Last night, I was TV channel surfing, being something of a night owl/insomniac, and I came across Vogue Editor Anna Wintour’s appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. Anna is the alleged doppelganger for Meryl Streep’s character in “The Devil Wears Prada.” Is this a myth or truth? Only Vogue staffers know for sure. On Letterman, she displayed a wee touch of Meryl’s movie bite when she told Letterman about shorter pants that would display his love of colorful socks better. But what I found most interesting about the whole thing is that Anna is out making media appearances pre-Fashion Week to promote the event and the Vogue documentary, The September issue. Interesting to see a magazine editor on a talk show before a MAJOR fashion event that is evolving in the midst of an economic downturn ( a downturn that is not going away as quickly as hoped.) But even cooler than turning up on Dave’s show, is the fact that Anna will be hoping over to Macy’s in Queens on Sept. 10. I LOVE THIS. Anna will be working the economic stimulus by trying to get consumers into Macy’s. While at Macy’s she will be signing T-shirts. How delicious is this? A low priced item, a Fashion Night Out T-shirt, will be signed by Anna for the first 50 customers. I understand one of Macy’s mainstay designers Michael Kors will also be on hand. Macy’s is one of over 700 designers, retailers, and brands participating in Fashion’s Night Out events on September 10. Eventually, this event will go global with events to be held around the world. T-Shirts for all! But will there be accessible, affordable fashion for all? Stay tuned. When the Queen of Vogue pops over to Macy’s, and not the one in Manhattan’s Herald Square, you know the times really are a chang’in.
Check Anna’s appearance on Letterman on YouTube in case you missed it. Anna talks about Fashion’s Night Out on Sept. 10th and the united attempt to get people back in the stores. Dave asked if the prices would be dropped in order to get consumers back. When Dave asked her what could be bought for $20.00, she mentioned lipstick! Mm…is that Chanel lipstick? Anna, we should talk. There might be a few more things other than lipstick that could be recommended. This is the raison d’etre of The Recessionista.