Anna Wintour on Late Night with David Letterman

Anyone see her on the program last week? My mother-in-law, Gretchen, tipped me off to her appearance the morning after the show aired (Letterman is on way past my bedtime).

Anna Wintour was on The Late Night with David Letterman Show last week talking about fashion during a recession.

Thanks to the wonder of the Google search, however, I was able to queue up the entire video segment on my computer the next day. Gretchen’s take is that Wintour was uninspiring with regard to fashion options in a down economy. I agree.

I think Wintour missed an opportunity to celebrate and promote some of the designer-retailer collaborations-Jimmy Choo for H & M-that promote democratization of fashion for consumers. For example, when asked what a consumer with a $20 fashion budget could buy, Wintour said “a lipstick.” Not untrue, but also not inspiring, especially to a nation of television viewers who, chances are, have been hurt by the economy and would like a little more bang for their buck. What did you all think?

Wintour says recessionistas with a $20 fashion budget can buy lipsticks. Really? Does anyone else find this response a tad uninspiring?

Wintour says recessionistas with a $20 fashion budget can buy lipsticks. That’s it?

If the Late Show asked me what fine jewelry lovers could afford in a down economy, I could point to a number of amazing jewelry designs that all cost less than a good cut and color (perhaps even Wintour’s). For less than $250 retail, consumers can find jewelry featuring gemstones and diamond accents, silver with karat gold accents, upscale costume pieces, and more, and all are sure to deliver that euphoric feeling of satisfaction that comes with the purchase of something new and fabulous.

Silver and diamonds by Hot Diamonds

Serenity pendant necklace features diamonds set in sterling, $130 retail, hotdiamonds.com

Open Hearts by Jane Seymour

Open Hearts by Jane Seymour Diamond Ring in silver, $149.99, jared.com

Cherry Blossom ring by Shaun Leane

Silver Single Pink Blossom ring $135.00, shaunleaneshop.com

Peacock ring by Mars and Valentine

Peacock ring with vintage enamel peacock, peridot, blue topaz, pearl, brass, and sterling, $98, marsandvalentine.com

Sterling and glass beaded bracelets by Chamilia

Sterling beads set with Murano glass and Swarovski crystal start at $24 retail, chamilia.com

Tahitian pearl bracelet by Pearl Paradise

8.0-9.0 to 10.0-11.0 Tahitian Baroque Tin Cup pearl bracelet in 14k gold, $220, pearlparadise.com

Sterling wire, iolite, and shell earrings by Silver Curve Studio

Hand-hammered sterling wire with iolite and iridescent shell, $20, silvercurve.etsy.com

Sterling Fleur de Lis earrings with amethys and 18k gold accents by Starhaven by Liz Donahue

Fleur de Lis Earrings in silver with 18k gold accents and gemstones, $140 retail, starhavenusa.com

Mini Pod sterling bangle by Melinda Maria

Mini Pod bangle in sterling, $90 retail, melindamaria.com

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