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The Dirty Laundry of the Also-Ran

Cindy and Sarah

When Michelle Obama stepped out onto the walkway of her husband's acceptance rally in Chicago last night wearing a Narciso Rodriguez number, the future First Lady caused an already divided nation to become even more divided-er: Was her frock divine or a rare misstep for Ms. Obama?

Michelle's understated style already has fashion experts claiming she's the new Jackie O. (minus the J. Crew wear), and despite criticism of last night's choice, Narciso Rodriguez will likely benefit from Obama's outfit, just like Michelle's other favorite designer, Maria Pinto did (her sales spiked 45%).

But what about the two other ladies whose style choices have been at the forefront of this election. Both Sarah Palin and Cindy McCain have been attacked for their expensive tastes. Cindy because of her beer money and unpaid taxes, and Sarah Palin because of her cah-razy Supermarket Sweep through Saks.

Who wants to guess how their favorite designers will deal with the upcoming fallout for forever being associated with that crazy lady from Alaska/that crazy lady that looks like Skeletor?

Cindy McCain's Style
Oscar de la Renta, Escada, Michael Kors, and Carolina Herrera: $3,000 for the de la Renta, and even more for the accessories for a recent stage-sharing with Laura Bush. Says Glamour's deputy fashion director Sasha Iglehart: "Cindy McCain accessorizes like a woman of her generation. It has all that sparkling going on."

Too bad that money just went back into the Democrats pockets — Oscar and Annette de la Renta both gave to the Hillary campaign this year.

Sarah Palin's Style
Escada and Kazuo Kawasaki glasses.

Palin's new lenses from the Japanese designer saw a bump since she and Tina Fey made being four eyes popular again. And Escada creative director Damiano Biella is a little more grateful for Palin's patronage than the de la Rentas.

But unfortunately Escada stock has been dipping since the first quarter, around the time Cindy started wearing it. Of course that could have more to do with the terrible market than some shi-shi's desire not to look like the losing candidate or their wives, but whatevs. Still goes to show: the opposite of a bump is still a slump, not an even keel.

Comments (7)
No. 1 · Jeanine

Michelle Obama has no stylists, she is a mom who can dress stylishly on her own, BUT who will sometimes err. It makes her accessible, and down to earth. Contrast that with the look of Cindy McCain on Election night. A beautiful woman, probably a very nice one too, but her gold dress made her look stiff, and remote. I'll take the occasional lava-lamp mistake with Michelle, over pristine, unwrinkled coldness in appearance any day.

Posted: Nov 5, 2008 at 10:53 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 2 · alm

great dress, poorly fitted. better fit would have possibly helped the crop sweater added to the look.
kinda looked like a black widow or a tomato.

Posted: Nov 6, 2008 at 12:19 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 3 · WHM

The dress was no mistake. It was disguising a "terrorist" baby bump! The lovely lady is pregnant!!

Posted: Nov 6, 2008 at 9:37 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 4 · Nancy

I gasped when I saw Michelle Obama walk onstage in tht dress. The first impression was that of a black widow spider. Let's hope it's not prophetic.
I find it interesting no one else has seen that.

Posted: Nov 6, 2008 at 12:39 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 5 · Alex

Does anyone notice how the new first family looks TOGETHER!? The president-elect wears a dark suit with a red tie. One daughter wears an all black dress, the other an all red dress and all together they look nice as an ensemble. Too bad a few viewers focus on the individual - not the whole. Also - in a message of unity they are the first family - from the "blue" party wearing predominantly red, is this a show of unity, of ever-present political stagecraft and messaging? Me thinks so - Also, we have so much more on our palate as a country than to worry about fashion of our politicians - besides, with that said politicians dress horribly and the last truly well dressed president was Harry Truman - a former haberdasher so beat that all you neauvoux riche,know-nothing, wannabe fashionistas; there is real debate to be had - this is not American Idol, capiche?

Posted: Nov 6, 2008 at 2:15 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 6 · beba

Ya know , I love fashion and usually pay attention to it. But I DID NOT EVEN NOTICE Michelle Obama's outfit except that it was striking in general. I could not take my eyes off the happiness of the crowd and the nation and the new first family. The glow was all I ever really saw.

Let's all wear whatever we like and try to live meaningful lives.

Posted: Nov 6, 2008 at 11:10 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 7 · Elaine K. Tischler

Michelle Obama does not have to worry about being copied. I cannot imagine anyone wanting to wear anything like that.

Posted: Nov 10, 2008 at 9:07 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
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