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Sophie Hunter and Anna Wintour at Valentino Fashion Show in Paris Wednesday January 28, 2015

Picture by Stéphane Feugère

Front Row at Valentino

By 

Joelle Diderich

TAKE ME TO THE CHURCH: Sophie Hunter, the fiancée of British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, is getting red-carpet tips from a top fashion authority: Anna Wintour.


Hunter, who took in the Valentino haute couture show in Paris on Wednesday, was sitting next to the U.S. Vogue editor in chief. “She can take all of the credit. That’s the reason I’m here,” said Hunter, wearing a lacy white shirt dress that concealed her nascent baby bump.

The British theater director and actress is preparing to direct two pieces written by British composer Benjamin Britten. One will debut at the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival, and the other at the Aldeburgh Festival. Hunter is also due to give birth at around the same time.

No word on whether she is considering Valentino for her imminent wedding or the Academy Awards, where Cumberbatch is a Best Actor nominee for “The Imitation Game.”