Anna Wintour Joins Dorchester Hotels Boycott
Conde Nast says its employees will not stay at properties owned by the sultan of Brunei, with Glamour editor Cindi Leive telling The New York Times "This is about basic human rights."
Anna Wintour has joined the growing chorus of notable figures boycotting Dorchester Collection hotels, which includes the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, as well as European hotels favored by the fashion community, such as Le Meurice in Paris.
"While I am sensitive to the potential impact that this issue may have on the wonderful staff at Le Meurice, I cannot in all good conscience stay there, nor can Vogue’s editors,” the Vogue editor and Conde Nast artistic director told The New York Times through a spokesperson.
The Dorchester properties -- and the Beverly HIlls Hotel in particular -- are under fire for a series of anti-gay laws implemented by their owner, sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah. Brunei has enacted Sharia law, which calls for homosexuality and adultery to be punishable by death by stoning.
Vogue staff are not the only Conde Nast employees who will not being staying at Dorchester hotels for the upcoming European fashion weeks. A Conde Naste spokesperson told The Times each of the company's brands had individually elected to avoid the hotels.
Cindi Leive, editor of Glamour, told The Times her staff would avoid Dorchester properties: "This is about basic human rights."
Jay Leno, Richard Branson, Sharon Osbourne and Ellen DeGenere are among the notables who have spoken out against the properties. Members of the fashion industry such as shoe designer Brian Atwood and designer Peter Som have also called for action, as well as François-Henri Pinault, the head of Kering, which owns Gucci, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen.
Conde Nast did not immediately respond to request for comment.