Curious to get a taste of the Countess of Dumbarton’s guest editorship of Vogue, I picked up the September edition in Tesco. Leafing through it was a bit like wandering through Duty Free at an international airport. The Countess in her editorial more or less apologises for all the ads. Comes with the territory, says HRH. The mag features 15 powerful and influential women; there’s a spot for a 16th but it is empty – presumably the Countess being modest. Actually if you look at the empty silver rectangle you see a reflection of yourself so maybe this serves as a challenge and a dare.
I have to confess I only recognised three of the women represented – Greta Thunberg, Jacinda Ardern, and Jane Fonda. It’s worthwhile checking out “Cover Looks” on page 51.
First row, from left: Adut Akech wears jacket, £1,950. Poloneck, £890. Trousers, £650. All Celine by Hedi Slimane.
Gemma Chan wears tuxedo shirt, £1,700, Ralph Lauren collection.
Greta Thunberg wears T-shirt, and hoodie, her own.
Actually, that is really all you need to know.