Dear Gossips,

It was announced yesterday that the Costume Institute Gala (aka Met Gala) has been postponed following the advisory from the American Centers for Disease Control that all public gatherings of more than 50 people be avoided for at least eight weeks. The theme for this year’s Costume Institute was “About Time: Fashion and Duration” and Anna Wintour confirmed in a post for yesterday that a preview of the exhibit will be featured in the May 2020 issue of the magazine. But that came at the end of her essay. Most of the piece focused on criticising the Trump administration for its response to coronavirus and declaring who she’s supporting in the upcoming presidential election. I don’t think it’s much of a surprise. 


Idris Elba also made an announcement of his own yesterday: he tested positive for Covid-19. Idris says he has no symptoms but had come in contact with someone who was confirmed to have it: Sophie Trudeau, who was tested positive last week. They were both at We Day in London earlier this month. Idris is now in self-quarantine and, again, he’s feeling OK. But this is why people are being encouraged to practice social distancing. Because you can be asymptomatic and still be a carrier, which means you might pass it on to someone else, which won’t slow the spread or flatten the curve. Please, if you can, avoid public places unless it’s for the essentials and stay home as much as possible. Catch up on reading!

Have you read Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid yet? It’s brilliant. She’s brilliant. Her gift for writing dialogue makes me crazy jealous. Put it on your book list! As for me, I have in between episodes of High Fidelity and the BTS archive gone back to Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad and am currently halfway through The Trespasser. If you’ve never read Tana French, you don’t have to start with the first book in the series – I started with The Secret Place and then couldn’t stop. I had to force myself to stop, it was seriously dominating my life, and not because of the suspense but because of the way she develops her characters. The New Yorker had a great interview with Tana French last summer and she talks about how being an actor is the key to her writing. Please nobody share this with Sean Penn. 

Attached – Idris Elba at the Met Gala last year with his wife Sabrina. 

Yours in gossip,