Always on message, Hillary Clinton stayed the course Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention, keeping voters’ focus on her words and not her white pantsuit.
And why not? Fans, delegates and even former Bernie Sanders supporters had waited all week to witness her historical acceptance speech as the democratic party’s presidential nominee. More than 15 months after she announced her candidacy, Clinton was center stage at the Wells Fargo Center in the suit with coordinating crewneck shell top to state her case to become the 44th president of the United States and the first female one.
While the former first lady of Arkansas went with a Little Rock designer, Sarah Phillips, for Bill Clinton’s first inaugural festivities, the second time around she counted on her friend Oscar de la Renta. More partial to pantsuits in her Secretary of State days, Clinton has worn versions from de la Renta, Armani and Susanna Beverly Hills, among others. Anticipating Thursday night’s acceptance speech, one New York designer said, “I hope Hillary will wear something nice like a dress. But she will probably wear a pantsuit.”
Several designers including Diane von Furstenberg have voiced their support of Clinton in recent months. A bevy of designers including von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Georgina Chapman, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, Joseph Altuzarra, Monique Péan, Eva Fehren, Pamela Love and Tanya Taylor have pitched in by designing Made for History unisex T-shirts for Clinton’s campaign. Sellouts for the $45 shirts include Prabal Gurung’s design and one from Public School’s Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow. Visitors to the Clinton campaign’s online shop will also find testimonials from the aforementioned designers and a $30 statement tank top imprinted with “A Woman’s Place is in the White House.”
Perhaps inspired by the always-polished First Lady Michelle Obama, who delivered her own opening-night address in a striking blue Christian Siriano dress, Chelsea Clinton dressed to impress wearing a red sleeveless dress — a curious color choice for a die-hard Democrat — for her primetime speech. Earlier in the week, the former first daughter was photographed carrying a Bergdorf Goodman garment bag while packing her car for the drive to Philadelphia.
At the DNC, the younger Clinton reportedly vowed her friendship with Ivanka Trump will weather the campaign’s political storm. Team Trump held their own at last week’s Republican National Convention in terms of fashion. Ivanka Trump shrewdly wore her own label for her public appearances in Cleveland. While the narrative of Melania Trump’s opening-night speech wandered, her style message stayed centered. The Republican candidate’s wife wore an ivory-colored Roksanda dress for her first appearance and a similarly designed Fendi one for the closing night.