Fashion Air

Before boarding my plane to Milan this morning I was shocked to see Lara Stone waiting alongside me.

She was talking to her companion about wanting to give up smoking, but won’t do so until after her wedding as she doesn’t want to be a grumpy bride. How cute.

On the plane I also saw the Editor of Elle UK, Lorraine Candy, and other editors who’s names I can’t remember then Anna Wintour boarded with Mario Testino.


Those who have been following me on twitter will know I bottled out of talking to Anna on several occasions during New York Fashion Week.

With Sydne telling me it’s fate and that I must talk to her I decided to ‘man up’ and make this the moment.

I took a deep breath and approached her in baggage claim.

I thanked her for featuring me in her magazine to which she smiled held out her hand and shook mine *OMG*

She thanked me for being a part of the feature and said it was a pleasure.

It was like meeting the Queen.

Hang on, she is the Queen of Fashion darrrrrliing.

She was wearing this beautiful navy blue Chanel Pre-Fall 2010 dress with a fur coat and she was carrying a grey suede Mulberry East West Bayswater bag.

Yes, even as I was quaking I still managed to spot what she was wearing.


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71 Responses to Fashion Air

  1. anu March 26, 2010 at 14:04 #

    ok sorry ive been out of the loop.. but congrats FC!!!!! that is actually fabulous! what an honor!

  2. Ahot March 2, 2010 at 13:07 #

    OMG, congrats FC! i always miss the best parts when i have to work and can´t go online. It´s been days already but i am so excited for you! I
    feel like now nothing will stop you after getting the queen´s approval! 🙂
    LOL @ “Yes, even as I was quaking I still managed to spot what she was wearing.”

  3. Cleopatra February 28, 2010 at 14:13 #

    you’ve cracked it wide open sister. (and you deserve it!)


  4. Jeremy February 26, 2010 at 21:50 #

    I smell a contribution editor position at Vogue for you, FC….

    • Fashion Critic February 26, 2010 at 21:57 #

      Ha….one can dream.

  5. Jo February 26, 2010 at 15:12 #

    OMG you met Anna Wintour! Eeek, I think I’d have bottled it… Random qu but what were you wearing?! As Milan is a short flight and it’s fash week I assume not old sweat pants and a baggy jumper!!

  6. Sabrina February 26, 2010 at 14:27 #

    I’m surprised this question hasn’t been asked before (anyway don’t think it has..)
    What were YOU wearing?! I mean, meeting the great Anna Wintour…it means a lot what you were wearing as well I think :p
    Anyway, kudos on the site, I really enjoy it!

    P.S. How do you get into fashionshows? I know you get invitations but, for those of us “regular” people, is it even possible?

  7. Laveena February 26, 2010 at 07:37 #

    Its amazing, you have risen purely on your talent, ability and passion for fashion. I can’t wait to see you rise further, you have changed the way how fashion enthusiasts around the world relate to their favourite designers’ work through celebrities, through your exciting and interactive blog.

    • Fashion Critic February 26, 2010 at 07:50 #

      wow…thanks for that Laveena.

      I’m literally blown away by that comment.

  8. Julia February 26, 2010 at 05:07 #

    WOW. There really are no ther words for it, I’m so happy for you. I have to ask, did you have one of those moments when Queen Anna shook your hand where you think “I’m never going to wash this hand again!” (I totally would.) Anyway congratulations and enjoy Milan!

    • Fashion Critic February 26, 2010 at 05:09 #

      LOL no. I was in a trance to actually have a thought

  9. susan February 26, 2010 at 04:30 #

    that’s awesome!

  10. Zach February 26, 2010 at 04:18 #

    omg! its the Law of Attraction in action!! read the Secret, might explain a few things of why this happened. but i am so happy for you!

    • Fashion Critic February 26, 2010 at 05:10 #

      OMG I live by the secret and the law of attraction never occurred to me.

      Thanks for that Zach

  11. staramour February 26, 2010 at 02:20 #

    What a great story! First, great that you took your fear head on. Second that AW sounded very gracious to you. Vogue exists because people love the escape and fantasy of fashion, but your dedication takes it to a whole new level… as exemplified *of course* that, nervous as you were, you noticed what she was wearing! I only would have been thinking “was my palm sweaty?!” Enjoy the moment – and all the remaining shows!

  12. nisha February 25, 2010 at 23:43 #

    wow omg i am so happy for you FC having so many amazing moments like this in the last few days but you absloutely derserve it. that must have took so much courage to go up to her. was she wearing sunglasses? just seeing her without sunglasses and giving her trade mark look would make me want to run.i hope you have bragging about it to as many people as you can.thanks for posting

    • Fashion Critic February 26, 2010 at 05:13 #

      No she wasn’t wearing her sunglasses.

