Anna Wintour Is Auctioning Off a Pair of Her Iconic Sunglasses

Anna Wintour Is Auctioning Off a Pair of Her Iconic Sunglasses

This is as close as you will ever get to being Anna.

This is as close as you will ever get to being Anna.

Text: Thomas Freeman

As legend has it, when Anna Wintour removes her sunglasses, her eyes emit deadly rays like Cyclops from the X-Men franchise, vaporizing any obsequious fashionista in her vicinity. Whether or not that is true, her sunglasses are essential to her aloof self-presentation.

But the icy editrix has a warm heart, as it turns out: Wintour will be auctioning off of a pair of her iconic Chanel shades, and proceeds will benefit the LGBTQ suicide prevention hotline The Trevor Project.

The man who secured this impossible feat is Ryan Raftery, the New York stage veteran behind the jukebox musical Ryan Raftery Is the Most Powerful Woman In Fashion. Dressing as Anna in drag, Raftery gives his theatrical account of her most polarizing career move: her decision to put Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on Vogue’s April 2014 cover.

The show had its original run in 2014, but Raftery decided to bring it back after President Trump repealed transgender bathroom protections in U.S. schools. All profits from his April 27 performance will be donated to the The Trevor Project, and Anna (also proving her sense of humor) decided to pitch in for an auction that will follow the show.

"The wig and sunglasses are ​the real stars of the show​, so the fact that she has donated her iconic Chanel​s​ to benefit The Trevor Project is thrilling,” Raftery told V. “I'm very happy that the proceeds​ will​ benefit this organization so dear to me and​ necessary to​ thousands of LGBT youth across the country."

The auction will also include a $1,000 gift certificate to Bergdorf Goodman Men's.

Ryan Raftery Is the Most Powerful Woman In Fashion will play Feinstein's/54 Below in New York City on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28 at 7 pm. Raftery’s forthcoming Martha Stewart musical will open this August at Joe’s Pub in New York City.

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