Sunday, August 02, 2009

Elitism is "In Vogue"

Vogue editor Anna Wintour take a (power) trip:

...the Vogue editor in chief suggested a retail-sales strategy which some said amounted to industry price-fixing.

When CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg pointed out, "That's illegal," Wintour said: "Is that something we can change? We have friends in the White House now."

This is not the first time she has made a remark stressing her D.C. "
power ties":

We always felt that Washington rather looked down on us or didn't understand us or wasn't quite ready for us, and now we have an administration that supports us.

Is Anna actually suggesting that she can use her connections with president Obama and the Democratic machine in a way that would help her personally, even if it were to damage retail outlets? Where would she get that idea?

Would it have something to do with money, perhaps?
July, 2008:

Whether she meant to send the message or not, Anna Wintour has reinforced her status as someone not to mess with. As of yesterday, she has been added to the list of Barack Obama's bundlers for raising between $100,000 and $200,000 in campaign contributions.
$1,000-a-head fundraiser, "An Evening with Michelle Obama," she held on June 10 along with Andre Leon Talley, Calvin Klein, and her boyfriend Shelby Bryan, must have been highly successful, because Andre Leon Talley has also been added to the list for contributing between $100,000 and $200,000.

Or perhaps it's all about ego and an overinflated sense of power...note Anna's comments in a
Vogue editorial about Hillary Clinton after she turned down an offer of a cover shot:

"The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying. How has our country come to this? ... This is America, not Saudi Arabia."

Does Anna believe she delivered the presidency to Obama via cash and anti-Hillary commentary? Was she ever promised something by the administration, or by new cover gal Michelle Obama?

Or is it her overwhelming sense of elitism and class superiority that leads her to assume the White House will make fundemental changes to retail law at her bidding?

It's her world now, and you just live it in...bitch.

Wait until she sees how Obamanomics destroys her advertiser and customer base. People paying $8- for a gallon of gas and dealing with doubling doctor bills while frantically wondering if they will still have a job next week are a bit less likely to enjoy buying - or reading about - $10K dresses and the people who flaunt them...

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