      I will be telling this story to my grandchildren

  13. alex February 25, 2010 at 22:45 #

    Sometime ago I told u that one day it was going to be you walking the red carpet remember? U r not so far now!

    • Fashion Critic February 26, 2010 at 05:15 #

      Ha…cute x

      Yes I rememeber

  14. Igor February 25, 2010 at 21:55 #

    OMG!! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
    That must have been so exciting! A dream come true.
    I’m so glad for you!
    Enjoy your stay in Milan and have fun! 😉

  15. e February 25, 2010 at 21:15 #

    WOW AND CONGRATULATIONS! it sounds like ms wintour was very gracious and lovely, and indeed i’m sure you were too. she probably admires someone wih the spunk to approach her.
    what else is there left to do in your life now you have met the high priestess?! just kidding. you go girl! XX

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2010 at 22:14 #

      LOL. In the space of 12 months I’ve met Georgina Chapman, Elie Saab, Donatella Versace now Anna.

      That’s my dream team right there.

  16. FF February 25, 2010 at 21:07 #

    lol, all I could do was squeak ‘omg!omg!omg!’ while reading that.


    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2010 at 21:11 #

      LOL…imagine how I was feeling 🙂

  17. Wendy Hewson February 25, 2010 at 21:06 #

    Fashion Critic,
    Well done you !!
    Aren’t you so GLAD you had the nerve to approach her ?!! – because now you can remember your encounter with the Editor of American Vogue with pride, instead of regretting that you lost it totally…and LOL that you still managed to identify what she was wearing – ever the consummate professional !!

    You have done so well over the last few months, and your blog is still one of the best !!

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2010 at 21:40 #

      Yes. I’m very glad.

  18. Mea February 25, 2010 at 20:25 #

    First of all… Welcome to Italy!!!!! I hope you will enjoy your trip… I love Milan, his architecture, fashion and people. I live near to it, in Turin. If you will have time, I recommend you to have an Italian expresso in a cafe in the center of the city… I think that this is one of the most lovely moments in my country! Then… OMG, you have spoken to the Queen of fashion! I’m happy that this is such a great time for you, a dream that comes true. Once I’ve only seen Franca Sozzani (the Vogue Italia director) in Turin… and obviously I have done nothing! =) Anyway, this happened in a cafe…that’s why these places are great!

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2010 at 21:41 #

      Thanks you. The cabbie’s have been teaching me the lingo 🙂

  19. donna February 25, 2010 at 20:08 #

    wow. U had an Anna MOMENT

  20. Tania February 25, 2010 at 19:30 #

    OMG, how fabulous that is fanastic so happen for you, you are so blessed x

  21. coco February 25, 2010 at 19:21 #

    OH MY GOD!!! That is amazing, I’m so glad you went up to her, how many people can say they’ve spoken to Anna Wintour? You’re living the dream! xxx

  22. Sydne February 25, 2010 at 18:47 #

    I’m so proud of you! I was scared to approach Lisa Love one time so I can’t even imagine how loud your heart was pounding with Anna. And I agree with Robbie, Carine must be next!

  23. Ally February 25, 2010 at 18:38 #

    You are just having an awesome couple of weeks, aren’t you?? So great that you had something specific to talk to her about instead of just being like “loooove you”. Haha! She probably appreciated that.

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2010 at 21:47 #

      If I didn’t have something like that to talk to her about I would never have approached her. Her face changed the moment I mentioned the article.

  24. WendyB February 25, 2010 at 18:31 #

    Good girl. You have to seize the moment!

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2010 at 21:48 #

      Ha…yes I remember you telling me of the last time for not seizing the moment 🙂

  25. Bego February 25, 2010 at 18:20 #

    I think I wouldn’t be able to ever speak to her… I guess I would feel very intimidated! but well done FC you must have felt great when she told you that! and wow you even had time to check what she was wearing…!! that was like the Fashion Flight or something like that…

  26. claire February 25, 2010 at 17:43 #

    aww that’s great! and you even managed to stay focused on the fashion! hehe

    btw, you look great in vogue 🙂

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2010 at 21:49 #

      thank you 🙂

  27. Marvel February 25, 2010 at 17:17 #

    FC yo met Anna WIntour umm WOW. I would have been tempted to ask for a picture, but that just because of my cheeky nature 😛

  28. Sidsel February 25, 2010 at 17:17 #

    Thats the best blog-story I have ever read – and I read a LOT of blogs! So cool!:)

    Best from Denmark.

