There’s something about Maureen Dowd’s column in The New York Times yesterday that just rubs us the wrong way, but we’re having a tough time putting a finger on it.
Dowd discussed Vogue‘s Anna Wintour in light of the upcoming documentary centered on the fashion bible’s 2007 September issue. It was a chance for Dowd to really tell us something we didn’t know about Wintour. Instead, she talks about her diet, her clothes and her likeness to Meryl Streep’s character in Devil Wears Prada. The column isn’t serious, it mocks the famously frosty editor. It seems like an unoriginal way to attack a familiar target. If she wants to criticize, can’t Dowd find something new about Wintour to pick on?
“So the question invariably arises: Behind those bangs and dark glasses, is Anna human? Or did she tie Hermes scarves together and make a daring escape from District 9 in a getaway car driven by Oscar de la Renta?”
Although many a shell-shocked assistant may have wondered the same thing, isn’t there something else the New York Times columnist could have latched on to? As the documentary, “The September Issue,” prepares to hit screens on Friday, many journalists, fashionistas and movie reviewers are focusing on Wintour (in fact, the Times ran a great story about the movie last wek) and we don’t blame Dowd for jumping on the bandwagon. Especially when she was “sitting a stiletto’s throw away” from Wintour at Graydon Carter’s Monkey Bar after the doc’s screening at the Museum of Modern Art. But unfortunately, her attempts at humor have all been done before, namely in The Devil Wears Prada, which Dowd references more than once.
It was a chance to comment on a major New York media player, but what could have been the column equivalent of a five-inch Louboutin stiletto just ended up feeling like a well-worn pair of flats.
What do you think about Dowd’s take on Wintour? And are you as excited for “The September Issue” as we are?
The Last Empress —The New York Times