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Forget what you read about fox-covered tights — maybe they’re not so awful after all.
Newly installed Vanity Fair Editor-in-Chief Radhika Jones found herself the center of attention Thursday night in New York at a dinner to celebrate her high-profile job. She was joined by some major names in the masthead game including, of course, Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief and Conde Nast artistic director, who hosted the soiree and sent everyone home with a parting gift that showed off her wicked sense of humor: fox-patterned black tights for women and fox-patterned gray socks for the men.
Why it’s so hysterical: After Jones’ meet-and-greet at Conde Nast offices last month, WWD published a story with the headline “Vanity Fair Fashion Staff Nonplussed by New Editor’s Personal Style.” The article said that some of Jones’ new mag peers turned their noses at her ensemble, “a navy shift dress strewn with zippers, a garment deemed as ‘iffy’ at best.” Perhaps most offensive was her choice of hosiery — a pair of black tights covered in cartoonish red foxes.
“The animal caricatures may have also been too much for…Anna Wintour, who is said to have fixed one of her trademark stoic glares upon Jones’ hosiery throughout the duration of the staff meeting,” continued the article, before quoting the fashion insider. “Unnerved by Jones’ choice of legwear — and Wintour’s reaction — the fashion editor proclaimed to her friends: ‘I’m not sure if I should include a new pair of tights in her welcome basket.'”
Obviously, Wintour read the article, too, and she made sure that no one will be making fun of Jones’ fashion choices as she settles into her new job replacing the legendary Graydon Carter. Instead, she’s now a trendsetter. Those who took home fresh pairs of foxy accessories include Glamour’s Cindi Leive, Architectural Digest’s Amy Astley, The New Yorker’s David Remnick, Teen Vogue’s Elaine Welteroth and W’s Stefano Tonchi.
It was Leive who posted an image of the smiling revelers on Instagram. “Welcoming the brilliant new editor of Vanity Fair, Radhika Jones,” reads the caption. “And yes, those are fox tights in everyone’s hands, courtesy of Anna Wintour.”
InStyle editor Laura Brown borrowed Leive’s adjective for the comments section, posting, “BRILLIANT.” Indeed.
However, according to a source, the fox tights that Wintour gifted came from L.A. brand Hansel From Basel, which is also currently sold-out.
Dec. 18, 12:20 p.m.: Updated to include fashion credit for the Wintour-purchased leggings.
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