of fashion. While the jury is still out on who was really to blame for the delay, one thing is clear: punctuality is always in style. So the next time you’re headed to a high-profile event, maybe take a cue from Robert Downey Jr. and Cate Blanchett, who, according to Lisa Armstrong, are “proper celebrities … who manage to be on time for fashion shows.”