The Dirty Laundry of the Also-Ran
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.