The Mirror reported that Wintour was overheard discussing the controversy surrounding the Donald J. Trump Foundation, the President-elect charity’s which came under scrutiny during his presidential campaign. “Trump’s foundation has done nothing,” Wintour said, according to the Mirror. “Its board is packed with relatives, and he’s going to use his presidency to sell himself and his brand and profit personally for himself and his family.”
Wintour, who publicly supported and fundraised for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, apologized for her comments after being contacted by the Mirror. “I immediately regretted my comments, and I apologise. I hope that President-elect Trump will be a successful president for us all,” Wintour told the Mirror. (The quote was subsequently confirmed by a Vogue spokesperson by New York Magazine.)
Wintour then met with Trump on Tuesday, a Trump transition official confirmed to ABC. It’s unclear what the two discussed at the meeting. Wintour and Trump have had a somewhat friendly relationship in the past. Wintour attended Trump’s 2005 wedding to Melania Trump, and even put the incoming First Lady on the cover of Vogue in her wedding dress. The magazine has also featured Ivanka Trump and his former wives Ivana Trump and Marla Maples in the past.
The meeting raises additional questions about how the fashion industry will work with the new first family. Some designers, including Sophie Theallet and Tom Ford, have said they won’t dress incoming First Lady Melania Trump, while others, like Tommy Hilfiger and Diane von Furstenberg, have said that they will. Vogue hasn’t outright dismissed the idea of giving the new First Lady a cover, per its tradition. “While we never comment on future editorial, Vogue has a long, rich history, dating back to Mrs. Helen Taft, of covering America’s First Ladies, regardless of party affiliation,” a spokesperson for Vogue told the Business of Fashion after the election.