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2010 at 21:49 #

      thanks so much Sidsel 😀

  29. mol February 25, 2010 at 17:10 #

    I think it takes talent to make it, but also guts (i bet Anna has lots), and it seems you have loads of both!! Congratulations!

  30. robbie February 25, 2010 at 16:55 #

    wow you met anna, that must have been so cool and its lovely that she shook your hand. you literally are taking over the fashion world arent you? everyone seems to know about your site.

    hopefully you will meet carine next 😉 that really would be fabulous.

  31. Nicola February 25, 2010 at 16:45 #

    Wow!!!!!!!! You are living the dream!!!!

  32. gabriel February 25, 2010 at 16:16 #

    woww…!!! must be a super week for you!

  33. Dora February 25, 2010 at 16:08 #

    Woww. this is zo freakin’ amazing.
    If it keeps going like this, you will be soon the Queen of fashion yourself!!
    And I agree with Dana, never never never give this blog up!!

    You’re so talented: quaking and spotting what sh’s wearing ? You’re a natural, baby.


  34. mm February 25, 2010 at 16:06 #

    I held my breathe too as i was reading! This is an inspirational story for me, lesson learn you cant let fear control you. You didnt and you met the Queen of fashion. I am sure she will remember you too!

  35. Dana February 25, 2010 at 15:56 #

    ANNA WINTOUR? my fashion critic is becoming huge! i am so proud of all your success, as a reader from way back. just promise us you will still faithfully post? just kidding 😉 congrats!

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2010 at 15:57 #

      aww you are too sweet Dana…I will always post as long as I love fashion and I’ve loved fashion all my life 😀 xxx

  36. Jennifer February 25, 2010 at 15:50 #

    Dang, congrats FC!!! My jaw would have dropped and I may or may not have been sweating buckets had it been me! I am so excited you got to talk to her!!! Congrats again sweetie!!!

  37. Eli February 25, 2010 at 15:50 #

    GreaT! Your such an inspiring black female! Keep up the fantastic work but always remember to remember me!! Anna W is my icon as well and Lara oh my… hope Milan is great for you!

  38. Stuti February 25, 2010 at 15:46 #

    Oooh. Anna Wintour?
    You are on fire, FC!

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2010 at 15:50 #

      LOL…I’m on a hot streak that’s for sure but I won’t be able to top this though.

      • Stuti February 25, 2010 at 16:35 #

        You’re going to Milan. Of course, you will! 🙂

  39. ber February 25, 2010 at 15:38 #

    That’s awesome! Congrats!

  40. Beatriz Duarte February 25, 2010 at 15:36 #

    What a honor, FC! You truly deserve it, nobody deserves it more than you. Congratulations! OMG, I can’t even imagine what you are feeling right now!

  41. lstp0136 February 25, 2010 at 15:28 #

    i have a silly question. so is it NY fashion week first, then london, then milan and paris is last?

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2010 at 15:33 #

      Yep. That’s the order.

      • lstp0136 February 26, 2010 at 03:32 #

        sry i got more questions: generally how many shows per city? Is it true that most of the major labels show at paris? ty so much for taking the time to read and (maybe) replying.. i just wanna know how fashion shows work. . haha ty~~

  42. ZzaRaZza February 25, 2010 at 15:28 #

    This is fantastic! Congrats again 🙂

  43. Jules O'C February 25, 2010 at 15:26 #

    I salute you and all the strong women who ‘man up’ and do stuff like that.
    thats how I got my sweetheart and imagine u would lie in bed tonight regretting u didnt do it.
    u did!
    and the coolest part actually is that u were able to say – thank you for putting me in vogue
    I mean come ON FC – ur in VOGUE!!!!!!
    go girrrrl!

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2010 at 15:30 #

      Lets jump together 1..2..3…bounce 😉

  44. Mariana February 25, 2010 at 15:25 #

    OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG!!!!!!

  45. Lorraine February 25, 2010 at 15:21 #

    I feel nervous just reading about it! LOL
    Good for you FC, for having the guts tp go up to her 😉

  46. ude February 25, 2010 at 15:21 #

    congrats!!!!!!! what i would give to meet her

  47. Barbara February 25, 2010 at 15:20 #

    wow.just wow 😀 it´s like these past few days are really interesteting for you,right?first BAFTAs than this and Milan 😀 ♥ love it

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2010 at 15:22 #

      I know, my head is spinning.

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2010 at 15:31 #

      I know my head is still spinning

  48. sam February 25, 2010 at 15:20 #

    omg ish.. u werq (D) it out gurl :)) congrats

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