NEW YORK — While many Americans greeted Election Day with a combination of trepidation and great relief, they had to wait until the early hours of Wednesday morning to see the official tally that Donald Trump had upset Hillary Clinton.
After Clinton phoned Trump to concede the election, the Republican emphasized a need to unite when greeting his cheering supporters at the Hilton Hotel in midtown. Trump maintained his businesslike style wearing a Brioni dark suit, white shirt and a tie from his signature collection. That combination had been his unofficial uniform while campaigning. His wife Melania wore a white, one-shoulder jumpsuit from Ralph Lauren. Interestingly, that has been Clinton’s designer of choice in recent weeks. She bought the jumpsuit at the Ralph Lauren flagship on Madison Avenue.
Clinton opted not to greet a few thousand fans at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Tuesday night, Nov. 8, but she made a formal announcement the following morning.
Perhaps showing signs of a blue sky mentality, Ivanka Trump and her sister Tiffany each chose blue sleeveless dresses watching results with their extended family at Trump Tower. The rest of their Republican crowd caught the race results at the Hilton in midtown.
Clinton, the only American woman to have served as First Lady, New York senator and Secretary of State, motored along on the campaign trail in her signature pantsuit look. Clearly, Clinton ramped up her designer knowledge since the 1993 inauguration, when she wore a violet beaded lace gown with an iridescent blue velvet silk mousseline overskirt designed by Sarah Phillips and made by New York-based costume maker Barbara Matera Ltd.
Earlier in the day the Democratic candidate and self-proclaimed pantsuit aficionado kept things tonal, wearing a khaki jacket with taupe insets on the lapels and pants for her trip to the voting booth at the Douglas G. Grafflin Elementary School in Chappaqua, N.Y. on the morning of Nov. 8, alongside Bill Clinton. Lauren is one of numerous New York designers who had extended their support for Clinton. Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Elie Tahari, Joseph Altuzarra and Prabal Gurung are among the others.
Libby Chamberlain, a previously unknown 33-year-old Maine resident, helped to ignite Clinton’s pantsuit movement by creating the Pantsuit Nation Facebook hub, which as of the night of Nov. 8 was two million strong. Clinton got in on the joke considering her campaign sold “The Everyday Pantsuit Tee” for $30.
After wearing looks from Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Roksanda and Fendi at political events leading up to election day, Melania Trump went with a half American, half European voting outfit, pairing a Michael Kors dress with a Balmain coat, and Hillary Clinton stuck with a Ralph Lauren pantsuit.
The Slovenian-born Melania wore a sleeveless ecru Michael Kors dress for her descent down the escalator at Trump Tower. By the time she and her husband had their ballots in hand standing on the indoor basketball courts at Public School 59, Melania was wearing a camel, gold-buttoned Balmain coat, perched capelike on her shoulders.
Earlier in the day, Chelsea Clinton followed her mother’s lead, wearing a short trenchcoat, skinny jeans and a chunky beige scarf to vote in Brooklyn with her husband Marc Mezvinsky. The couple had their children Charlotte and Aidan in tow for their trip to the polls in New York.
Ivanka Trump made voting a family affair, heading to the polls with her husband Jared Kushner and daughter Arabella Rose Kushner. The entrepreneur and executive vice president at the Trump Organization wore slim black pants, black heels and a belted white coat.