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Burberry in L.A.: 60 Seconds With Anna Wintour

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We spent one whole minute with the Vogue legend at Burberry's L.A. event. And this is what we found out.

Anna Wintour sightings in Los Angeles are few and far between. So her front row placement at Burberry’s dazzling “London in Los Angeles” event on Thursday night read like a loud and clear proclamation from the Queen herself: the Brits have arrived and Burberry isn’t messing around.

Indeed, there was nothing messy about the house's magnificent evening at the Griffith Observatory, which opened its doors and sprawling grounds (thank you, Mayor Eric Garcetti) for a first-ever private party at the iconic L.A. destination in the eastside hills above Griffith Park. This was the British invasion that trumps any infiltration from the past, as far as the A-list fashion community is concerned.

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The presence of Wintour, born and raised in London, was a validation that Burberry’s quest to conquer L.A. (in celebration of a Rodeo Drive flagship that opened in November) was a bloody brilliant success. Well, Wintour, and of course those six Brits seated next to her — Harper, Cruz, Romeo, Brooklyn, David and Victoria Beckham. (And just a few seats away from Team Becks, sat Elton John and David Furnish along with CAA power agents Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane).

"It's wonderful," Wintour told THR moments before the show started, referring to what Burberry's chief creative officer Christopher Bailey and his crew managed to pull off with this one-of-a-kind event. "I understand it’s the first time they’ve allowed a show here, and the view is spectacular. And everything Christopher did with the garden and the gate when you walked in — it’s a great gift to L.A."

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Seeing Wintour in the front row of a fashion show on the West Coast was a great gift to the 600-plus lucky invitees, especially spotting the Vogue mogul alongside her front row friends. "It's really fun," she continued. "(The Beckhams) are all here on Spring Break, and Victoria is such a great friend of Christopher's and it's lovely of her to come out and support him."

Wintour's presence is also strong showing of support for Bailey and his Burberry vision, one that she said she's aware stretches far beyond the observatory and the City of Angels below. 

"Christopher always had an idea of Burberry being a global brand, not just a British brand, so it’s wonderful he has come here," Wintour noted, before turning her attention to the clothes themselves and offering one final opinion about the collection: "It's extraordinary."

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