First, a refresher on That Instagram Thing: In late August, Linton posted a pic of herself accompanying her husband on a work trip and, as so many moneyed fashionistas do, tagged the designers of the clothes she sported, name-dropping the pricey likes of Hermes and Tom Ford. When commenters called her out, she responded to one woman with a condescending rant about her husband’s wealth.
Linton deleted it all and apologized, but the screen grabs aren’t the only reason we’re reliving it — the Scottish actress/writer is rehashing it herself in the most recent issue of Washington Life magazine devoted to the Washington high-society set’s season of balls and galas. As described by Washington Life editor Virginia Coyne, the original photo shoot to accompany the long-planned cover story and interview was canceled, because it was set for just after the Instagram controversy. But Linton agreed to reschedule and used the interview to don a couture version of a hair shirt.
“I one hundred percent embrace the comments of my critics and I concede wholeheartedly that the post was boastful and materialistic and my response was extremely thoughtless,” she told Coyne. “I should have known better than to be so insensitive.”
The interview is both a public apology and an attempt to pivot on a designer stiletto, a feat made slightly more difficult by her previous flaunting of her wealth, which is mostly courtesy of her husband, a former Goldman Sachs exec (she shared a tour of her many-carated jewelry box with Town & Country magazine and boasted of her custom Ines Di Santo wedding gown). But still, she’s trying. Albeit in more Ines Di Santo frocks.
“I see the irony of making an apology in a ball gown,” she acknowledges in the Washington Life interview. “But it would be dishonest to proclaim that I’m never going to go to another social function. That’s also part of my life. Charity fundraising galas have always been a wonderful way to support a myriad of causes.”