GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT: For what was likely the most important speech of her political life, Hillary Clinton thanked supporters Wednesday morning with a message of fortitude and perseverance, wearing a Ralph Lauren Collection pantsuit.
Unwavering in her delivery, Clinton accepted her presidential defeat and encouraged voters to unify. “This is painful, and it will be for a long time. But I want you to remember this: Our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love — and about building an America that’s hopeful, inclusive and big-hearted,” she said.
The former candidate stood tall wearing a Ralph Lauren Collection charcoal gray wool flannel jacket with contrast purple silk charmeuse lapels, a silk charmeuse blouse and charcoal gray wool flannel pants. Purple was the color of choice at Wednesday’s event at the New Yorker Hotel. Bill Clinton sported a purple tie with his dark suit, and her former running mate Tim Kaine’s wife Anne Holton shared a place on the stage, wearing a long knitted aubergine vest with her black pants and long-sleeve shirt. Clinton’s stalwart confidante also wore a deep plum sweater beneath her dove gray suit. Considered to be uplifting and calming, purple is also said to be a sign of “power, nobility, luxury and ambition” among other things.
At the polls Tuesday morning in Chappaqua, N.Y., the Democratic presidential nominee and self-proclaimed pantsuit aficionado kept things tonal, wearing a khaki-colored jacket with taupe insets on the lapels and pants for her trip to the voting booth. And for Monday night’s pre-election night rally with Beyoncé and Bruce Springsteen in Philadelphia, Clinton appeared to wear the same red Ralph Lauren pantsuit she’d worn to debate Donald Trump at Hofstra University earlier this fall. The former First Lady also wore a Ralph Lauren Collection creme-colored wool crepe curved-front jacket with horn buttons and matching wool crepe pants for last month’s final debate.
Interestingly, the incoming First Lady Melania Trump also opted for a Ralph Lauren design — a one-shoulder white jumpsuit — for her husband’s acceptance speech early Wednesday morning at the Hilton Hotel in midtown. Lauren is a known supporter of Clinton, but Trump bought her Election Night outfit at the designer’s Madison Avenue store. Party politics aside, Clinton started her remarks by reminding the crowd that she had offered to work with Donald Trump on behalf of our country.
While Clinton’s public thanks at Wednesday’s event at The New Yorker Hotel caused Huma Abedin and other members of her inner circle to wipe away a tear or two, the Democrat also lauded “the millions of volunteers, community leaders, activists and union organizers who knocked on doors, talked to neighbors, posted on Facebook — even in secret or in private — I want everybody coming out from behind that and make sure your voices are heard going forward.” (That was a wink at the two-million strong invite-only “Pantsuit Nation” hub started by 33-year-old Maine resident Libby Chamberlain.)
And by the point the former Secretary of State stressed to “the many who are at the beginning of their professional, public and political careers, “…this loss hurts but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.” her husband Bill Clinton nodded affirmatively. “It is, it is worth it. And so we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives.”
In wrapping up her 12-minute speech, Clinton said, “I count my blessings every single day that I am an American and I still believe as deeply as I ever have that if we stand together and work together with respect for our differences, strength in our convictions and love for this nation, our best days are still ahead of us,” Clinton said. “Because you know I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together. And you should never, ever regret fighting for that.”