Anna Wintour Just Broke Her Own Fashion Rule at the White House State Dinner

Political events in D.C. don't usually draw a crowd of well-dressed celebrities, but tonight certainly seemed to be the exception. The White House hosted a state dinner in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron's official visit, and it proved to be the ultimate convergence of Hollywood and the Hill. 

Anna Wintour wore a vintage Chanel look from 1983, which came complete with built-in necklaces, belts, and bracelets. Interestingly, Wintour seems to have broken her own fashion rule. Amy Odell was quick to reference Wintour's interview from 2019 in which she had some choice words about everyone's favorite color: "Don't wear all black," Wintour said. "It seems too gloomy—as if one's going to a funeral." While the embellishments on the black gown certainly livened things up, it's highly unusual to see Wintour in anything but colorful prints, so this was a rare sighting indeed. Scroll down to see her outfit and what other celebrities wore to the event. 


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On Anna Wintour: vintage Chanel S/S 83 dress

See What Everyone Wore to the White House State Dinner


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On First Lady Jill Biden: Oscar de la Renta custom dress; On First Lady Brigitte Macron: Louis Vuitton dress


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On Violet Affleck: Carolina Herrera dress; On Jennifer Garner: Ralph Lauren dress


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On Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Monique Lhuillier dress; Tyler Ellis clutch


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On Ariana DeBose: Tony Ward dress


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On Gabriela Hearst: Gabriela Hearst S/S 23 dress

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Erin got her start as a Who What Wear intern over 12 years ago—back when the site only published a single story per day. (Who What Wear has since increased that number twentyfold.) She graduated magna cum laude from USC, which is how she ended up moving to Los Angeles from her hometown of San Diego. In college, she also interned at Refinery29, where she was promoted to editorial assistant and then assistant editor. After nearly three years at R29, she came back to WWW in 2016, where she currently holds the title of Associate Director of Fashion News (as well as the unofficial title of resident royal expert—in case you haven't noticed her numerous Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton stories). She spends her days trying to incorporate her idols, Anna Wintour and Roger Federer, into as many stories as possible. Outside of work, she loves tennis, classic rock, traveling, and smothering her dog with affection.