She may be the most powerful woman in fashion, but nothing gives Anna Wintour more joy than Roger Federer’s backhand- not even Tom Ford.
The Vogue editor-in-chief, 67, was reportedly the first person out of the designer’s show, rushing out the door and into a car to make it in time for the end of the quarter-finals of the US Open on Wednesday night.
Sadly, it seems the self-declared Federer ‘groupie’ wasn’t enough of a good luck charm for the Swiss tennis star, 36, who suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Juan Martin del Potro, and was eliminated from the competition.
Sorry, Tom! Anna Wintour, 67, was reportedly rushed out of Tom Ford’s fashion show (pictured) on Wednesday to cheer for Roger Federer ar the US Open in Queens
Checking the score: She is said to have sprinted out of the show in Manhattan and was escorted by five security guards as she rushed to an SUV to get to the match in Queens
Her true passion: Unfortunately the self-declared Federer groupie’s presence was not enough to give the Swiss athlete a win and he eventually lost against Juan Martin del Potro
Awe: The fashion icon, who attended the match alongside her daughter Bee Shaffer, was later seen looking devastated from Federer’s loss, and was ‘using her bob as curtains’
According to the New York Post, Wintour sprinted out of New York Fashion Week’s opening show at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan, and into the pouring rain, escorted by five security guards holding umbrellas in an attempt to keep her famous bob dry as she rushed to an SUV to get to the match in Queens.
Wintour had to make a quick exit because the match actually started an hour before the runway show did, giving her a short window to catch it at all.
The fashion icon, who sat courtside, was later seen looking devastated following Federer’s shock loss against Argentinian del Potro, and was desribed as ‘using her bob as curtains,’ as a source told the Post.
It’s no secret that Wintour has a passion for tennis, and particularly for the 19-time grand slam winner, with whom she has become close friends over the years. Few things can put more joy in Wintour’s notoriously expressionless face than tennis and Federer.
And this isn’t even the first time her love for the tennis player has gotten in between fashion and Wintour, who has said that calling herself simply a Federer ‘fan’ is ‘quite an understatement’.
She rocks Tom Ford: Although Wintour, pictured with Tom Ford, is known for her fashion judgment, the Vogue editor-in-chief loves tennis just as much
She loves him: ‘I have missed more than the occasional fashion show—all for the privilege of witnessing Roger play what is surely the greatest tennis of all time’ Wintour said (with Federer)
Off-brand: The notoriously stoned-face Wintour can often be seen looking joyful at tennis matches, particularly when she cheers for Federer
‘I have flown across the world for his tournaments; I’ve endured agony when he’s been a set down and ecstasy when he’s stormed back.
‘I have even missed more than the occasional fashion show—all for the privilege of witnessing Roger play what is surely the greatest tennis of all time,’ she wrote in an essay about her relationship with Federer.
The unlikely friends seem to be a good match; while Wintour said she only wants to discuss tennis with Federer, he usually wants to discuss fashion, surely making for interesting chats as the most respected voices of two industries trade knowledge about their craft with each other.
‘I’ve spent nearly as much time with him at runway shows as I have sitting in his box at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Over the years, he’s been my guest at Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Versace and Alexander McQueen,’ said Wintour.