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Last night in Danville, Kentucky, Vice President Joe Biden and Macho, Macho Man Paul Ryan wore their sparring suits and faced off in the Vice Presidential debate. Apart from the event itself, there was the usual faux-friendly face time between the candidates and their families, which gave us the opportunity to check out the ensembles of wives Jill Biden and Janna Ryan, as well cast some judgment on the tailoring choices made by the boys.
A wise man once said that style has “no place in politics”, but we can’t help but wonder if DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz would beg to differ, especially after debuting what may be one of the most eye-catching hair transformations we’ve seen in a while.
Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad may be fashionable, but she isn’t exactly thoughtful about her image. While her country has spent the last year in the midst of a bloody and tumultuous civil war, according to thousands of personal emails obtained by The Guardian, al-Assad has been shopping up a storm.
Just this week we learned that Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour had convinced a total of 22 designers to create custom clothing for President Barack Obama’s fundraising efforts. The items were quietly posted on the site yesterday and are now available for pre-order. Some of them are cooler than others (and some are distinctly not cool), but at least one of them was designed by new mom Beyoncé!
We’re not sure why we’re surprised, but GOP candidate Rick Santorum is officially capitalizing on the buzz surrounding his signature look. For $100, fans can get their very own, Santorum-approved (and emblazoned!) sweater vest.
Before Hillary Clinton, there was Rep. Charlotte T. Reid (R-Ill.), who made history for being the first woman to wear pants in congress exactly 42 years ago, to the day.
Last night, the nation’s GOP candidates spent an hour, or perhaps in some cases, hours, getting their hair primped, their makeup done, and their ensembles styled — all so they could take part in CNN’s foreign policy debate. Accordingly, we spent an hour, perhaps two, critiquing them.
Michelle Obama is certainly making a great case for white. Following up on last month’s ivory gown by Tom Ford, the First Lady wore a shimmering, beaded creation by Naeem Khan for Tuesday night’s State Dinner in honor of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Try as we might, we (and by we, we mean the fashion community at large) simply can’t convince First Lady Michelle Obama that what she wears has an importance beyond making her look good and covering up what needs covering up. So when she sat down with reporters for lunch at the White House this week, she shooed away the suggestion that her wardrobe is any different from any other American woman’s. “Clothes are just the thing you wear to do the stuff you need to do,” she said.
Washington may not be known for its style, but just like their compatriots in America’s Grand Old Party, there are plenty of democrats know that looking good can be just as important as doing good. And accordingly, we’ve come up with our list of the ten members of the DNC that put as much care into their style as they do their politics.
It’s a dinner that will go down in history. A meeting of two of the most powerful people in the United States, nay, the world. According to WWD, fashion’s most infamous editrix, Anna Wintour, will be hosting a dinner for President Barack Obama in her home Wednesday night. And for those on the intensely guarded guest list, entry comes at the bargain price of $30,400 a head.
We found it strange when news surfaced that a publicly funded high heels walking class was being offered at South Thames College in South-West London. But it seems as though governments around the world are becoming more and more fashion-focused — and another country has found room in their budget for some sartorial goodness.
Hillary‘s penchant for pantsuits proves, the job of Secretary of State comes with a pretty serious dress code. But while arm bearing sheaths may not fly in the Situation Room, it seems former post-holder, Madeleine Albright wasn’t quite as sartorially subdued as her strict tailoring might have suggested.
It’s no secret that for most people, the grass is always greener. Short people wish they were taller, tall people wish they were shorter, and people named Hillary Clinton wish they had Tim Geithner’s hair. We wish we were joking.
The White House rolled out the red carpet last night for a state dinner welcoming Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala, but the best part of the evening might have been First Lady Michelle Obama’s absolutely stunning, sparkling, and cerulean blue gown designed by Peter Soronen.
Unfortunately, like any decision that affects costs of products or services, jobs have been affected by the tanning tax. According to the International Smart Tan Network, women own 67% of indoor tanning facilities. An estimated 9,000 jobs were lost as result of the tax and 1,000 tanning salons were forced to close.
Sarah Palin made a campaign stop Wednesday to support Michele Bachmann and showed up in the following outfit: velvet blazer, black tank, a triple strand of layered pearls, and a large silver cross necklace.
UPDATE: There is a second silver necklace, with an as-of-yet unidentified bauble.
On Friday, the fashion industry got some serious recognition up on Capitol Hill: Washington’s Committee on House Administration approved the formation of the industry’s first caucus.
On Friday, Sarah Palin joined John McCain in Arizona for their first public appearance together since the 2008 election. Instead of focusing on the politics of what Palin was saying — we’ll leave that to Mediaite — we want to take a moment and ask Sarah, who on earth told you to wear that jacket?