Bankman-Fried blew her off at Met Gala, Michael Lewis says

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Bankman-Fried blew her off at Met Gala, Michael Lewis says

His crypto billionaire uniform was a slender T - shirt and baggy cargo shorts, and his attire as a crypto criminal is an ill-fitting suit.

When celebrities, magazines and former leaders of the free world visited him every step of the way, not even the queen of fashion and editor of Vogue, Anna Wintour, could resist someone with no concern for his clothing. Well, that's until Bankman-Fried blew her off.

In an excerpt of his forthcoming chronicle of Bankman-Fried's rise and fall, Michael Lewis, who has published blockbuster hits such as The Big Short and Moneyball, explains how Bankman-Fried entertained Wintour's invitation to the Met Gala, arguably the most watched fashion event of the year, only to, like so many of his commitments, not show up.

On Valentine's Day in 2022, along with a tour of Los Angeles and meal after meal with celebrities like Shaquille Os largest crypto exchanges before it suddenly went bankrupt almost a year ago, he nodded along with repeated 'yups as Wintour spoke over Zoom, but most of the time, he played his favorite video game, Storybook Brawl.

Given the impression that Bankman-Fried's distracted nods were a yes to her invitation and suggestions for a sponsorship, Wintour 'warmly' ended the conversation. The cofounder, FTX, was unconvinced.

Bankman-Fried's team planned as if he was going to the fashion event of the year, sounding out Louis Vuitton to see whether it was possible to design a couture version of Bankman-Fried's T-shirt-and-cargo-pants uniform, and paying Tom Ford to design an outfit replete with $65,000 cufflinks.

Inevitably, Bankman-Fried backed out of the gala, and as opposed to the polite notes of understanding from the numerous other celebrities he's bailed on, Wintour's team was outraged. The former head of public relations at FTX, Lewis said.

A spokeswoman for Vogue magazine Condé Nast told Fortune that Lewis's report was 'not accurate' without elaborating.

The account of Bankman-Fried's brief flirtation with the rarefied echelons of fashion is just one of many previously unreported anecdotes to come out of Lewis' highly anticipated book, Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon.

Bankman-Fried's musings of whether to pay former president Donald Trump billions to bow out of the 2024 presidential race and the previously unreported sums the FTX cofounder pledged to Tom Brady, a model and Brady's ex-wife, for 'partnering' with the crypto exchange.

Going Infinite is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, the day that Bankman-Fried's trial is scheduled to begin. Oral arguments will commence the following day in what is sure to be one of the most highly-respected white-collar criminal cases of the decade.

Update, Oct. 3, 2023: Added statement from Vogue disputing Lewis's account.