Today is the big day and all anyone can seem to talk about (apart from the credit crunch and Kerry Katona slurring her words on This Morning) is the US Presidential race. It’s all policies, plumbers and Saturday Night Live, but fresh from the revelation that Sarah Palin might have had her lipliner tattooed on, I have decided to take a look at the aesthetics of Republicrat 2008.
Long before Miss Alaska came on the scene, Hillary was giving the world a lesson in what (not) to wear as a professional woman.
But over time, things have improved. By combining sharp tailoring and soft muted hues, Ms Rodham Clinton’s notorious power suits scream “Trust me, I mean business – but I’m also very approachable.” Evidently though, people didn’t trust her or approach her enough alas.
Now to Ms Palin. It has recently been revealed that this fascinating creature has been made over to the tune of $150,000. Nice. Maybe I’ll run for Vice-President next time round. My wardrobe could do with a bit of a revamp and I think I’m about as qualified for the job as the pitbull in lipstick. People initially seemed to warm to her all-American working woman bombshell style – gorgeous shoes and chic suits, capped with lashings of lippy, a snappy up do and those famous frameless specs. But then she opens her mouth. A lesson once again that you shouldn’t judge a hockey mom by its cover.
While the presidential race is undoubtedly gripping, let’s not overlook the battle for First Lady. Michelle v Cindy. Effortless v high-maintenance. Cotton jersey v taffeta. Democrat v Republican. Cindy McCain took to the stage at the Republican National Convention wearing a $300,000 outfit (hideous, I might add), a sum that somewhat discredits her husband’s claim to be a man of the people, just another Joe Six-Pack.
Michelle Obama, on the other hand, has chosen elegant ensembles in bright colours, giving her an air of understated confidence, rather like Barack’s approach to the campaign. Maybe the gobstoppers round the neck are a step too far towards approachability though…
I firmly believe that the Democrats have triumphed in the fashion race, but whether this outcome arises on the 4th remains to be seen. Fingers crossed – otherwise it will be frameless specs all round.