THE goddess of style has apologised following a wave of criticism for describing a Kanye West fashion show as “migrant chic”.
Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of American Vogue, used the phrase during an appearance on US talk show Late Night with Seth Meyers.
“I apologise if my remark was offensive in any way,” she said.
“The migrant crisis is real, and I didn’t intend to trivialise that issue.”
Sitting with Meyers, Wintour discussed pictures of her siting alone at Madison Square Garden, in New York where West was debuting his new album, The Life of Pablo, and his Adidas Yeezy season 3 fashion line.
She said she was early and was “waiting for the Kardashians to arrive en masse – and Jay-Z. So, eventually, they did turn up and The Life of Pablo concert started and the migrant chic fashion show started and they were both wonderful.”
The comment prompted a flurry of criticism by social media users who said it was insensitive.
“So, definitely not the best or most sensitive thing to say,” said one Facebook user.
Another was more blunt, “Sorry, but what the f***! Wintour”.
West has not publicly responded to the comments.
A photograph of a Rwandan refugee camp taken by Paul Lowe inspired Yeezy Season Three.
It appeared on the invitation to Kanye’s show at New York Fashion Week this winter.